cbs eye*Whoa! Bummer.

If you live in the Los Angeles, New York or Dallas/Ft. Worth metro areas and you get your TV service via Time Warner Cable, you are straight up out of luck if want to watch any CBS-owned stations.

Here’s more from the Hollywood Reporter:

Retransmission consent negotiations between Time Warner Cable and CBS stalled late Monday, and the cable company announced it would have to black out the Smithsonian Channel and pay channels Showtime, TMC, Flix and, by later that night, the signals for the CBS local stations in New York (duopoly), Los Angeles (duopoly) and Dallas/Ft. Worth.

The nation’s second-largest cable company becomes the first to black out CBS on its system in history. Once called the Tiffany Network, CBS remains the leader in total viewing, as it has for a decade.

In its statement, TWC said: “The outrageous demands for fees by CBS Corp. have forced Time Warner Cable to remove several of its networks and broadcast stations from our customers’ lineups.”

In its response, CBS said in a statement: “They continue to engage in a public campaign of disinformation and voodoo mathematics (featuring wildly inflated percentages) while doggedly restating their positions. Time Warner Cable seems incapable of accepting the concept that the value of a company’s programming should be in line with its popularity.”

Get the full story at the Hollywood Reporter.

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