The board of directors of the CBS Television Network Affiliates Association today came out in support of CBS Corp. in its retransmission consent dispute with Time Warner Cable.
CBS Affils Support CBS In TWC Dispute
The group’s statement said: “The board of directors of the CBS Television Network Affiliates Association supports CBS’s efforts to obtain market-based compensation and other terms in its negotiations with Time Warner Cable. By refusing to offer CBS rates that are comparable to those paid for lower rated channels and by rejecting CBS’s offer of a one-week extension, it is Time Warner Cable — and not CBS — that has chosen to deprive Time Warner Cable’s subscribers of CBS programming.
“Time Warner Cable’s decision to pull CBS’s stations is not surprising, given that it has repeatedly pulled stations from its systems throughout the country over the past few years. In fact, a full 80% of the retransmission consent “blackouts” that have occurred since the beginning of 2012 have involved Time Warner Cable, Dish and DirecTV alone.
“These numbers underscore that it is the tactics of these distributors that are a threat to consumers, not retransmission consent. We applaud CBS for its efforts to secure fees that will support its continued investment in the highest quality news, sports and entertainment programming, so that this content can remain available to all Americans, whether they subscribe to pay-TV services like Time Warner Cable or receive this programming for free over the air.”