AXS TV EXPANDS ITS NATIONAL DISTRIBUTION FOOTPRINT, SIGNING A NEW MULTI-YEAR AFFILIATE DEAL WITH SUDDENLINK
Company Also Renews Companion-Channel HDNet Movies Affiliate Deal
LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 23, 2015 – AXS TV, the premier cable television destination for live music festival broadcasts, music programming, comedy performances and MMA action, has signed a new multi-year distribution agreement with Suddenlink, the seventh-largest cable distributor in the U.S. This year Suddenlink will significantly increase AXS TV’s distribution to communities it serves, and will make it available to subscribers in both standard and high definition. AXS TV’s companion-channel HDNet Movies also renewed its affiliate deal with Suddenlink as part of the overall agreement.
“As one of the most respected cable operators in the industry today, Suddenlink’s partnership with AXS TV is a strong endorsement that their subscribers have a great demand for the valuable, specialized programming our network provides,” said Jeff Cuban, executive vice president and general manager of AXS TV and HDNet Movies. “Now, with this deal, Suddenlink subscribers will be able to enjoy the same high quality content we’re known for, featuring live broadcasts and performances by today’s top musicians, comedians, and MMA athletes. As TV’s home for music, we are especially excited to give Suddenlink consumers the ultimate front-row experience as we broadcast five of the United States’ biggest music festivals throughout the spring and summer.
“Suddenlink’s recognition of the value that HDNet Movies brings to its subscribers is important as the Channel schedules films for every member of the family,” continued Cuban. “Not only does the channel showcase a diverse slate of box-office hits, but also features kidScene, a daily and Friday night programming block dedicated to both younger movie lovers and the young at heart.”
“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with HDNet Movies and AXS TV,” said Suddenlink Senior Vice President and Chief Programming Officer Kathy Payne. “AXS TV and HDNet Movies offer unique entertainment programming not found elsewhere and will be a great complement to our customers’ current entertainment options.”
ABOUT AXS TV
AXS TV is the cable industry’s leading general entertainment network for live event programming, and the premier destination for some of the nation’s biggest music festivals in 2015. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today’s top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. Boasting over 70 hours of exclusive live broadcasts of premier music festivals in 2015 (featuring Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rock on the Range Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival), the HD channel heavily concentrates on bringing the industry’s biggest names directly into their viewers’ homes, for the ultimate front row experience. Other hit network franchises include such original programs as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; DISCOVERING LUCY ANGEL, THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS, GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE, ART MANN PRESENTS, AXS TV FIGHTS and INSIDE MMA.
AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.
Suddenlink is the seventh largest cable operator in the United States, supporting the information, communication and entertainment demands of approximately 1.4 million residential and commercial customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia and elsewhere. Suddenlink simplifies its customers’ lives through one call for support, one connection, and one bill for TV, Internet, phone and other services.
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