UPDATE: Time Warner and CBS have reportedly agreed to an extension that will allow Time Warner subscribers to continue receiving CBS programming through July 29 at 2PM PT, so it looks like Berto-Karass is a go for this weekend after all. The main argument is between Time Warner and CBS, Showtime’s parent network. If no deal is reached by the time the current contract expires, CBS and its owned networks including Showtime will “go dark.”
Official Statement from Time Warner Cable: “[We are] willing to pay for CBS, and we have offered them significant fees. But their current demands don’t represent a good value for our customers.”
Subscribers of the second largest cable company in the U.S. could now be missing out on even more boxing. Time Warner Cable, which has yet to strike a deal with FOX to carry the new Fox Sports 1 network which debuts in mid-August and also doesn’t offer Wealth TV, is now threatening to drop SHOWTIME. The premium network has notified subscribers via Facebook that the ax could fall AS SOON AS TOMORROW and Time Warner customers might not get to see the Andre Berto vs. Jesus Soto Karass fight this Saturday night!
Time Warner Cable serves customers in 29 states including portions of major markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, San Diego, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milwaukee among others. Note: Time Warner Inc., owner of HBO, previously owned Time Warner Cable, but sold off that division in 2009.