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Frontier adds options while Sinclair talks continue

Frontier Communications Corp. gave its cable TV subscribers access to HBO (US), Showtime (US) and Starz (US) after being unable to reach a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., oregonlive.com reported Jan. 30.

Frontier spokesman Javier Mendoza said in a statement that all of its existing Fios TV subscribers in Portland, Ore., and Seattle markets will get access to premium entertainment viewing options at no additional costs for a three-month period. Customers who already subscribe to these channels will get a one-time $20 credit on their bills, Mendoza added.

Mendoza said the company will continue to negotiate with Sinclair, and is also exploring other options for resolving the dispute, including unspecified remedies from the FCC.

As a result of the dispute, Frontier subscribers lost access to ABC (US)-affiliate KATU in Portland.