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New deal could mean higher rates for Mediacom customers

MIDDLETOWN, NY (KWWL) -- After months of negotiations, Mediacom announced Thursday that they have reached a one-year retransmission deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group.  But, that deal could come with a price -- a higher price for Mediacom customers.

The deal keeps 22 of Sinclair's television stations on Mediacom across the country, including three in Iowa.

While Phyllis Peters with Mediacom won't say how much more Mediacom will pay to retransmit Sincalir's stations, she says it would likely mean a price increase down the road for their customers.  She is not sure when that increase would go into effect.

Other providers such as Time Warner Cable, Charter Cable and DirecTV are also planning rate hikes this year as programming costs rise. 

Peters also says that Mediacom wanted a deal longer than just one year, but says Sinclair has not offered longer deals to anyone they have negotiated with recently.

A call to Barry Faber at Sinclair Broadcast Group in Baltimore, Maryland has not been returned yet.

Originally, the three Iowa stations were supposed to go dark on Mediacom at midnight on December 31, 2009.  The two sides agreed to an 8-day extension just before the deadline, keeping the FOX stations in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids on the air through the Orange Bowl.

Mediacom serves 1.3 million subscribers across the country, including 400,000 here in Iowa.

Mediacom and Sinclair went through a similar situation three years ago.

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