Negotiating time between Sinclair and EchoStar is winding down, with the broadcaster warning that their temporary carriage contract is set to expire Aug 1. "We recently offered to extend the agreement for an additional month to allow us additional time to negotiate with EchoStar, but EchoStar has unfortunately refused to agree to such an extension," Sinclair said on its Website. EchoStar said it’s negotiating with Sinclair in hopes of reaching a "fair agreement" this month that will let it continue to carry the local broadcast channels. The 2 reached a temporary truce in May that kept Sinclair stations from going dark on May 31 (Cfax, 5/27). Sinclair’s Website told visitors that to ensure uninterrupted service, "you may want to consider contacting your local cable operator or DirecTV."

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