Unable to reach a contractual agreement by their Friday, 5 p.m. deadline, Time Warner Cable dropped the No. 1 primetime network in New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas and several other markets.
USA Today is reporting that a contract dispute has left TWC customers in eight markets without CBS programming. This includes six of Nielsen’s top ten programs and, potentially, NFL Football. The affected markets are…
- New York: WCBS and WLNY (Ind)
- Los Angeles: KCBS and KCAL (Ind)
- Dallas: KTVT-CBS and KTXA (Ind)
- Boston: WBZ-CBS and WSBK (Ind)
- Pittsburgh: KDKA-CBS and WPCW-CW
- Chicago: WBBM-CBS
- Detroit: WKBD-CWDenver: KCNC-CBS
At least two of those markets — New York and Boston — have access to Aereo. For $8/month, these people can replace CBS and sample other programming not available via TWC.
Aereo is a service that streams local programming over the internet. You can watch this programming on your television by attaching an compatible device to the TV. Compatible devices include computers, tablets, and phones. You can watch Aereo on an unofficial Roku Channel or ‘tab-cast’ Aereo from your computer to a Chromecast.
To stream Aereo from a computer or tablet, simply connect the computer to your television with an hdmi cable or using WiDi and open a supported browser to Aereo.com. For a Roku, follow these instructions. To tab-cast Aereo, open Aereo.com in a Chrome tab, start your program, and hit the full screen button.
Seems like a pretty good time for people to trial Aereo for a month. By the end of the month the real losers may be CBS and TWC!