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CBS Is Facing Potential Blackouts in NYC, Dallas and L.A.

With time running out on an emergency carriage deal extension, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves on Tuesday told employees that the network was in danger of going dark in a number of major Time Warner Cable markets.

ESPN Lays Off More Than 100 Employees

ESPN on Tuesday began making a significant reduction of its work force, laying off more than 100 employees at its Bristol, Conn., headquarters and in at least one regional technology center.

A la Carte Wars: Cablevision Sues Viacom for Bundling

In an apparent bid to set a legal precedent, Cablevision on Tuesday announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Viacom for “bundling,” the practice by which programmers force distributors to carry low-rated channels as a condition of carrying their more popular networks.

Time Warner Does the Math on Sky-High Sports Rights

Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt on Thursday told investors that the operator’s RSN strategy is designed to minimize costs in the long haul.

Burke: NBC Is Leaving $1 Billion on the Table

NBC is consisting on crumbs while its broadcast television rivals dine like kings, and Steve Burke is fed up. Speaking to investors Thursday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, the NBCUniversal CEO said the Peacock doesn’t generate anywhere near the operating cash flow of CBS, ABC and Fox. 

Lawmakers Hope to Turn Off the Dark

This week’s Senate Commerce committee hearing on the Cable Act—the law often blamed for blackouts on cable and satellite TV—may not be the clash of the titans, but it will be close.