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TODAY   |  August 05, 2013

Time Warner drops CBS in 8 top markets

About 3 million Time Warner viewers are out of luck if they’re interested I watching CBS programming, thanks to a monetary dispute between the two media giants that has resulted in a CBS blackout in eight markets around the country. NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo reports.

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>>> millions of time warner customers missing out on cbs programming this morning.

>>> under the dome, the big bang theory and big brother maybe your favorite cbs shows but if you're a time warner subscriber, since 5:00 p.m . friday, instead, you may have noticed this screen. the black out comes after time warner dropped cbs in 8 top markets around the country. the two media giants are at war after failing to come to an agreement regarding fees to rebroadcast cbs shows.

>> time warner cable doesn't want to have to pay higher costs to cbs which means they either have to pass along the fees to consumers or eat the higher fees and have lower margins themselves.

>> consumers are upset about the show down.

>> they do it because they can.

>> i have no choice in the matter.

>> forget about watching it on time warner 's website either. cbs .com blocked the streaming of their shows replacing it with this add.

>> say no to time warner cable .

>> cbs says this is hardly a sign that they care about their customers as they claim. we remain ready to negotiate in good faith while they are. while time warner says it's become clear that no matter how much time we give them, they're not willing to come to reasonable terms.