Updated: News Corp., Time Warner Still Negotiating


At the stroke of midnight Eastern Standard Time, News Corp. had not pulled its Fox signals on the Time Warner Cable system, although the two sides still had not sealed a retransmission consent deal for Fox-owned stations and several Fox-owned national and regional cable networks.

"We're still negotiating and are going to allow a little more time," a Fox spokesman said.

Time Warner Cable confirmed that it had received "a brief extension with Fox, Food and GAC as negotiations continue."

The extension appears to be a few hours. The contracts expire according to local time -- so, for example, the deal for KTTV in Los Angeles expires at midnight Pacific Standard Time. The national cable networks involved expire at midnight Pacific Time as well. So a three-hour extension would extend the negotiations until the last deadline of the deal.

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