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By Linda Moss
12/4/2006

Mediacom Communications last week won a temporary reprieve in its long-brewing retransmission-consent dispute with a broadcaster, while EchoStar Communications was able to strike a permanent deal with another TV-station group.

Mediacom's cable systems and EchoStar's Dish Network satellite service faced losing the signals for TV stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and Pappas Telecasting, respectively, as of Dec. 1, because of expiring retransmission-consent pacts.

If the 22 Sinclair and 15 Pappas stations had been pulled, roughly 2.7 million cable and satellite subscribers would have been affected. But the worst-case scenario was avoided in both instances.

Thursday night, Sinclair granted Mediacom an extension to continue carrying the broadcaster's stations until Jan. 5. The delay will allow both sides to continue negotiating toward a to longer-term agreement, according to Mediacom.

That same day, Pappas and EchoStar said they had reached a five-year retransmission-consent agreement, running through Nov. 30, 2011. Terms were not disclosed...

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( The entire article is at the following source: http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6396753.html )
 

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IMHO, this should be seen as a reprieve for Sinclair. In the big picture, Mediacom would lose one channel (albeit a major network), while Sinclair's stations would lose a huge number of households (about half the market in some stations' cases). The Des Moines Register reported that KDSM (FOX) was planning to cut ad rates by 25% or more if it left cable. I have to wonder if the people who work at the local Sinclair stations are happy with their corporate negotiators...
 
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