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New Deadline Set in CBS, Time Warner Cable Dispute

July 31, 2013
CBS and Time Warner Cable are in the midst of a dispute.

Time Warner Cable subscribers in Orange County watching CBS stations and Showtime saw the channels go dark for about five minutes around 9 p.m. Monday, as the companies grapple over carriage fees.

CBS and Time Warner said they had agreed to continue discussions and set a new deadline for 2 p.m. Pacific time Friday.

Channels including KCBS, KCAL and Showtime went dark in millions of homes across the country on Monday when negotiations failed around midnight Eastern time. The channels in Los Angeles were quickly put back on the air. Time Warner serves areas of north and central Orange County down to Newport Beach.

The dispute is the latest between networks and cable and satellite operators for retransmission fees paid by the operators to broadcast channels. CBS owns stations including Showtime and The Movie Channel and will also be broadcasting preseason football games in mid-August.

Time Warner claimed CBS wanted what amounted to a 600 percent increase, while CBS called that figure "voodoo mathematics" and "wildly inflated."

Regardless what happens with Time Warner, CBS can still be seen by customers in some areas, especially northern Orange County, using an antenna. Some content is also available online.

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Source: (c )2013 The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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