The reason: The nearly three-week blackout of local
On Wednesday, Time Warner Cable tried to mollify tennis fans. The cable provider said that it would make the independent
Time Warner Cable said digital customers "in areas affected by a CBS blackout" would be provided with the Tennis Channel free during the U.S. Open, which runs from Aug. 26 to Sept. 9.
The Tennis Channel plans to televise more than 200 hours of U.S. Open matches, including 75 hours of live coverage, including prime-time matches over the
Still, the marquee action will be on CBS. The broadcast network owns the rights to air more than 36 hours of U.S. Open coverage over the long Labor Day weekend as well as the pivotal men's and women's semifinals and final matches, which will take place Friday, Sept. 6 through Monday, Sept. 9. (The men's final is scheduled for 2 p.m. Pacific time Sept. 9).
The Tennis Channel also plans to replay the men's and women's semifinals and the men's and women's finals after those matches air live on CBS.
"We appreciate our customers' patience as we work to resolve the blackout with CBS," Mike Angus, Time Warner Cable general manager of video, said in a statement.
“We know the U.S. Open is popular programming. We’re pleased to be able to offer additional programming via Tennis Channel to customers affected by this dispute," Angus said. "A lot of the matches will also still be available to customers via