Big Year-End Retransmission Dispute Pits Time Warner Cable Against Sinclair Broadcast Group

Dec 29, 2010  •  Post A Comment

As another year draws to a close, another fight over retransmission consent fees has arisen, with Time Warner Cable in a battle over the fees the cable operator pays to Sinclair Broadcast Group to retransmit 33 of its 58 television stations, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.

Sinclair wants more money for those stations, which are located in 21 markets, the story says. The contract between the companies expires at the last minute of the last day of the year, and at this point the dispute could go either way–getting resolved before then, or having those stations dropped from Time Warner Cable homes, the article notes.

Sinclair said Tuesday that talks between the companies have halted because Time Warner Cable refused "to engage in further negotiations" after it asked for an average of 10 cents more per month per subscriber, which it says the cable operator rejected and refused to provide a counter-offer.

Time Warner Cable, for its part, said it was willing to negotiate "a reasonable agreement" and that it didn’t intend to end negotiations, the article notes.

At this time last year, Time Warner Cable was involved in a similar fee dispute with News Corp., the article adds.

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