Time Warner and CBS have solved the fee problems and ended the blackout with a new agreement. USA Today reports on Sept. 2 that the blackout is over. The companies were able to work out a new agreement over transmission fees.
Viewers in some cities lost access to CBS stations after Time Warner Cable decided a blackout was necessary because of fee disputes. The company cut access to an estimated 3 million viewers in cities across the United States. Although the financial details of the new deal have not been revealed, the agreement has finally ended the blackout.
The start of football season is being credited with helping push both companies to reach a deal. The loss of the stations would have been felt by both Time Warner and CBS, so an agreement was necessary. Retransmission fees were at the center of the dispute.
The blackout started on Aug. 2 and frustrated viewers for a month as negotiations dragged on without a guarantee of agreement. The Federal Communications Commission stated, “At the end of the day, media companies should accept shared responsibility for putting their audience's interests above other interests and do all they can to avoid these kinds of disputes in the future.”
Both CBS and Time Warner seem generally pleased with the new agreement. CBS claims it is receiving fair compensation for its transmissions. Time Warner states it did not receive everything it wanted, but it is still an improvement over the past.