Time Warner Cable and CBS reached an agreement to their lengthy contract dispute Monday afternoon, and CBS-owned programming should be restored by this evening.
CBS programming was not blacked out in the Coachella Valley.
However, Time Warner Cable subscribers who have been without Showtime, KCAL (for the Los Angeles Dodgers games) and Smithsonian Channel had those channels restored by 4 p.m., allowing them to watch the final two innings of the Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game.
Meanwhile, no agreement has been reached between Time Warner Cable and Journal Broadcasting, which owns local NBC affiliate KMIR-6. KMIR has been turned off since July 23.
CBS and Time Warner Cable did not release any specific information on the terms. They had battled for exactly a month over an increase in fees CBS was seeking for the right to retransmit CBS stations in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.
Another key issue was whether CBS would retain some digital rights that it wants to sell to Web-based distributors like Netflix and Amazon.
Glenn Britt, Time Warner Cable’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement: “We’re pleased to be able to restore CBS programming for our customers, and appreciate their patience and loyalty throughout the dispute. As in all of our negotiations, we wanted to hold down costs and retain our ability to deliver a great video experience for our customers. While we certainly didn’t get everything we wanted, ultimately we ended up in a much better place than when we started.”
In a memo to the CBS staff, the corporation president, Leslie Moonves, said, “The final agreements with Time Warner Cable deliver to us all the value and terms that we sought in these discussions. We are receiving fair compensation for CBS content and we also have the ability to monetize our content going forward on all the new, developing platforms that are right now transforming the way people watch television.”