It’s a Labor Day Miracle: CBS Is Back on Time Warner

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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2011, file photo, an NFL on CBS sign is displayed before an NFL football game pitting the Tennessee Titans against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. There's been no reported progress in negotiations between CBS Corp. and Time Warner, which has blocked CBS programming from its customers' homes in Dallas, Los Angeles and New York since Aug. 2. Meanwhile, Time Warner customers caught in the middle will miss third and fourth round competition in the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The tournament's finals are next weekend, along with opening weekend in the National Football League.  (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
Photo: Bob Leverone

After a monthlong blackout, CBS and Time Warner announced that they reached a deal on Monday, bringing the network (and channels like Showtime) back to TV screens in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas as of 6 p.m. The specifics were not made public, but it appears CBS came out on top. While Time Warner Cable chief executive Glenn Britt argued that the company "ended up in a much better place than we started," he admitted they "certainly didn't get everything we wanted." CBS chief executive Les Moonves said the network secured additional content fees and kept the digital rights to its content. The blackout could have prevented millions of football fans from watching the first games of the season next weekend – a fact that one executive said was "hugely important" to the negotiations, according to the New York Times. So while it may feel like a miracle to people who couldn't figure out how to illegally download the Homeland premiere, it's actually another testament to the disturbing power of the NFL.