LIN TV Corp. and Cox Communications agree to HD Deal

LIN TV Corp. (NYSE: TVL) and Cox Communications today announced that the companies have reached an agreement for retransmission consent of broadcast stations in both analog and in high-definition.

We are pleased with the outcome of our negotiations, said Vincent L. Sadusky, president and chief executive officer of LIN TV Corp. 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.

LIN stations are important to our mutual customers, and Cox is pleased to finalize an agreement providing for long-term carriage of both the analog and digital signals of those stations in the applicable Cox markets, said Bob Wilson, senior vice president of programming for Cox.

The deal enables hundreds of thousands of viewers to watch LIN TV s award-winning news, sports and entertainment programs in high-definition from the affiliate stations of WALA-TV (FOX) and WBPG-TV (CW) in the Mobile, Alabama Pensacola, Florida DMA; WAVY-TV (NBC) and WVBT-TV (FOX) in the Norfolk, Virginia DMA; WNAC-TV (FOX) and WPRI-TV (CBS) in the Providence, Rhode Island DMA; WWLP-TV (NBC) in the Springfield, Massachusetts DMA, and WTNH-TV (ABC) and WCTX-TV (MyNetworkTV) in the Hartford – New Haven, Connecticut DMA.

The agreement also grants Cox Communications the right to LIN TV s locally produced content for Video on Demand (VOD) and a new Local Weather Station will be available for viewers in Hartford and Florida s Gulf Coast, featuring the stations trusted meteorologists delivering hyper-local weather conditions, forecasts and live, local Doppler radar. Local Weather Stations offer continuous local weather information, up-to-the-minute, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cox Cable subscribers in Rhode Island and Norfolk currently have this resource with the WPRI
Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather Station and the
WAVY Weather Station.

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