CBS strikes a deal with Verizon, continues war of words with TWC

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CBS strikes a deal with Verizon, continues war of words with TWC

Normally, content providers and pay-TV platforms striking deals to deliver channels to subscribers is sort of non-news. But not every signed contract comes against the backdrop of an almost month-long blackout affecting millions of customers. While Time Warner Cable is still CBS-less, Verizon has locked up the broadcaster’s channels for another three years, including CBS Sports Network, which has been missing in many of FiOS’s larger markets.

If you read between the lines of the press release (embedded after the break), you’ll see this message isn’t aimed at customers or even the news media, it’s directed squarely at Time Warner. New York, Los Angeles and Dallas — the three cities that are currently mired in the blackout — are called out specifically as areas where CBS stations are available through FiOS TV. As part of the statement released, president of television networks distribution Ray Hopkins said, “This deal was reached in a short period of time, and CBS has once again achieved fair value for our over-the-air rights.” And, just to rub some salt in the wound, the press release ends with a reminder that CBS also owns the highly desirable Showtime. With the war of words clearly continuing between the two feuding media giants, we wouldn’t hold our breath for a resolution anytime soon.

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