CBS Affils Support CBS In TWC Dispute

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.

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.”

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Shenee Howard says:

August 7, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Hmmm, so does this become the retransmission fee battle that finally forces the rules and model to change? Personally, I would prefer ala carte, and not pay for the extra crap the programmers force (like Viacom, shopping channels, etc) and we, the consumer decide what we are willing to watch and pay for.

    Wagner Pereira says:

    August 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Will be interesting to see how you like paying $80+ for cable (not including stb/dvr fees) and only getting 10 channels.

    Debra winans says:

    August 8, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Insider….you keep making these posts that imply that cable providers are going to have to pay broadcast nets retrans fees so they can stay in business and that people are going to pay $80 per month for 10 cable networks just so cable stays in business. Why? Being anti-consumer is not a good business model.

Keith ONeal says:

August 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm

No surprise here.

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