CBS said Friday afternoon that it has failed to reach an agreement with Time Warner Cable by their 5 p.m. deadline and the cable company has dropped the No. 1 primetime network in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other markets.
The cable networks owned by CBS - Showtime, TMC, FLIX and Smithsonian - also have gone dark in these markets, where about 3 million customers subscribe to the nation’s second largest cable TV provider.
TWC said customers who currently pay Showtime or TMC will get a credit for those channels in an upcoming bill, going back to the first day of the blackout.
Another attempt to save a dying business model by forcing it to change. Sadly, it’s not likely to happen.
New York’s Cablevision filed an antitrust lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that Viacom has compelled it to pay for 14 cable networks it didn’t want, including CMT, MTV Hits, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Palladia, and VH1 Classic.
If Cablevision is successful in its lawsuit—which remains under seal—it could significantly push forward an “à la carte” model for cable television.
The companies haven’t said much beyond their stinging public statements.
“The manner in which Viacom sells its programming is illegal, anti-consumer, and wrong,” says Cablevision in a statement (PDF). “Viacom effectively forces Cablevision’s customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want. Viacom’s abuse of its market power is not only illegal, but also prevents Cablevision from delivering the programming that its customers want and that competes with Viacom’s less popular channels.”
Viacom, meanwhile, countered that such arrangements had been “upheld by a number of federal courts and on appeal,” adding that the company would “vigorously defend this transparent attempt by Cablevision to use the courts to renegotiate our existing two month old agreement.”
President Barack Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday night drew the largest television audience of this year’s political conventions and ranked as the biggest political moment ever on social media site Twitter.
More than 35.7 million people tuned in on three broadcast and 10 cable networks to watch Obama accept the Democrats’ nomination for president, according to Nielsen ratings data.
While TV audiences for political conventions have dropped sharply over the years, Obama’s TV audience was only slightly lower from his 2008 acceptance speech, which attracted 38.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
For Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s speech last week, 30.3 million people watched on television.
On social media, the number of tweets about the Democratic convention blew away similar figures from the Republican National Convention a week earlier.
REPORT: By A Nearly 2 To 1 Margin, Cable Networks Call On Men Over Women To Comment On Birth Control
Out of a total of 146 guests who discussed contraception, the cables invited 91 men compared to 55 women as commentators. In other words, males comprised 62 percent of the total guests who commented on contraception. Fox was the most gender stratified network – on the Business network, 10 of 11 guests were male; on the News side, male pundits took up 65 percent of the guest lineup (28 men vs. 15 women). Sixty percent of MSNBC’s lineup was male (44 men vs. 31 women). And while CNN was more evenly balanced, it was still slightly tilted in favor of male perspectives (9 men vs. 8 women).