Cable provider strikes a deal

December 8, 2009 

Cable TV customers who are fans of "The Vampire Diaries," "Melrose Place" and "Gossip Girl," can rest easy.

Time Warner Cable announced Monday that it reached a one-year extension of its transmission deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group. In the Triangle, that means that Time Warner customers won't lose access to The CW and MyNetwork Television, two stations owned by Sinclair.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Time Warner recently started a marketing campaign where it asked viewers to vote whether it should "roll over or get tough" with broadcasters and programmers that are demanding more money. The higher fees would have to be passed on to customers, Time Warner argues.

The cable provider, which serves more than 800,000 customers in the market that stretches from Raleigh to the coast, is continuing negotiations with other local broadcasters, said spokeswoman Melissa Buscher.

Customers could see some channels go dark if deals aren't reached, she added.

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