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Showtime, other CBS-owned channels restored to Oceanic


The month-long blackout of Showtime, CBS Sports Network, The Smithsonian Channel and other channels on Oceanic Time Warner Cable, is over.

Programming was to have been restored Monday night after CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable officials announced a new retransmission consent agreement earlier in the day.

Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks were forced to stop carrying the CBS-owned programming Aug. 2, following expiration of the previous agreement in which the cable companies pay CBS for the right to carry the shows.

The programming restoration included broadcast programming of local stations owned and operated by the network on affected cable systems in New York (WCBS-TV and WLNY-TV), Los Angeles (KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV), and Dallas (KTVT-TV and KTXA-TV).

Broadcast channels in many areas can be received free, over-the-air, using antennas designed to pick up the digital signals. Hawaii’s topography, however, makes free over-the-air TV impossible for a large percentage of the population.

Cable subscriptions are required for so-called premium channels such as Showtime, which carries the popular “Dexter” series.

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