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Re: Off Topic - CBS / Time Warner Cable Negotiations

Postby Charlie Big » Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:33 pm

Quote HOT PINK: This was reported in the LA Times yesterday:

Time Warner Cable customers fuming as CBS blackout drags on

Justin Bass is a big Los Angeles Dodgers fan, but for nearly four weeks he has been shut out of the action.

The continuing contract dispute between television giants CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. has blacked out the CBS-owned KCBS Channel 2 and KCAL Channel 9 in more than 1 million Los Angeles homes served by the cable company.

Time Warner Cable customers like Bass, unless they have installed an over-the-air antenna to capture the broadcast signal, have missed nine Dodgers games that have aired on KCAL.

"This is so frustrating," Bass said. "The whole system is broken. There's no recourse. I just have to sit here and take it."

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It's not just baseball lovers. Fans in Texas have missed three preseason contests featuring the Dallas Cowboys. Coverage of the New York Jets has been grounded in New York, another major city served by Time Warner Cable.

Analysts watching the prolonged dispute say the upcoming football season is likely to provide the tipping point, with both television companies under increased pressure — from viewers, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission — to resolve their differences.

"The problem is, Congress is out, the FCC is waiting to confirm a new chair, and pretty much everyone is resigned to blackouts as the 'new normal,'" said Harold Feld, senior vice president of the public interest group Public Knowledge.

"If this is still dragging on even after football season starts, more people will start complaining, and we'll get some political pressure to break the stalemate."

The National Football League season starts Sept. 5, and CBS is expected to broadcast its first regular season game Sept. 8. Consumer outrage is expected to ignite if the blackout isn't over within two weeks.

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On Sept. 14, CBS plans to broadcast a highly anticipated Southeastern Conference college football clash between Alabama and Texas A&M. On Sept. 15, CBS will air the much-hyped "Manning versus Manning" NFL game, in which Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos faces off against his younger brother Eli of the New York Giants.

Meanwhile, CBS and Time Warner Cable remain "in active negotiations," according to representatives for the two companies.

But the two sides appear far apart on key provisions of a new deal, including the amount that Time Warner Cable pays CBS each month to provide the CBS channels to its subscribers and the digital streaming rights for CBS' popular shows "NCIS," "Big Brother," "The Big Bang Theory" and "Hawaii Five-O."

Time Warner Cable wants rights to provide CBS content to its Internet customers in its service area, and CBS has balked at providing streaming rights as part of the pact.

In recent years, CBS has been quick to exploit a new revenue stream provided by digital services such as Netflix and Amazon.com, which are paying tens of millions of dollars for exclusive content, such as CBS' popular summer series "Under the Dome." CBS expects Time Warner Cable to pay more to claim an Internet window.

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Time Warner Cable separately has been sparring with Journal Broadcast Group, which has led to a more than monthlong blackout of the local NBC affiliate in Palm Springs.

Richard Greenfield, a media analyst with investment firm BTIG Research, said the lengthy contract disputes and blackouts are partly the result of outmoded rules governing the TV industry.

"Just like the 1992 Cable Act did not envision video competitors like satellite, telephone companies and Google, let alone over-the-top video companies that may launch like Sony and Intel Corp., [it] did not address digital because digital did not exist," Greenfield said. "The FCC must intervene until Congress updates the legislation."

Copyright © 2013, Los Angeles Times


I don't blame Time/Warner in this at all. They are not being unreasonable. The problem witht he networks is that they are assuming that they are worth more than they are. They are all out of line and Time/Warner is not about to be bullied by people who are already in financial straights. CBS is basically looking to Time/Warner to bail them out and Time/Warner isn't that stupid. Cable is taking over the networks more and more everyday and CBS is being arrogant, thinking that anyone needs them. They don't have the product to back up that kind of attitude. I am hoping that Time/Warner holds thier feet to the fire.

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Re: Off Topic - CBS / Time Warner Cable Negotiations

Postby HOT PINK » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:57 pm

FINALLY!!! From Deadline.com

Time Warner & CBS End Standoff, Reach Content Carriage Agreement; Programming To Return Within 24 Hours

"UPDATE, 2:40 PM: CBS channels will be reinstated by Time Warner “effective immediately” in NY, LA, and Dallas per an internal memo issued late Monday from CBS Corp. head Les Moonves. Showtime subscribers will also see their service returned nationwide. According to TWC, the service reinstatement will occur within 24 hours. CBS Corp. head Les Moonves informed CBS employees of the pact Monday evening:

I am pleased to inform you that this evening we concluded our content carriage agreement with Time Warner Cable. Effective immediately, CBS will be back on the Time Warner Cable systems in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, and Showtime will be available to their subscribers across the nation. All other disruptions to our viewers will cease, and things will go back to normal, with a new and beneficial agreement in place.

This was a far more protracted dispute than anyone at CBS anticipated, but in spite of the pain it caused to all of us, and most importantly the inconvenience to our viewers who were affected, it was an important one, and one worth pursuing to a satisfactory conclusion. That has been achieved. The final agreements with Time Warner Cable deliver to us all the value and terms that we sought in these discussions. We are receiving fair compensation for CBS content and we also have the ability to monetize our content going forward on all the new, developing platforms that are right now transforming the way people watch television.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those who worked so diligently – around the clock in many cases – to produce this excellent outcome. Thanks go to our Chief Operating Officer, Joe Ianniello, who spearheaded the negotiating efforts, and to Ray Hopkins, our new President of Television Distribution, who was our chief negotiator. Supporting their efforts were the tireless teams at Law, Marketing, Communications and virtually every other department in our company, all of whom came together to make sure this important job was done right. Our thanks to them all.

This has been a difficult time for our viewers and for CBS. I am glad it’s behind us. After a terrific summer of programming, we now all look forward to the new television season. It’s good to be back.

PREVIOUS, 2:15 PM: BREAKING: Time Warner Cable and CBS have settled the ongoing cable war that began August 2 and led to a network blackout of CBS and Showtime channels for TWC subscribers. With the NFL season and U.S. Open semis/finals looming a resolution seemed to be on the horizon as recently as Friday:

NEW YORK- September 2, 2013 – CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached an agreement for carriage of CBS owned stations on Time Warner Cable systems across the country, as well as Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, it was announced today by representatives for the companies. Programming on all networks will resume at 6:00 PM, ET today. Though specific terms of the deal are not being disclosed, the agreement includes retransmission consent, as well as Showtime Anytime and VOD, for CBS stations on Time Warner Cable systems in New York (WCBS and WLYW), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL) and Dallas (KTVT and KTXA.)"

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Re: Off Topic - CBS / Time Warner Cable Negotiations

Postby HOT PINK » Mon Sep 02, 2013 6:11 pm

And, here's an article that was just posted by The New York Times:

CBS and Time Warner Cable End Contract Dispute

"CBS and Time Warner Cable ended their protracted contract dispute Monday evening with the announcement of an agreement that restored CBS and its related channels, like Showtime, to millions of cable subscribers largely in three major cities, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

The two sides did not release any specific information on the terms. They had battled for exactly a month over an increase in fees CBS was seeking for the right to retransmit CBS stations in those cities and some other locations on Time Warner Cable systems. Another key issue was whether CBS would retain some digital rights that it wants to sell to Web-based distributors like Netflix and Amazon.

In a memo to the CBS staff, the corporation president, Leslie Moonves, said, “The final agreements with Time Warner Cable deliver to us all the value and terms that we sought in these discussions. We are receiving fair compensation for CBS content and we also have the ability to monetize our content going forward on all the new, developing platforms that are right now transforming the way people watch television.”

Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement: “We’re pleased to be able to restore CBS programming for our customers, and appreciate their patience and loyalty throughout the dispute. As in all of our negotiations, we wanted to hold down costs and retain our ability to deliver a great video experience for our customers. While we certainly didn’t get everything we wanted, ultimately we ended up in a much better place than when we started.”

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Re: Off Topic - CBS / Time Warner Cable Negotiations

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Postby alanadz » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:07 pm

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