Time Warner Cable is the latest cable system to be threatened with channels going dark due to yet another spat over retransmission fees.
Cable companies and TV stations have been brawling over how much the former should pay the latter for the right to carry their content. This time the warring parties are Time Warner Cable and Sinclair, owner of 33 stations in 21 markets including CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox affiliates. The channels may go dark as early as this coming weekend.
But there's a twist. The Fox network has agreed to provide TWC with a signal if the local station withholds it. That's because its parent, News Corp., already has a retransmission agreement with TWC.