Time Warner Gets Sinclair Extension


Time Warner Cable got a retransmission-consent extension Friday to continue carrying Sinclair Broadcast Group stations until Jan. 19 so that both sides can continue negotiating to reach a final agreement.

The extension was the second one the broadcaster granted Time Warner, enabling the cable operator to keep offering Sinclair stations in former Adelphia Communications markets.

Without the latest extension, Time Warner would have lost the right to carry Sinclair stations as of 12:01 a.m. Jan. 13, Saturday morning. That would have impacted about 1 million former Adelphia subscribers in states such as New York, Ohio and Maine.

On Dec. 31, when the retransmission-consent deal for the former Adelphia systems was set to expire, Sinclair granted Time Warner its first extension, to Jan. 12.