CBS, Time Warner Cable Battle Over Fees
CBS and Time Warner Cable are in a public spat over fees in three major TV markets including New York.
If it’s not resolved, WCBS and sister station WLNY would go dark on TWC cable systems starting Wednesday. Stations in Los Angeles and Dallas would also be affected.
The dispute is over how much Time Warner Cable pays for retransmitting signals. Dozens of blackouts have occurred nationwide in fee fights, but many get resolved at the last minute.
In ads currently running on WCBS the network points out that its stations have never been the subject of a blackout. It is rallying listeners to their side of the argument on a website being promoted on the company’s 2 TV stations and five radio stations in New York.
If the fight lingers, Time Warner Cable customers could lose access to new episodes of “Under the Dome” and the 15th season of “Big Brother.” Both are available online after a slight delay. It would also block NFL games from being shown; CBS is home to the Jets and AFC games.
Time Warner is available in a number of New Jersey communities including Keyport, Lakewood, Morristown, Neptune, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Toms River and Woodbridge.
The Associated Press contributed to this story