Originally posted by CPanther95
If they agreed in principle, then they've basically agreed on the amount - we just don't know at what price.
I guarantee you Comcast is not paying cash for Sinclair's HD signals. Both sides will probably remain mum about it, so we may never know for sure.
No doubt, Comcast agreed to carry both Sinclair's analog and digital signals through at least 12/31/2008, maybe longer. Comcast also probably agreed to some sort of multicasting carriage-- a digital sub-channel or two that Sinclair has not launched yet but plans to sell advertising on, thus making money off of Comcast that way.
Comcast also surely agreed to the traditional advertising buy/exchange/sell that has always occured in all retransmission consent deals, and probably at advertising rates that are increased beyond what Comcast currently buys/exchanges for Sinclair's analog channels.
There likely is a side deal regarding VOD which may or may not involve a little cash.
But anyone who understands the cable industry and Comcast knows
that Comcast is not agreeing to pay cash for Sinclair's HD signal.