In the early hours of the morning this was in my inbox: News about the CBS blackout. This undoubtedly affected the viewers who subscribed to the local cable company and on line also.
Here was what the notice said to TWC subscribers :
They regretted that CBS put TWC customers in this position when CBS continued to withhold its channels. Time Warner Cable was trying to weigh between the desire to restore the channels as soon as possible and maintaining the duty to TWC subscribers by holding down the accelerated cost of TV. They explained the reason behind this:
If the company agreed to every outrageous demand made by every television network, cable TV bills would’ve increased rapidly . They knew TWC subscribers thought prices were high enough already. Every video provider was facing the same problems from these rising costs and was in jeopardy from these blackouts, so switching was not a solution. Time Warner Cable held the line on TV prices. In fact, as they did so has saved them—and TWC subscribers—hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few years.
In this online letter Time Warner Cable was offering the following as an alternative to the CBS blackout:
- Offering Starz Kids & Family premium channel on a temporary preview basis;
- Making the Tennis Channel available to TWC subscribers at no additional charge during the two weeks of the US Open beginning August 26*;
- Providing a movie-on-demand coupon to TV customers with digital equipment or Amazon.com gift card to other TV customers.
- Making basic indoor antennas available at no cost so cable subscribers could’ve watched their shows over-the-air (see details at TWCConversations.com/antenna).
Effective 5 p.m. Eastern, Time Warner Cable“ had dropped CBS in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other markets,” the Eye said in a statement:
- “We deeply regret this ill-advised action, which is injurious not only to our many affected viewers, but also to Time Warner Cable itself,” CBS said in a statement. “Throughout this process, 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% increase CBS supposedly demanded — while maintaining antiquated positions no longer held by any other programming distributor in the business.”
- “Since then, CBS has refused to have a productive discussion. It’s become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they’re not willing to come to reasonable terms. ”Friday’s blackout came after TW Cable earlier this week began removing CBS local owned-and-operated stations and the cable nets after the previous deadline at midnight Eastern Monday. However, the operator halted the blackout just minutes later after CBS came back to the negotiating table.
Here was what the Bible said about disputes:
- Exodus 18:19-20 (NIV)
19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave.
- Proverbs 18:19 (NIV) said:
A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
Locally, even my mother, also a Time Warner Cable television subscriber, hadn’t heard of this. Neither had my uncle who subscribed to Brighthouse in Palm Coast, Florida. Thankfully CBS was not the preferred network of choice with me. There were favorite programs watched, like Jeopardy, Doctor Oz, and Wheel of Fortune. Most had been missed for the majority of the week because of my keeping busy with writing articles for the Examiner. If it weren’t for writing, and the desire to market it on social media, the cable plug would’ve been pulled a long time ago. They were going the way of AT&T with the ‘nickel and dime’ charges from taxes and usage fees.
Those with analog sets using the digital converter boxes were still able to receive CBS channels that way. After my viewing the site, there were no other alternatives offered for my zip code other than the analog set with the digital converter box. TWC was right, switching wouldn’t have made a difference. The nearest service closest to my area was Dallas, Texas. My phone company and Direct TV were one in the same--minus the CBS channels. As confirmed, CBS did block on line access to their full TV episodes. The cable representative confirmed the blackout was to take place this afternoon at 5 p.m. EST.
Right or wrong, both sides would suffer financially. The second of those Bible verses were correct. It was wrong for CBS to expect people to accept higher prices and even worse of them to deny online access to TWC subscribers. The first of those Bible verses were correct too. This wasn’t how they were to behave.