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Mediacom-Sinclair Spat Heats Up


By Linda Moss
11/2/2006 5:47:00 PM

The retransmission-consent dispute between Mediacom Communications and Sinclair Broadcast Group is ratcheting up ( www.multichannel.com/article/CA6387051.html ), with the TV-station owner expanding its offer to hand out rebates to cable subscribers who switch over to DirecTV.

Sinclair has already been telling Mediacom customers in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that they can get $150 rebates for moving over to direct-broadcast satellite by Dec. 1. That's when the cable operator will lose carriage of the broadcaster's stations in those cities -- namely Fox affiliate KDSM in Des Moines and CBS affiliate KGAN in Cedar Rapids.

And Friday, Sinclair plans to extend a similar offer -- this one for a $100 rebate -- to Mediacom subscribers in a number of the just over one-dozen other markets where the broadcaster's stations are going to be pulled off cable, Sinclair general counsel Barry Faber said Thursday....

( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6387901.html
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