CBS and Showtime were dropped on Friday by Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second largest cable TV provider serving significant portions of New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, due a dispute over license fees. In response, cbs.com has blocked the online streaming of shows to Time Warner Cable broadband customers.
In a statement, Showtime stated “We gave Time Warner Cable the opportunity to keep SHOWTIME on the air even if an agreement could not be achieved. Time Warner Cable declined this offer. We take pride in the fact that our networks have never gone dark until now and that our subscribers have never been deprived of their programming. Time Warner Cable, on the other hand, has taken nearly 50 channels off the air in the last five years in disputes like the one we are having right now.”
Time Warner Cable’s statement reads: “TWC regrets being forced into this position by CBS, but is prepared to stand by their customers and do what it takes to fight programmer demands for outrageous increases.”
According to reports, further negotiations are expected to last anywhere from ten days to six weeks. The next boxing telecast on Showtime is Deontay Wilder vs. Sergei Liakhovich on August 9, followed by Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez on August 24 and Seth Mitchell vs. Chris Arreola on September 6. It’s even possible that the September 14 Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez show could be affected if this dispute isn’t resolved. Stay tuned.