Time Warner Cable Suspends Showtime Services Nationwide Despite Network's Offer to Continue Carriage

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August 2nd, 2013


via press release:


For First Time In Network History, SHOWTIME Is Dropped

NEW YORK, NY (August 2, 2013) – Showtime Networks' customers nationwide have had their services disrupted by Time Warner Cable today, when for the first time in SHOWTIME history a distributor has chosen to remove the network's programming – despite the network's authorization to allow carriage while negotiations continue. Our customers chose to subscribe to SHOWTIME, and Time Warner Cable in turn chose to pull our service from the subscribers we both serve. Attempts to reach an extension on negotiations were denied by Time Warner Cable, resulting in SHOWTIME going dark in major markets.

The service interruption is not only completely unnecessary, but totally punitive to our subscribers, and will impact and inconvenience millions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers in major markets across the country. Major markets affected include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, Tampa, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, San Diego, Columbus, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Austin and Detroit, among many others.

SHOWTIME has been working in good faith with Time Warner Cable to work out a contract, and is deeply disappointed with Time Warner Cable's decision to pull SHOWTIME channels. Unfortunately, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks subscribers will be denied access to new episodes of the climactic eighth and final season of DEXTER, and the most popular freshman series the network has ever had, RAY DONOVAN. Additionally, subscribers will also miss the opportunity to catch up on past seasons of HOMELAND before the series' fall debut, new episodes of WEB THERAPY and countless movies, specials and documentaries.

SHOWTIME has successfully negotiated a number of deals with all of the other major distributors, including Comcast, DirecTV, Cox, DISH, Verizon FiOS, Cablevision and AT&T U-Verse, among others.  Time Warner Cable has taken nearly 50 channels off the air in just the past five years in disputes such as the one involving CBS and SHOWTIME now.

We hope and believe this period of darkness will be short, and we can all get back to the business of providing award-winning original series, hit movies, specials, provocative documentaries, and our hard-hitting sports programming to the Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers we both serve. We know our subscribers value their SHOWTIME programming, so we encourage them to call Time Warner Cable directly at 1-888-TW-CABLE and Bright House Networks at 1-855-222-0102 to ask that they restore our services. Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks customers who wish to continue their SHOWTIME subscription, should go to www.SHO.com/TimeWarnerCable for a list of television providers that currently offer SHOWTIME. We assure our subscribers that we are doing everything we can to restore their SHOWTIME services.

  • AllOfHerTwist

    Time to send Dexter Morgan to TWC’s corporate offices.

  • DonJ1973

    I have Directv so this doesn’t affect me, but fortunately for TWC subscribers, summer programming is light on CBS. The only scripted show going on is Under the Dome. But even if you miss it, you can either see it on Amazon Prime or CBS.com.

    As for losing Showtime, with On Demand and constant re-airs, missing Dexter and Ray Donovan this week isn’t a huge deal or even 2 weeks.

  • Daniel

    Can you watch the Showtime shows ondemand still?

  • Good for them

    Enough is enough. Without Cable or satellite anymore, there is no CBS. I was appalled when my Fios paid for the new Lakers channel, and I’m a Lakers fan. You want these outrageous cable bills to stop going up..up and up. This is the way. TWC subscribers, call and tell them to stick to their guns, otherwise, you’ll be paying for it.

  • DonJ1973

    @ Daniel.

    Yes, Showtime on demand is on Directv and Time Warner. You can also watch it on Showtime Anytime with a provider log-in. As I said, with On demand, re-airs, this isn’t the stone age anymore. You can catch it anytime.

  • Andy

    They’re both greedy…. yet the fans lose again.

  • Billiam

    Let the illegal downloads begin!!

  • ingram091

    Good riddance to Time Warner Cable. I will love seeing the mass exodus from the service to Dish network or Direct TV or some other Cable competitor for the lack of Showtime and CBS. especially when the NFL football season starts and all the sudden all those subscribers cant get their games. CBS is the ONLY broadcast network that is actually producing scripted Television, all others had become nothing but reality TV voyeurism, and game show, or Gong Show clones. its not some 600% increase as Time is alleging, when you actually look at the numbers its more like 20% and considering the network is actually PRODUCING hit television with highest ratings out there, that is not unreasonable.

  • john

    So who is being hurt here the customers and the employees of Time Warner as people are screaming and moaning to someone making 10 bucks an hour. Call CBS complain to them they pulled their programming

  • AO

    CBS is the one asking for a large rate increase. I’m sure that TW shares blame too, but I’m glad that someone is fighting against the ever increasing fees.

  • William

    I’am mad as a snapping Turtle this morning! They just F! Up my Sunday night tv viewing. No Dexter! No Ray Donovan! What am i going to watch now?

  • cas127

    “What am i going to watch now?”

    Read a book.

    Really, how crucial to your life are the doings of a serial killer and the internal lives of Hollywood degenerates?

  • Richard

    @cas127 Books are boring. Why do you care if people enjoy television?

  • joethehobo


    You must be incredibly annoying in real life. “Read a book?” Good one. Do you know what site you’re on?

  • rehabber

    @cas127, I agree with you, read a book, at least you might learn something.

  • Wallaby2012

    I support TWC in the decision to shut it down.

    The content is increasingly crap and price is increasingly upward.

    Upward pricing only drives more to streaming on the internet.

  • ingram091

    OK then all you TWC supporters, why then are you not demanding refunds for the Showtime subscription and the connection fee for CBS? Looking at my bill on a competitor that should be around 22 bucks refund per month. $20 for showtime package and $1.80 for the network fee, which was due to go to $2 to keep both CBS and Showtime on your TWC service for you the customer. Think Time Warner is going to give you their customer back a dime? Not likely.

    Your loss and theirs. CBS is the ONLY network producing Scripted Television and keeping it on the air for a sustainable period to have hit shows. Which is why they deserve the marginal increase to connect to it. If you don’t like that your more then capable of getting CBS free to air Digital, as THAT is paid for by our tax dollars already.

  • james

    i dont even understand this whole situation. all ive understood is that dexter is not going to be on for a while

    which makes my dark passenger angry.

  • Zack

    CBS can suck it

  • Kat

    TWC also took CBS and Showtime off of their On Demand choices, so you can’t watch the eps on demand. And Showtime won’t let me access Showtime Anytime since I’m a TWC customer. UGH, I was looking forward to Dexter tonight.

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