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Spoon
01-18-2012, 06:56 PM
Cuban Rebranding HDNet as AXS TV in Joint Venture With AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media and CAA - 2012-01-18 22:00:00 | Broadcasting & Cable (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/479246-Cuban_Rebranding_HDNet_as_AXS_TV_in_Joint_Venture_ With_AEG_Ryan_Seacrest_Media_and_CAA.php)


The rebranded network is scheduled to debut this summer -- the aim is June -- with an eventual goal of becoming a destination for live programming 24/7. DISH has signed on to expand its distribution by including a standard definition version of the network on its America's Top 120 programming package. HDNet is currently on the satellite provider's HD tier. Cuban says HDNet is now in about 27 million homes and that the Dish deal will bring AXS TV's distribution to more than 35 million. As part of the agreement with Dish, the satellite operator will make AXS-branded concerts available on VOD starting March 15.


Cuban says the goal for AXS is to someday, though he wouldn't begin to guess when, provide round-the-clock live programming. "My goal has been taking HDNet live, 24/7," he told B&C in an interview Wednesday along with Timothy J. Leiweke, President & CEO, AEG; and Dave Shull, senior VP of programming for Dish at AEG's office at LA Live in downtown LA. He adds that going live 24/7 with AXS is "absolutely" the aim.

Signature HDNet programming including HDNet Fights, Inside MMA, Dan Rather Reports, Sunday concert series, and select non-scripted series will continue on AXS TV.

Not completely MMA news, but I figured it was worth posting, noting the SD version that will become available on Dish Network.

beau420
01-19-2012, 12:20 PM
HDNet needs to come back to Canada.

The two biggest cable companies in Canada and neither of them have HDNet anymore.