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Sinclair Broadcast Group and the National Cable Television Cooperative have come to terms on a multi-year retransmission agreement.

sinclair 3 jan 2018NCTC will now represent more than two million ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox subscribers in Sinclair markets, as well as 700,000 CW and MYTV subscribers. In addition, carriage of the Sinclair-owned Tennis Channel is part of the agreement.

NCTC has more than 850 independent cable/broadband operator members, and the deal will allow NCTC member companies to opt-in to the arrangement.

The news comes amid a slew of opposition that has emerged to the proposed $3.9 billion Sinclair-Tribune Media deal. Opponents of the proposed merger include those on the political right and left, including DISH Network, the American Cable Association, Competitive Carriers Association, advocacy group Common Cause, plus conservative news channels One America News Network, Newsmax and Glenn Beck's The Blaze.

Also opposed is the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represents Google, Amazon and other tech companies, and T-Mobile USA, which is concerned the deal could delay the transfer of broadcast airwaves spectrum for wireless use. Many of these joined the Coalition to Save Local Media, which came together to unite the opposition.