Time Warner Cable is turning off all the CBS Inc.-owned channels in the millions of homes it serves in the New York metro area, the Los Angeles region and Dallas/Fort Worth.
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 nationís 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.