September 2nd marked exactly one month since about 3 million Time Warner customers lost the network CBS thanks to a dispute between the two companies. You may remember this was all over how much money Time Warner would pay to CBS per subscriber that Time Warner had. CBS wanted to double their fee from $1 per subscriber to $2, while Time Warner agreed to an increase they didn't agree with how much CBS was asking for. CBS was projected to lose about $400,000 a day the blackout went on and Time Warner came across as penny pinching since they had just recently made a similar $2 per subscriber deal with another content company.
As the blackout continued it really seemed like neither side were too enthusiastic to solve the issues. Some ideas were floated, including an a le carte type deal, and even the FCC feigned some interested in stepping in for awhile. Luckily nothing drastic needed to be done.
Both companies have released statements which you can read here. CBS comes across as triumphant and proud of how everything has turned out while Time Warner seems happy it's all finally done. Reports seem to suggest that, with the looming NFL season, Time Warner caved and gave CBS their price increase but they didn't leave the table with nothing. Time Warner gained digital distribution rights which includes Showtime on demand.
If you were without CBS, or some of their related networks, you should have them all back by now. I foresee more of these types of disputes between media companies and content subscribers, especially since some media companies own are rivals and competitors. I would hope two companies could somehow come together and do what's best for their customers but sometimes money matters more.