Cox, LIN TV Ink Retrans Deal


Cox Communications andLIN TV reached a retransmission-consent agreement that covers the broadcaster’s analog and HDTV signals and provides the cable company with on-demand content, as well, officials said Thursday.

The agreement grants Cox the right to LIN TV’s locally produced content for video-on-demand, and a new LIN Local Weather Station channel will be available for Cox viewers in Hartford, Conn., and Florida’s Gulf Coast, featuring the stations’ meteorologists delivering hyper-local weather conditions, forecasts and live local Doppler radar.

Local Weather Stations offer continuous local weather information 24 hours per day. Cox Communications subscribers in Rhode Island and Norfolk, Va., currently have this resource with the WPRI Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather Station and theWAVY Weather Station.

The new LIN-Cox deal covers: Fox affiliate WALA-TV and The CW Network affiliate WBPG-TV in Mobile, Ala.-Pensacola, Fla.; ABC affiliate WAVY-TV and Fox affiliate WVBT-TV in Norfolk; Fox affiliate WNAC-TV and CBS affiliate WPRI-TV in Providence, R.I.; NBC affiliate WWLP-TV in Springfield, Mass.; and ABC affiliate WTNH-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate WCTX-TV in Hartford-New Haven, Conn.

The deal covers about 1 million Cox subscribers. Terms weren’t disclosed.

Cox is currently trying to renegotiate a new retransmission-consent deal with Belo’s WWL-TV in New Orleans. Cox’s extension to continue carrying the station expires Friday.

“We are pleased with the outcome of our negotiations,” LIN CEO Vincent Sadusky said in a prepared statement. “Our stations are leaders in their markets, and we’ve made substantial investments to bring our viewers high-definition digital programming. The agreement reflects fair value to both parties and is in the best interest of the consumer.”