LIN TV, Time Warner Cable Reach Retrans Deal

After a nearly four-week standoff, LIN TV and Time Warner Cable, the second largest cable operator have reached a retransmission agreement, restoring the programming lineup carried by LIN TV stations in 11 markets to 1.5 million TWC subscribers. The agreement covers the retransmission by TWC or its affiliate Bright House Network, of both the analog and digital signals for 17 LIN TV stations in Austin, Tex.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio; Ft. Wayne, Terre Haute and Indianapolis, Ind.; Green Bay, Wisc.; Mobile, Ala.; Norfolk, Va.; and Springfield, Mass.

Terms were not disclosed.

LIN TV pulled its signals from the cable operator on Oct. 2 after negotiations between the two parties stalled. During negotiations, LIN TV made no secret that it was holding out for TWC to pay “fair market value” for its programming, while TWC held to its position that it should not pay for free over-the-air broadcast signals.

In statements issued Wednesday (Oct. 29), neither party indicated how the positions were resolved.

“We are pleased to have reached a fair market agreement with Time Warner Cable,” said Vincent Sadusky, president and CEO. “This agreement, which represents a mutually acceptable economic agreement between the parties, is further indication of the value of our television stations.”

Time Warner said the signals be be immediately restored to its line up. “We are pleased to come to an agreement that will return programming to our customers,” said Melinda Witmer, chief programming officer for TWC.