LIN in another retrans battle


As of New Year’s Day, two LIN Television stations were pulled off the local cable systems of Suddenlink Communications after talks failed on a new retransmission consent agreement. Suddenlink, formerly known as Cebridge Connections, discontinued carriage of KXAN-TV (Ch. 36, NBC) in the Austin, TX DMA and KBIM-TV (Ch. 10, CBS) Roswell, NM, which is a satellite of KRQE-TV (Ch. 13, CBS) Albuquerque, NM, in the southeastern portion of the Albuquerque DMA.

According to the Austin Statesman-American, Suddenlink serves about 35,000 customers in the greater Austin area, mostly in Pflugerville, Georgetown and Leander. Time Warner is the market’s major cable provider.
According to the KRQE/KBIM website, the Suddenlink systems affected in New Mexico are in the Clovis and Portales area.