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fifty nine

Sussex, NJ
reply to QLR

Re: luckily there is no Time Warner here lol

said by QLR:

Sinclair is always in a retransmission battle with the cable companies... in south Georgia, they just managed to eke out an agreement for now with Mediacom. I think it comes back next year. I think they can care less for the local Sinclair station here, WTWC, a NBC affiliate. No news, only NBC programming and court shows. Station has been plagued with various technical problems. The south Georgia viewers are likely happy with WALB, the Media General NBC station in Albany, or WCTV/WSWG.

Why can't the stations revert to must carry when the agreements end, so viewers wouldn't be adversely impacted?
Why would they want to? The whole point is that they can ask for compensation or threaten to pull the signal.

Besides they are only allowed to switch between must carry and restans consent only once every three years.