CBS, Time Warner deal ends NY, LA, Dallas blackout

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 3, 2013 at 5:07 am •  Published: September 3, 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — A monthlong standoff that prevented millions of viewers from watching hit shows like "Under the Dome" and "NCIS" — and threatened to interfere with the start of football season — ended Monday after Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. resolved a programming dispute.

The deal covers more than 3 million homes in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles that hadn't been able to receive programming from CBS or CBS-owned channels since Aug. 2. Broadcasting resumed Monday evening on the East Coast.

The companies had been fighting over how much Time Warner Cable Inc. would pay for programming on CBS and other channels, including Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian channel. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

The agreement includes retransmission fees the cable operator pays to CBS per subscriber, which had been a sticking point.

The disagreement came at a touchy time for networks and cable companies as more and more Americans are turning to alternative ways to watch TV, including online or on Internet-connected TVs. Added pressure was on the two companies to reach an agreement with CBS holding deals to broadcast NFL and Southeastern Conference football, as well as the start of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

The blackout affected about 1.1 million of New York's 7.4 million television households that get CBS. An estimated 1.3 million of 5.6 million households in Los Angeles were blacked out, along with 400,000 of Dallas' 2.6 million TV homes, CBS said. Those are three of the nation's five most populous television markets.

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