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Time Warner Cable Customers Could Lose Major Networks

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NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable customers across the country could lose access to major broadcast networks because of a contract dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The dust-up between Sinclair and Time Warner Cable Inc. is one of a growing number of disputes over the fees that cable providers pay broadcast stations to include their signals in channel line-ups. Earlier, Cablevision Systems Corp. customers went without Fox programming for 15 days — including through two World Series games.

Sinclair wants more cash for the right to carry signals from its stations, but Time Warner Cable is resisting the increase. If a deal isn’t reached, 33 Sinclair stations in 21 markets — among them Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates — could go dark for Time Warner Cable customers after midnight Friday.

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