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Time Warner Exec Says CBS Wants to Control Your TV, Take Your DVR

After CBS signed its deal with Verizon last week, Time Warner Cable executive vice president and chief video and content officer Melinda Witmer fired back in a YouTube video produced by the cable company with allegations that CBS is the bad guy in the ongoing battle between the two media companies.

“CBS announced today that they signed a deal with Verizon, and has suggested that they’ve offered us the same deal that Verizon just signed,” said Witmer in the video posted to Time Warner Cable’s website and its YouTube channel. “And all I can say is, our condolences to Verizon if they signed the deal CBS put in front of us.

At the 5:00 mark in the above video, Witmer says that as part of the deal offered to TWC, CBS stipulated consumers would have to register their TV sets, presumably with CBS, before they can turn them on. Witmer also says the deal involved viewers, “giving up your DVR capability in the future.” Read more

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FCC Stepping In to Resolve Time Warner/CBS Dispute

Bloomberg is reporting the Federal Communications Commission has stepped in to resolve the long running dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS.

“The commission is engaged at the highest levels with the respective parties and working to bring the impasse to an end,” agency spokesman, Justin Cole said. “We urge all parties to resolve this matter as quickly as possible so consumers can access the programming they rely on and are paying for.”

According to AdWeek, the dispute has left more than 3 million cable subscribers without CBS shows. The dispute over retransmission fees has stretched into its 26th day and includes major markets such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Though it remains to be seen just what the FCC is doing to end the impasse, the news of its involvement comes after the commission’s acting Chair Mignon Clyburn said she was “really distressed” over the dispute.

Bloomberg also reports a Time Warner spokesperson told them company executives have updated the commission on the status of negotiations twice in the last seven days. They said CBS declined to comment.

Time Warner Cable/CBS Dispute is Good for RadioShack

Advertising Age reports that RadioShack is one of the few winners in the ongoing battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS.

The blackout, which is affecting 3.2 million customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, has created a double-digit spike in high-definition antennas in those markets at RadioShack, a spokeswoman for the electronics retailer said Monday.

RadioShack wouldn’t tell Adage just what that meant in numbers, but the jump in sales could prove troublesome for Time Warner since it shows consumers are willing to unplug from cable to watch the shows they want to watch.

Time Warner stopped broadcasting CBS owned stations in markets like Dallas, Los Angeles and New York on August 2 in a dispute over retransmission fees.