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Gannett extends negotiation deadline with Dish

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Gannett Co Inc and Dish NetworkCorp have agreed to extend their negotiation deadlineby several hours to reach a deal over fees that involve thesatellite TV provider's controversial digital video recorder.

"In order to provide additional time to reach a deal, bothsides have agreed to extend the deadline by several hours,"Gannett said in a statement.

Dish said on Friday that the broadcasting arm of newspaperpublisher Gannett had threatened to withdraw broadcasting on thesatellite TV provider if it did not block thecommercial-skipping feature on its DVR, the Hopper, or agree topay massive penalties.

Gannet had earlier set a midnight, Oct. 7 deadline fornegotiations with Dish and said that an agreement was possible.

If Gannett Broadcasting lets the current broadcastingcontract expire without renewal, Dish customers in 19 citiesincluding Atlanta, Washington D.C., Denver, Minneapolis,Cleveland, Phoenix and Sacramento would lose various ABC, CBSand NBC-affiliated stations.

(Reporting by Neha Alawadhi in Bangalore; Editing by LouiseHeavens)

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