One of the bargaining chips that cable channels have when negotiating new contracts with cable providers is the "blackout" — pulling their content from the provider until a better settlement is reached. That's what Time Warner customers are learning as the provider continues to debate the terms of its agreement with CBS. In this brief — yet lively — video discussion, our experts examine the effects of a cable blackout on consumers. What about you, readers? Let us know how you feel about cable channel blackouts in the comments section below. Related dealnews Features: VIDEO: What Services Are the Most Difficult to Cancel? VIDEO: Would You Replace Your Wallet with Your Phone? VIDEO: Our Google Chromecast Review Reveals Some Caveats Follow @dealnews for the latest roundups, price trend info, and stories. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.