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Sinclair Broadcast Group was set to pull its stations from 3 million Comcast Corp. subscribers early today if a retransmission consent deal can't be reached.

With an extension on their current pact set to expire at 5 a.m. EST, the signals for 30 stations in 23 markets hang in the balance. Comcast has balked at paying cash to any station group, but Sinclair is intent on getting new revenue, as it did in February from Mediacom Communications after yanking its stations for several weeks.

"Our first goal is to protect our customers from being charged extra for free TV," Comcast said. "We continue to talk with Sinclair and will continue to offer Sinclair's broadcast stations unless they demand those stations be removed."

A Sinclair spokesman told the Associated Press, "It's important for people to know that there's a chance they could wake up this morning and the station might not be there anymore."
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