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October 30, 2008

LIN TV Lands Carriage Agreement with Time Warner Cable

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

LIN TV, a U.S.-based television and digital media company, announced that it has signed a carriage agreement with Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable, a U.S.-based cable operator and a provider of video, data and voice services. 
Under the terms of the agreement, LIN TV will be available through Time Warner Cable’s network, as part of its services. Seventeen local broadcasting stations owned by LIN TV will be carried by Time Warner or its affiliate Bright House Network. LIN TV will now be able to retransmit both analog and digital signals of its broadcast television stations - with the help of Time Warner services. The markets that will be covered under this agreement include: Austin; Buffalo; Columbus; Dayton; Ft. Wayne; Green Bay; Indianapolis; Mobile; Norfolk; Springfield (Mass); Terre Haute and Toledo.
Vincent L. Sadusky, president and CEO of LIN TV, said, “This agreement, which represents a mutually acceptable economic agreement between the parties, is further indication of the value of our television stations. We thank our viewers and our advertisers for their tremendous support throughout these negotiations.”
LIN TV claims that it owns and operates 29 television stations in 17 U.S. markets, all of which are affiliated with a national broadcast network. Its stations deliver important local news and community stories, along with top-rated sports and entertainment programming, to 9% of U.S. television homes. It also provides Internet via its television station web sites.  
Recently, the company picked Critical Media’s real-time broadcast-to-online video platform, Syndicaster. Syndicaster will be leveraged by LIN TV across all of its 29 television stations and local web sites. By using this platform, LIN TV will have access to its on-air content in real-time, thereby facilitating the company to create video clips for online distribution via a simple, password-protected Web interface.
Time Warner Cable primarily provides digital cable services, high-speed online services and digital phone. The company’s digital cable service offers high-definition TV (HDTV), digital video recorder (DVR), CableCard (interface for digital TV that lets user plug the cable line directly into the TV), on-demand, switched digital video etc. The company also offers Road Runner high-speed online service, which enables users to have access to the Internet directly over the company’s advanced fiber network.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek