Cable operator Mediacom and Sinclair Broadcasting ended a weeks-long standoff that had cut off the signals of various Sinclair-owned television stations to 700,000 Mediacom customers, as the companies reached terms on the carriage of Sinclair stations on Mediacom’s cable system. Details on the agreement announced late last Friday were not disclosed, although sources have been quoted as indicating that Sinclair had sought a cash payment from Mediacom of less than 50-cents per subscriber per month in exchange for carriage rights. The deal covers the analog and digital signals of 24 Sinclair stations in 12 states that include affiliates of the Fox and CBS broadcast networks. Upon completion of the agreement, signal service was restored immediately to affected Mediacom customers in time for Sunday’s broadcast of the Super Bowl on CBS. Analysts say that, since Sinclair dropped its stations from the Mediacom lineup on January 6, Sinclair lost more than 40% of its viewership on the affected stations as Mediacom lost about 5,000 of its customers on a weekly basis. Although Sinclair and Mediacom have settled their differences, experts predict that disputes of this kind will become more commonplace as broadcasters press increasingly for cash instead of non-cash compensation (such as commercial time) for carriage.