August 9th, 2013
11:45 AM ET

CBS vs. Time Warner Cable; Reputations are Declining

CBS and Time Warner Cable are still locked in a bitter dispute over fees, but both sides are finally back to the negotiating table since a week ago, when the cable company pulled CBS and Showtime from the lineup in a number of U.S. cities.

Brian Stelter, media reporter for "The New York Times," stopped by "New Day" to discuss.

"They are negotiating again. This remind me of some high school relationship where the girl and the boy stop talking for a few days and everybody wants to know what's wrong with them. Well now now they're talking again, at least they're talking so maybe they'll get back together."

"I've got to wonder, in a few days, maybe there will be a deal now that they're negotiating again. In the meantime, the reputations of both these companies are declining."

A poll came out yesterday that showed Time Warner Cable has been hit a lot harder than CBS, but as Stelter points out, viewers come away disliking both sides in these fights.

Is there a better position to be in though?

"Generally speaking, content, in this case CBS has the winning hand because Time Warner Cable is the one who gets all the angry viewer phone calls," says Stelter.

What can viewers do in the meantime?

"We can vote with our remotes and we can also pressure Congress and the legislatures to do something about this... maybe in the future these laws will be reformed."


Catch Stelter this Sunday on CNN's "Reliable Sources" at 11am ET where he'll debate the best "Daily Show" host, discuss coverage and reaction following Jeffrey Bezos' purchase of "The Washington Post," and examine the recent controversy stirring between the Republican Party and NBC and CNN over new Hillary Clinton entertainment programming.


**Please Note: Time Warner Cable is not part of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

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