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The updated press release on Multichannel News now incorporates TWC comments/statements:
Time Warner Cable's new retransmission-consent deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group covers all of its subscribers in markets that carry Sinclair TV-station signals, not just those where Time Warner acquired systems from now-bankrupt Adelphia Communications.
Time Warner said Monday that it will carry the analog and digital signals of 35 TV stations owned or operated by the broadcaster in 22 markets for the next three years.
The cable operator and Sinclair finalized a new retransmission-consent pact Friday just hours before an extension of their old agreement was set to expire.
The new retransmission-consent deal expires Dec. 31, 2009, according to Sinclair and to Time Warner director of communications Maureen Huff.
The deal covers 6 million Time Warner subscribers in systems that carry local Sinclair-owned TV stations. Those systems will be able to carry not just existing Sinclair signals, but HD signals, as well, as they become available.
This means the agreement covers signals carried to almost 45% of Time Warner's 13.5 million cable-television subscribers. Originally, Time Warner had said that it was negotiating with Sinclair regarding carriage of its signals to about 1 million former Adelphia customers it acquired last year.
The pact marks the first time that Time Warner agreed to carry Sinclair's digital signals to most of its customers, according to the TV-station owner. The pact covers new HD signals as they become available, according to Huff.
Time Warner declined to comment on whether any cash payments would be made to Sinclair for carrying any of its TV stations' signals. Huff said the company won't comment on terms of the agreement.
It's clear it applies to all of us. Now the question is IF/WHEN we will these stations locally. My CSR and his supervisor still have no clue.