updated 05:39 pm EDT, Mon September 2, 2013
Programming block lasted one full month, channels returning 6PM EST
CBS and Time Warner Cable have come to an agreement for the cable company to continue to show CBS-owned programming for CBS stations in New York (WCBS and WLYW), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL) and Dallas (KTVT and KTXA). Programming on all networks will resume at 6PM ET today. The deal covers Showtime, CBS Sports, and the Smithsonian Channel, among others. The channel block lasted for 31 days before today's deal was signed.
CBS called the Time Warner yanking of the programming and resultant negotiation failure "injurious not only to our many affected viewers, but also to Time Warner Cable itself. Throughout this process, Time Warner Cable has conducted negotiations in a combative and non-productive spirit, indulging in pointless brinksmanship and distorted public positioning -- such as the fictional and ridiculous 600 percent increase CBS supposedly demanded -- while maintaining antiquated positions no longer held by any other programming distributor in the business."
CBS claimed to want "fair compensation for the most-watched television network with the most popular content in the world. We will not accept less. We will not sign away rights not granted to others. We will not give up our channel position or any other asset by which our viewers identify us."
A statement from Time Warner during the disconnect claimed that the cable company "offered to pay reasonable increases, but CBS's demands are out of line and unfair -- and they want Time Warner Cable to pay more than others pay for the same programming. Time Warner pointed customers to alternatives, such as Aereo, CBS.com and over-the-air antenna reception as temporary alternatives, but the cable provider's recommendation of CBS.com as an alternative outlet has met with failure for Road Runner customers, as CBS has blocked all IP addresses coming from the Time Warner-owned service.
According to sources, Time Warner Cable previously paid between 75 cents and $1 per subscriber. CBS is reported to be seeking as much as $2 per customer despite reports of up to a 600 percent increase. No details of the current deal have been made public.