Silence, Darkness Reign in CBS-Time Warner Cable Retrans Disconnect

With 13 of its stations and cable networks, including Showtime, off of Time Warner Cable systems since Friday afternoon, CBS says there have been no negotiations between the parties over the weekend.

"There are no negotiations taking place at this time between CBS and Time Warner Cable," CBS said in a statement. "Before the deadline on Friday we asked TWC to continue the negotiation while our programming was still on the air in consideration for our viewers. They rejected this request and told us that they'd have more leverage against us if they took us off their service. This is hardly a sign that they care about their customers as they claim. We remain ready to negotiate in good faith when they are."

"We regret the inconvenience to our customers (and their viewers) and look forward to resolving the situation as soon as possible," Time Warner Cable said in a statement. 

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