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Sinclair, Time Warner Cable talks stretch on

NEW YORK CITY — Sinclair Broadcast Group and Time Warner Cable agreed to another extension in their negotiations over programming fees.

The companies are wrangling over how much Time Warner Cable Inc. will pay Sinclair for the rights to include Sinclair’s broadcast stations in Time Warner channel lineups. Their previous contract, which expired at the end of 2010, has now been extended until Feb. 2.

Sinclair has said that the two sides have an agreement in principle. And the company is no longer threatening to pull its channels, which include local affiliates of Fox, ABC and CBS.

A blackout would affect some 4 million Time Warner subscribers, but the cable company has said it would replace Sinclair signals with those of nearby stations, allowing its customers to watch network programing, but not local news.