Every so often a money standoff threatens to leave TV viewers in the dark. It's annoying!
According to USA Today, 3 million Time Warner Cable customers could lose their local CBS-owned stations if a deal isn’t reached by the 9 a.m. ET Thursday deadline. Yep, that's tomorrow (July 25).
CBS and Time Warner are arguing over "retransmission fees," aka “the money that cable and satellite TV providers pay TV station owners for the right to carry their signals.”
The standoff reportedly only involves customers in these eight markets nationwide, including stations airing CBS or CW network programming and independent stations:
• New York: WCBS and WLNY
• Los Angeles: KCBS and KCAL
• Dallas: KTVT-CBS and KTXA
• Boston: WBZ-CBS and WSBK
• Pittsburgh: KDKA-CBS and WPCW-CW
• Chicago: WBBM-CBS
• Detroit: WKBD-CW
• Denver: KCNC-CBS
There's a message to viewers on a website called KeepCBS.com, reading "Time Warner Cable May Drop CBS From Its TV Lineup: Don't be left stranded without your favorite programming! Time Warner Cable has not renewed its contract to provide you with all your favorite CBS shows. Don't be the only one who can't see NCIS, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, The NFL on CBS, The PGA Tour, SEC Football, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, The Mentalist, The Good Wife and the final season of How I Met Your Mother." Not to mention Big Brother, Survivor, and other fun shows.
Read more about the standoff here, and cross your fingers for a resolution!
Sources: USA Today, L.A. Times, KeepCBS