Originally posted on Variety:
Time Warner Cable — after announcing it was removing local CBS stations in New York, L.A. and Dallas as well as Showtime and three other CBS cablers from lineups nationwide over a breakdown in contract talks — said it was holding off on going dark on the channels at CBS’s request.
Shortly after midnight Eastern, TWC said the “outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corporation” forced the cable operator to remove several of the Eye’s networks and broadcast stations from customers’ lineups.
But after brief blackouts, Time Warner Cable reversed course. At 12:30 a.m. Eastern Tuesday, the cable operator said, “At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels.” In addition to the local broadcast stations, Time Warner Cable had planned to remove Showtime, The Movie Channel, Flix and Smithsonian Channel. CBS said the two sides “have agreed to continue discussions.”
The about-face came after the companies announced…
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