Time Warner Cable pitches NFL Network, online video as CBS alternatives

With Time Warner Cable's (NYSE: TWC) blackout of CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) TV stations in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas approaching the one-week mark, the MSO said Thursday that subscribers who want to watch pre-season football games should turn to NFL Network.

It noted that NFL Network will replay games CBS plans to cover this weekend, including the New York Jets – Detroit Lions game and the Dallas Cowboys – Oakland Raiders games. The network, which TWC carries on expanded basic, will also cover the Patriots – Eagles and Steelers – Giants games.

TWC also noted that there are alternatives to CBS's golf coverage, including online coverage thorough PGA.com.

Meanwhile, CBS EVP Marty Franks ripped the nation's second-largest MSO in testimony he gave at a New York City Council hearing Thursday, insisting TWC is refusing to negotiate a fair deal. "We need Time Warner Cable to come to the table in good faith and to do the hard work necessary to reach a mutually beneficial agreement for both companies and the audiences we share," Franks said in prepared testimony provided by CBS.

For more:
- see the release

Related articles:
Aereo targets 17M homes with launches in Dallas, Houston, Miami
Time Warner Cable offers CBS a la carte distribution, option to restore stations without VOD price increase
Time Warner Cable restores CBS, Showtime after brief blackout
Time Warner Cable dumps CBS, Showtime from systems in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas