Posted: 8:14 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, 2013
By Gina Carbone
UPDATE: Hooray! CBS and Showtime are finally back for Time Warner Cable customers, according to EW. So you can officially stop reading books again and getting back to TV!
Service resumed at 3 p.m. ET today, although specific terms of the new deal were not disclosed. This has been a long time coming for the 3 million-plus Time Warner customers who have been without many of their favorite CBS and Showtime shows — including Big Brother and Under the Dome — since August 2.
This news comes just in the nick of time, as the NFL season starts this Sunday, and then the new CBS fall schedule begins later this month. Long story short: It's about freakin' time!
Original story: Bye Dexter! See ya, Ray Donovan. Can't even see you On Demand anymore.
Time Warner Cable has dropped both CBS and Showtime (and other cable networks, see below) from its lineup in several major markets as part of an ongoing money dispute. (CBS's parent company owns Showtime.) TWC was reportedly given the option to continue airing content during negotiations, but they pulled the plug Friday night (August 2).
As CBS said in a statement, "The service interruption is not only completely unnecessary, but totally punitive to our subscribers, and will impact and inconvenience millions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers in major markets across the country. Major markets affected include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Tampa, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, San Diego, Columbus, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Austin and Detroit, among many others."
Over in southeastern North Carolina, this Time Warner customer still has CBS but Showtime is gone. It just says "Data Not Available" for the Showtime stations and the On Demand option has just disappeared. In its statement, CBS reminds us that this means we're missing the final season of Dexter and may not be able to see the new season of Homeland. Great.
For its part, Time Warner sent an e-mail reading, "CBS Corporation, the owner of several TV networks and broadcast TV stations, has made outrageous demands for the right to continue delivering their programming to our customers. As a result, several CBS-owned channels have been removed from your lineup while we continue to negotiate for fair and reasonable terms. We deeply regret being forced into this position by CBS, but we're prepared to stand by our customers and do what it takes to fight these unreasonable demands." The affected channels are: CBS owned-and-operated TV stations in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and Pittsburgh. If the city of your CBS station isn't listed here, you are not subject to a CBS station blackout because of CBS actions. But you will see some impacts for these stations: Showtime, The Movie Channel, Flix, Smithsonian Channel.
However, they added that we now have courtesy access to Starz and Encore "as replacement programming on a temporary basis."
So we have no Showtime, Movie Channel, Flix, Smithsonian and, in some cases, CBS. But we have Starz and Encore, for now.
This is like an ugly divorce where we, the children, suffer most.