CBS, Time Warner Cable Continue Carriage Discussions

Programmer Grants Extension as Contracts for Stations, Showtime, CBS Sports Net, Smithsonian Expired on June 30

CBS and Time Warner Cable are continuing negotiations on a carriage renewal pact, encompassing retransmission-consent for the programmer's owned-and-operated stations as well as a trio of cable services.

The parties’ pact expired at the end of June, but CBS indicates it has granted Time Warner Cable a short extension. A spokesman for the programmer would not disclose the length of the extension.

At this time, there has been no disruption in service with TWC continuing to air CBS's O&Os in its footprint, including WCBS-TV New York, KCBS-TV Los Angeles and KTVT-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth, plus CBS Sports Network,Smithsonian Channel and premium service, Showtime, which last night premiered new original series Ray Donovan and the eighth and final campaign of Dexter, the serial-killer show that is its top skein. It is unclear whether TVGN, the former TV Guide Network, is part of the ongoing discussion. CBS acquired a 50% stake in the cable network, jointly owned by Lionsgate, in March.

In other retrans news, Time Warner Cable and Journal Broadcast Group on Friday extended their retrans deal covering six stations until July 10. For its part, Media General has granted Dish Network a 90-day extension, so the sides could continue to negotiate a new deal covering stations' transmittals in 17 markets.

As was the case with TWC and CBS, the other pacts also expired at midnight on June 30.