Lin Gets Signs DirecTV HD Retrans Deal, End Charter Battle

Lin TV Corp. has entered into a retransmission agreement with DBS firm DirecTV to carry 25 of Lin’s 30 broadcast stations in both HD and SD.

The deal came just days after Lin announced negotiations with cable provider Charter Communications for retransmission of 11 of those stations in seven markets were unlikely to lead to an agreement, and that the stations would probably be dropped from the cable systems June 30. But Charter and Lin announced Thursday they have reached a deal in principle for HD, digital and analog carriage and that the stations in Charter markets would stay on those systems.

Lin has been making a practice of using DBS deals to create leverage in retrans negotiations with cable. In March, Lin struck a similar deal with Dish.

“We are pleased with the outcome of our negotiations,” said Vincent Sadusky, Lin TV president and CEO. “The agreement reflects fair value to both parties and is in the best interest of the consumer.” DirecTV said the deal will enable it to add more HD channels in existing local markets and set the stage for a rollout of more local HD channels in the fall.

The retransmission agreement includes 25 stations in 14 markets. The 11 stations involved in the negotiations with Charter include:

  • WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV (Providence, R.I.)
  • WWLP-TV (Springfield, Mass.)
  • WOOD-TV, WOTV-TV, WXSP-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
  • WLUK-TV (Green Bay, Wis.)
  • WTNH-TV and WCTX-TV (Hartford-New Haven, Conn.)
  • WDTN-TV (Dayton, Ohio)
  • WUPW-TV (Toledo, Ohio).

The other 14 stations in the DirecTV deal are:

  • KRQE-TV, KASA-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • KXAN-TV, KNVA-TV and KBVO-TV (Austin, Texas)
  • WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • WANE-TV (Ft. Wayne, Ind.)
  • WISH-TV and WNDY-TV (Indianapolis, Ind.)
  • WALA-TV and WBPG-TV (Mobile, Ala.)
  • WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV (Norfolk, Va.)