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Are CBS & Time Warner Cable Getting Closer To Agreement?

By | Friday August 30, 2013 @ 4:37pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The coincidence was not lost on anyone who has caught a glimpse of ESPN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the U.S. Open tennis championships this week. The chairs of the umpires on the televised courts are splattered with the Time Warner Cable logo on all sides, making it visible in virtually any wide shot from the tournament — an awkward reminder that some of the biggest U.S. Open matches may not be available to TWC customers as the other network of the major, CBS, has been blocked on TWC in a carriage dispute since August 2. The first day of CBS’ coverage is tomorrow, and for now it doesn’t look like a deal between the network and TWC is imminent. But there have been positive signs over the past few days with active conversations between the two sides, sources say. The talks got a push today by a resolution by an LA City Council committee, which urged the FCC to step in to the drawn-out dispute. The committee is asking that CBS and TWC be invited to speak on the issue when it goes to the City Council on Tuesday. The biggest impetus for reaching a deal will likely not come in the form of a resolution, however, but rather from CBS programming that millions of TWC customers will be furious about losing. Next weekend … Read More »

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Time Warner Cable Offers Free Tennis Channel Preview In CBS Blackout Areas

By | Wednesday August 21, 2013 @ 2:38pm PDT

For now, at least, the ball’s in Time Warner Cable‘s court. As the company’s carriage stalemate with CBS drags on, TWC said today that will offer its digital subscribers in the CBS blackout area a free preview of the Tennis Channel from August 26 to September 9 as its serves up coverage of the U.S. Open. The channel will offer 240 hours of coverage of the NYC event, including 75 hours live. But CBS has exclusive TV rights to the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals, as well as the mixed doubles final. In a statement CBS said, “The only way to watch CBS’s coverage of the U.S. Open on television is on CBS.” It remains to be seen whether TWC customers will be able to watch those matches.

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Fox Sports Lands Its First Major Golf Tourney With 12-Year Deal For U.S. Open

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 6:38pm PDT

Less than two weeks before the launch of its 24-hour national sports network, Fox Sports has swung a surprise deal for golf’s U.S. Open. The 12-year multimedia pact, which starts in 2015, marks the first time a PGA Tour major tournament will air on Fox. The pact announced today makes Fox Sports the domestic broadcast partner for the USGA and also includes rights to its Women’s U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and national amateur championships. Financial terms of the agreement weren’t Fox Sports Signs 12-Year Deal For US Openannounced. NBC has been airing the U.S. Open’s Saturday and Sunday rounds since 1995, with ESPN showing the opening two rounds. The future looks dim for lightning-rod analyst Johnny Miller, who won the U.S. open 40 years ago and has been a big part of the event’s announcing team since NBC took over. “I feel bad for the USGA in a way that money was more important than basically a good golf crew,” he told the Associated Press. Under the deal, Fox Sports will deliver 146 hours of USGA golf, including a minimum of 70 hours of the U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open championships. Fox Sports 1, which goes live August 17, will be part of the coverage, but its role was not specified.

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