The distribution deal between CBS and Time Warner Cable expired at midnight Eastern on Sunday, and reps for the two sides said negotiations covering the Eye’s owned-and-operated broadcast stations and cable networks continued past the deadline.
No blackouts of CBS-owned networks have been reported on Time Warner Cable systems. During distribution standoffs, media companies sometimes have demanded that pay TV operators cease carriage of their networks in an attempt to gain leverage.
The companies temporarily extended the contract for a short period while they hash out new terms, but they didn’t disclose the length of the extension.
The current pact, which dates to 2008, covers CBS owned-and-operated stations in TWC markets, including WCBS-TV New York, KCBS-TV Los Angeles and KTVT-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Also on the table are carriage terms for cablers including Showtime Networks and Smithsonian Channel. TVGN, the former TV Guide Network, is believed to not be…
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