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National Cable TV Cooperative Renews Distribution Deal for AXS TV and HDNet Movies – Media Play News

Erik Gruenwedel

The National Cable Television Cooperative – representing more than 750 small and medium independent cable and broadband operators across the country – announced on April 28 the finalization of a multi-year renewal agreement to offer AXS TV and HDNet Movies to its companies. members.

AXS TV and HDNet Movies were started by Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban, who later sold the properties to Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

AXS TV specializes in music content, concerts, documentaries and profiles. Original programs include “The Big Interview With Dan Rather”, “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar”, “The Top Ten Revealed”, and “Live From Daryl’s House” with Daryl Hall. The network also airs combat sports content such as “Impact Wrestling” and mixed martial arts competitions.

AXS TV recently launched the new “At Home & Social” initiative to support families, small businesses, healthcare professionals and many others who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The series offers performers and performers a platform to stream exclusive performances live from their homes and studios directly to their fans.

Highlights include performances by Dave Matthews, Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Luke Bryan, and Ryan Tedder, among others associated with Verizon’s “Pay It Forward” live-action series, as well as the “At Home With Farm Aid” special event. featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Matthews, who raised over $500,000 for family farmers.

HDNet Movies offers award-winning catalog classics, blockbusters and modern favorites from the 1980s to today. The network also features a wide variety of themed blocks featuring Oscar winners, A-List line-ups, celebrity birthdays, special events hosted by notable actors, artists, and pundits from across the Film Industry.

“This important agreement provides us with a valuable opportunity to bring exclusive content from AXS TV and HDNET Movies to more viewers across the country,” Randy Brown, senior vice president of distribution for Anthem, said in a statement.

Judy Meyka, executive vice president of programming, NCTC., said the co-op was “thrilled” to be building on the Anthem partnership.