A television screen shows the CBS channel with an announcement by Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 2,2013. Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas are losing the CBS channel, as the cable provider says it is dropping the network in a dispute over fees. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas lost access to CBS programming in a fee dispute Friday, threatening their ability to watch popular shows like “Under the Dome” or see Tiger Woods pursue his 8th win at the Firestone Country Club.
The nation’s second largest cable operator said that CBS refused to have productive negotiations, which were repeatedly extended after their previous deal expired at the end of June.
As Friday’s blackout stretched past a couple of hours, it appeared consumers would be caught in the crossfire for some time.
“It’s become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they’re not willing to come to reasonable terms,” Time Warner Cable said.
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