KXAN Airs Its Time Warner Laundry
KXAN broadcasts its disgust with Time Warner
LIN wants Time Warner to pay more compensation for the right to retransmit KXAN's programming to its 311,000 Austin-area subscribers, an increasingly common dispute as broadcasters seek new revenue. Cable systems like Time Warner say they don't want to pass on the costs to their customers (translation: They want to maintain their profit margins).
KXAN engaged in a similar action earlier this year with Suddenlink, a system in Williamson Co. Suddenlink eventually replaced KXAN with another NBC affiliate; a few weeks later KXAN and the cable system reached a deal, and KXAN was back on the air. As it did in the Suddenlink dispute, KXAN is advertising a special $50 coupon for any current Time Warner Cable subscribers who switch to the Dish Network satellite service, which will still carry KXAN.
Meanwhile, in other KXAN news, co-anchor Michelle Valles has officially left the station after a contract dispute. "I wouldn't even consider the deal that was offered," Valles told the Austin American-Statesman. "I just want to be appreciated."