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August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS and Time Warner Cable execs have returned to the bargaining table a week after CBS programs went dark on TWC systems in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. At a New York City Council hearing on Thursday, CBS exec Martin Franks maintained, “Since 2006, when CBS became a standalone company, we have negotiated over 100 retransmission consent agreements without even a hint of public discord, much less having our channels dropped.” Each side accused the other of instigating the blackout. TWC exec Rory Whelan said that CBS’s decision to prevent its website from being carried on TWC’s Internet service was like “yanking television antennas off our customers’ rooftops to make certain they cannot access CBS programming over the air.”