Smith Media, Time Warner Reach Retrans Deal


Time Warner Cable reached a retransmission-consent deal with Smith Media late Saturday, returning four stations in Utica, N.Y. and Burlington, Vt., to the MSO's subscribers in those markets. Terms were not disclosed.
The story was first reported by the Utica Observer-Dispatch on Saturday.
The stations - WKTV (NBC) and CNYC (the CW) in Utica and WFFF(Fox) and WVNY (ABC) in Burlington, Vt., went dark on Time Warner Cable systems in those areas on Dec. 15. During that dark period, Time Warner Cable had imported an NBC affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to the Utica market. Burlington customers had access to Watertown, N.Y. Fox affiliate WNYF and Utica ABC affiliate WUTR.
"With this final agreement in place, WKTV can now focus singularly on what we do best, which is serving the communities of Utica, Ilion, Oneonta, Rome, Hamilton, and surrounding areas," Smith Media vice president and WKTV general manager Vic Vetters said in a statement.
While terms were not disclosed, Time Warner Cable appeared pleased with the results.
"We said from the start we wanted to stand up for our customers, and reach an agreement that helped hold down the cost of television. We believe we have accomplished that," Time Warner Cable regional vice president of operations Terence Rafferty said in a statement, according to the O-D.