Cut to present day, and we're about to go through the same mess all over again. But this time, it may take a second Green Bay station off cable lineups with it.
Deadline.com is reporting that, at the end of next week, LIN stations could go dark on Time Warner Cable all across the country. This includes WLUK FOX 11, as well as the fledgling CW 14 station it scooped up in the time since the last retransmission flap.
At issue, as always, is money. LIN is saying, as it had in past, that the costs of local programming are going up, and they have retooled their entire news operation to HD since the last spat. Time Warner is claiming that LIN is asking for a 50% jump in rates.
LIN stations, like WLUK, were blacked out for 25 days in 2008.
Anyone still have one of the 30,000+ free antennas Time Warner was giving out to customers back then? Of course that was before the digital transition, and FOX 11 changed their digital transmitter from UHF channel 51 to VHF channel 11. I wonder if those babies were UHF/VHF compatible.
And remember those billboards Time Warner purchased along Highway 41 that summer? If they do that again, it looks like they'll have to find a different website domain. TellTheTruthWLUK.com is currently registered to a Japanese holder.