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TWC, Sinclair Reach Retrans Deal

  • AP, Tuesday, January 18, 2011 12:32 AM
After weeks in limbo, about 4 million of Time Warner Cable's customers will no longer have to worry about losing one of their network TV stations. Just hours before a midnight deadline, the company announced Saturday it has reached a deal in principle with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. over fees it pays to carry Sinclair broadcast signals, including those from local affiliates of Fox, ABC and CBS.

Without a deal, Time Warner would have had to drop Sinclair's stations from its channel lineups, though subscribers might not have noticed the difference. Time Warner says it would have replaced signals from Sinclair with feeds from nearby stations in other cities. Viewers would still have seen football games and shows such as "Glee" and "Desperate Housewives." But the local news in some cities would have come from an out-of-town station.



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