Time Warner blackout of CBS continues

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 4 at 1:04 AM

UNDATED (AP) — There's no sign of progress in talks aimed at resolving the dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS over fees.

Time Warner dropped CBS on Friday in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other cities, leaving three million customers without the network's programs. The issue is fees that the cable company pays CBS to air its programs.

Each has accused the other of making unreasonable demands. On Saturday, the two sides even seemed to disagree on the status of negotiations. A Time Warner spokeswoman said Saturday afternoon that negotiations are ongoing. CBS said it expects talks to resume soon, but the decision rests with Time Warner.

Meanwhile, Time Warner's blackout of CBS and its cable networks Showtime, TMC, Flix and Smithsonian continues.

Late Friday night, Time Warner posted a message to subscribers on its website from CEO Glenn Britt saying that CBS has been "uncompromising" by making demands that are inconsistent with deals made with hundreds of other broadcasters. He said if Time Warner gives in to CBS' demands other programmers will ask for more as well.

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