Time Warner Cable said this evening that it reached a contract agreement that will allow the cable company to continue showing Sinclair's CW22 and MyRDC signals in the Triangle and nationwide. Popular Sinclair shows include “Gossip Girl,” “Nikita” and “Vampire Diaries.”
Sinclair, based in Maryland, had threatened to pull its programs from Time Warner Cable if the two sides could not reach an agreement by midnight tonight. The truce is temporary and gives both sides until Jan. 14 to continue negotiating. At the very least it frees up the lawyers and accountants from working on New Year's Eve.
We apologize if this plot line sounds like a re-run. This all-too-familiar script has played out numerous times in the past over contract negotiations. The programmers accuse the cable guys of corporate greed. The cable providers say they can't pay higher fees for the right to show the programming because they would be forced to raise their customers' rates to cover the higher costs.