CBS, Time Warner reach deal to end blackout

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:08:50 AM EST   Updated On: Sep 02 2013 06:38:52 PM EDT

CBS and Time Warner Cable reached an agreement Monday to end a blackout that's left more than 3 million subscribers without service for more than a month.

Service was scheduled to resume at 6 p.m. ET Monday, according to a statement from Time Warner.

Specific terms were not disclosed.

The new deal involves CBS stations and Time Warner Cable systems in New York (WCBS and WLYW), Los Angeles (KCBS and KCAL) and Dallas (KTVT and KTXA), CBS News reported.

The dispute centered around how much the cable operator should pay to carry CBS programming in places where CBS owns local affiliates, including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit and Pittsburgh.

It had been going on since July 23, when the threat of a blackout first emerged as the companies battled over transmission fees. And then, on Aug. 2, it happened: A dark curtain descended for three million Time Warner Cable viewers, making hit CBS shows such as "Under the Dome," "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory" unavailable.

CBS rejected a truce offer from Time Warner Cable on Aug. 5, and the dispute had dragged on until Monday.


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