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CBS and Time Warner Cable Are Playing a Good-Old Fashion Game of 'Chicken'

Jon Friedmans Media Matrix By Jon Friedman | Jon Friedmans Media Matrix August 2, 2013 at 9:31PM

CBS and Time Warner Cable Are Playing a Good-Old Fashion Game of 'Chicken'
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CBS battles Time Warner Cable

So, I'm at home tonight flipping the channels on Time Warner Cable. And suddenly, a whole bunch of channels are dark. 

Time Warner Cable has lowered the boom and big-footed CBS and its Showtime division by not carrying the channels tonight.

Guess what? The dispute between the two media superpowers boils down to money -- and, quite possibly, ego. Areas in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Detroit and Pittsburgh are being affected by the rift. Read more about it: http://www.nbcnews.com/entertainment/time-warner-cable-blacks-out-cbs-stations-6C10833602

Time Warner says: 

"We agreed to an extension on Tuesday morning with the expectation that we would engage in a meaningful negotiation with CBS. Since then, CBS has refused to have a productive discussion," the company said in a statement. "It's become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they're not willing to come to reasonable terms. We thank our customers for their patience and support as we continue to fight hard to keep their prices down."

CBS counters that Time Warner Cable "has conducted negotiations in a combative and non-productive spirit, indulging in pointless brinksmanship and distorted public positioning — such as the fictional and ridiculous 600 percent increase CBS supposedly demanded — while maintaining antiquated positions no longer held by any other programming distributor in the business."

The public doesn't give a hoot which party is in the right or the wrong.

Consumers don't want to know abouth te fruitless, bitter negotiations.

We don't want to hear about how both sides have compromised. 

All we know is that we feel screwed. We want to watch these CBS-controlled channels, and we can't. It doesn't make a difference to us which company is right. 

It seems like a game of "chicken" -- and now we have to see which company blinks first.











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