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Agreement between Sinclair, Dish Network set to expire

Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said Monday that it was continuing to negotiate with Dish Network over a soon-to-expire agreement that allows the satellite TV provider to carry dozens of Sinclair-owned television stations.

The retransmission consent agreement expires at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. Such contracts set the fees that cable and satellite TV providers pay broadcast stations to include their signals in channel lineups.

Sinclair said in a statement Monday that "significant doubt exists as to whether or not a new agreement will be reached with Dish. In this event, Dish will discontinue carriage of these stations."

The agreement allows Dish, which has about 14 million customers nationwide, to carry 70 television stations that Sinclair provides service to or owns.

Sinclair owns, operates and programs 74 television stations in 45 markets, including affiliates of the three major networks and Fox 45 in Baltimore.

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