As the City Council prepares to get involved in the carriage fee battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS, the cable provider placed on Sunday the movie channel Starz Kids And Family on CBS's longtime channel lineup spot.
After days of running just an informational graphic on Channel 2, Time Warner Cable, the parent company of NY1, put the movie channel Starz Kids And Family in that spot on Sunday afternoon, for what is being called a temporary basis.
Time Warner Cable officials previously said they would replace CBS with Starz Kids And Family programming.
Last week, Time Warner Cable pulled CBS off the air in New York and in multiple markets nationwide due to a long-running dispute about carriage fees and for days just ran an informational graphic.
The City Council has scheduled a hearing on the matter for Thursday.
Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt says CBS is making demands that are inconsistent with deals made with other broadcasters.
Meanwhile, CBS officials say there were no negotiations between the two companies, and CBS has been running ads asking cable customers to demand Time Warner Cable put them back on TV.
CBS claims it has been getting paid less compared to what Time Warner Cable pays other networks.
The blackout also impacts Showtime, which is owned by CBS.
Time Warner Cable says Showtime subscribers will receive a credit on their next bill.