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Sinclair removes its TV stations from Playstation Vue

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has removed all the ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliated TV stations it owns from Sony's TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, citing a contractual dispute with Sony.

The Hunt Valley-based broadcaster said it pulled the stations after Sony failed to comply with contractual provisions. The move affects all PlayStation Vue subscribers in markets where Sinclair owns those network-affiliated stations.

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"We regret Sony was not willing to meet certain requirements for carrying our stations," Barry Faber, Sinclair's executive vice president for network relations and distribution, said in an announcement earlier this week.

A Sony spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sony describes PlayStation Vue as a live streaming TV service for up to five devices at once that offers sports, news and other programs along with premium channels and a cloud DVR.

Sinclair said Sony notified its subscribers that the network stations will be replaced with on-demand content.

"That [network] content represents just a fraction of the programming Sinclair's stations provide and does not include any of our award-winning news or popular syndicated programming," Sinclair said in its announcement.

Faber urged Sony subscribers to consider other video distributor options, including Sony competitor YouTube TV.

Sinclair said its break with PlayStation Vue will have no material impact on the business. The broadcaster, which is awaiting regulatory approval of its planned $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media, expects to own, operate or provide services to 215 TV stations in 102 markets after the two companies merge. It owns stations affiliated with all the major networks.

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