Oceanic blacks out Showtime, TMC in CBS dispute

AP Photo/Nick U
A television screen shows the CBS channel with an announcement by Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 2,2013. Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas are losing the CBS channel, as the cable provider says it is dropping the network in a dispute over fees. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Oceanic Time Warner Cable has blacked out Showtime, The Movie Channel (TMC), Flix, and the Smithsonian Channel in a retransmission dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corporation.

Time Warner Cable has also dropped the CBS owned-and-operated stations in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, and Pittsburgh.

In a recorded message from Oceanic they state the following:

“CBS the owner of Showtime and The Move Channel have demanded an outrageous increase in the amount we and our customers pay for their programming requiring us to remove them from your lineup while we continue to negotiate for fair and reasonable terms.

We regret this inconvenience, but feel it is crucial that we let CBS know that we’re willing to do what it takes to keep down the price of TV.

Customers who currently pay for Showtime or The Movie Channel should expect to see a credit for those services on an upcoming bill.

As a courtesy, we will provide replacement programming from Starz or Encore on a temporary basis. Check your guide for channel numbers period. Parental controls based on ratings (R, PG, etc.) will work on these channels, but you’ll need to adjust your setting to block them entirely.

Please visit www.twcconversations.com/cbs for more information and other ways to watch your favorite shows. Replacement programming may not be available in all areas.”

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