CBS has gone dark in some of the largest media markets Dallas, New York, and L.A.
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“This is the first time in its history that CBS has been dropped from a cable system. Time Warner Cable, on the other hand, has a long history of taking channels off the air — more than 50 in the last five years alone,” It has also chosen to drop Showtime, which is owned by CBS, a move that is completely unnecessary and totally punitive to its subscribers.”
“Our customers chose to subscribe to Showtime, and Time Warner Cable in turn chose to pull our service from the subscribers we both serve. Attempts to reach an extension on negotiations were denied by Time Warner Cable, resulting in Showtime going dark in major markets.”
TMC, FLIX and Smithsonian are also going dark as a result of the failed negotiations that began after a 2009 agreement expired at the end of June. The deadline for the negotiations was originally July 24, but has been pushed back several times since.