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How The Time Warner Cable/CBS Feud Is Basically Ross and Rachel

Sometimes, TV will NOT be there for you when the rain starts to fall.

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In the beginning, Time Warner Cable and CBS got along swimmingly.

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For years, Time Warner paid CBS an agreed-upon carriage fee in order to carry CBS programming. The cable companies typically pass this fee on to their subscribers.

Then in June, CBS decided that it wanted Time Warner to pay it more money per subscriber.

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(The last deal was inked five years ago; CBS currently receives less than $1 from each Time Warner Cable subscriber. It would like to increase to $2 or more for customers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas.)

Because TWC and CBS couldn't reach a deal, CBS-owned channels in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas have gone dark on cable systems around the country.

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