Time Warner Cable removes Showtime, other channels in dispute with CBS

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comAugust 3, 2013 

Time Warner Cable has removed Showtime, The Movie Channel and other CBS-owned channels from its lineup in a dispute over fees, but Central Kentucky's CBS affiliate, WKYT-TV, is reporting that the station is not affected.

On Friday, Time Warner dropped CBS programming in large markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, according to the station's website.

"For Time Warner customers in central Kentucky, this does not affect WKYT," the website said." Those customers will still be able to watch CBS programming on WKYT. However, all Time Warner customers are not able to watch CBS programming through the cable company's video on demand service for the time being."

Central Kentucky subscribers who turn to Showtime are greeted with a screen message that says in part: "The outrageous demands from CBS, the owner of Showtime and TMC, has forced us to remove it from your lineup while we continue to negotiate for fair and reasonable terms."

The message said the company will offer temporary replacement programming from Starz or Encore.

CBS Primetime on Demand and the Smithsonian Channel are also unavailable.

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