More than 1.5M Time Warner Cable subscribers in 14 markets can relax. The cable company — which also represents Bright House Network — “has reached an agreement with LIN Media for continued carriage of their broadcast stations,” it said today without details about terms. The companies’ carriage agreement was due to expire today, and LIN had warned that its stations might have to go dark on TWC and Bright House systems. The two cable companies account for about 20.6% of LIN’s viewers, according to SNL Kagan data. Stations that appeared to be at risk included LIN TV’s NBC, CW, and MyNetworkTV affiliates in Austin; CBS and CW stations in Buffalo, NY; NBC and CW outlets in Dayton, OH; and Fox and CW stations in Green Bay. TWC said that LIN wanted a 50% hike in the retransmission fees it negotiated two years ago. LIN countered that it was asking for “less than what Time Warner pays for many of its cable networks with far lower ratings.” LIN’s stations were blacked out on Time Warner Cable for 25 days in fall 2008 when negotiations reached an impasse.
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