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Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein send letter to Time Warner Cable, CBS

August 12th, 2013 | by Rob Hopwood | Comments
A television screen shows the CBS channel in Los Angeles with an announcement by Time Warner Cable on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

A television screen shows the CBS channel in Los Angeles with an announcement by Time Warner Cable on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp.’s distribution dispute, which has prevented millions of people from watching “Dexter” and “Under the Dome,” has caught the attention of California’s U.S. senators.

Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Rancho Mirage, and Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco, sent a letter to the CEOs of both companies on Monday, urging them to resolve the conflict.

“Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks create and Time Warner Cable distributes, but are unable to access it because of this standoff,” the senators wrote. “The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle of your dispute, and we strongly encourage both sides to resolve it immediately.”

It has been 11 days since Time Warner Cable stopped carrying CBS Corp.’s programming in select markets, including Los Angeles, and negotiations appear to be stalled. Until the dispute is resolved, millions of customers cannot watch their favorite programming from CBS Corp., including shows on CBS Television, Showtime, TMC, FLIX, and Smithsonian.

Read the full text of Boxer and Feinstein’s letter:

August 12, 2013

Glenn Britt
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Time Warner Cable

Leslie Moonves
President and Chief Executive Officer
CBS Corporation

Dear Mr. Britt and Mr. Moonves:

It has now been 11 days since retransmission consent negotiations between your two corporations reached an impasse.

Millions of customers in the Los Angeles area and throughout the country have subscribed to receive the programming CBS networks create and Time Warner Cable distributes, but are unable to access it because of this standoff.

The status quo is unfair to the millions of your customers who are caught in the middle of your dispute, and we strongly encourage both sides to resolve it immediately.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

Dianne Feinstein
United States Senator

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