Who Is to Blame for the CBS and Showtime Blackouts on Time Warner Cable? [Infographic]

Social media research firm Fizziology turned to Twitter to see which party the public blames for all the drama. So far, Time Warner Cable has taken 66 percent -- the largest chunk --- of the blame.

While Time Warner Cable battles with CBS over retransmission fees, more than 3 million cable subscribers in major U.S. markets including New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas have lost access to sporting events and popular shows like “Dexter.”

Social media research firm Fizziology turned to Twitter to see which party the public blames for all the drama. So far, Time Warner Cable has taken 66 percent — the largest chunk — of the blame.

Social media sentiment toward Time Warner Cable is:

  • 5% positive,
  • 23% negative,
  • and 72% neutral.

Among the naysayers:

  • 6% of Time Warner subscribers are threatening to switch cable providers,
  • 27% want CBS back,
  • 15% want Showtime back,
  • 9% want their money back,
  • and 6% want CBS back specifically for sports.

Note that only 28% of the entire Time Warner Cable /CBS dispute social conversation is organic, meaning that the opinions are coming directly from real viewers as opposed to news organizations or other sources.