UPDATE: CBS Calls Time Warner Cable’s A La Carte Proposal A “Sham”

UPDATE: Now Time Warner Cable has a response to CBS’ response to TWC’s proposal to offer CBS stations on an a la carte basis: It says ithe effort to revive negotiations was “sincere.” It adds: “We’re disappointed in their lack of responsiveness, particularly to our request for them to quit unfairly blocking the free content available on CBS.com from our Internet customers. We hope they will return to the table to negotiate in good faith on behalf of our customers and their viewers.”

PREVIOUS, 2:32 PM: A more formal response will come later, but here’s CBS’ initial answer to Time Warner Cable’s proposal to offer its O&O stations on an a la carte basis: “Today’s so-called proposal is a sham, a public relations vehicle designed to distract from the fact that Time Warner Cable is not negotiating in good faith. Anyone familiar with the entertainment business knows that the economics and structure of the cable industry doesn’t work that way and isn’t likely to for quite some time. In short, this was an empty gesture from a company that is expert at them.”

PREVIOUS, 12:07 PM: CBS says that it “received Mr. Britt’s ‘offer’ simultaneous with its release to the media. We are formulating our response.”

PREVIOUS, 11:04 AM: Time Warner Cable can offer CBS “on terms of its choosing, with 100% of that price remitted to CBS,” CEO Glenn Britt says in a letter today to CBS chief Les Moonves — the latest effort to resolve the contract impasse that since Friday has left millions of TWC customers unable to watch programming from CBS and Showtime. “This way, rather than our debating the point, we would allow customers to decide for themselves how much value they ascribe to CBS programming.” Since the proposal “is very straight forward, the papers can be completed quickly.” (more…)

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