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Time Warner tells customers Fox shows will go on

Negotiations between Time Warner Cable and the company that owns Buffalo's Fox affiliate have taken a new twist.

The cable company has started notifying its customers that it has a deal with Fox that would allow Time Warner to continue offering popular Fox shows if it does not reach a deal with Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. by Jan. 1, said Matthew Tremblay, a Time Warner spokesman.

Maryland-based Sinclair -- which owns WUTV Fox 29 and WNYO myTV in the Buffalo area -- started scrolling a message on its two Buffalo stations last month that warned that the two channels could be pulled from the local cable lineup if a deal with Time Warner is not reached.

The two companies have been negotiating since June over the amount of money Time Warner pays to Sinclair Broadcasting to carry its stations. The current contract expires Dec. 31.

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