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AXS TV and HDNet Movies Sign New Multi-Year Agreement With The National Cable Television Cooperative

Monday, Apr 20, 2015

AXS TV, cable's premier music and live event entertainment channel, and its companion network HDNet Movies, the ultimate high definition cable destination for Hollywood Blockbusters and iconic movie classics, has signed a long-term distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). As part of the deal, NCTC's participating member companies will continue to be able to provide their respective subscribers with AXS TV's and HDNet Movies' linear services on demand, and exclusive TV Everywhere content.

"NCTC is a valued partner and an integral component to our carriage growth," said Jeff Cuban, AXS TV's executive vice president. "With this renewal, NCTC's members can continue to enjoy and interact with AXS TV's programming lineup of concerts, series, celebrity interviews, live sports and music festival broadcasts, as well as HDNet Movies' box-office hits."

"NCTC is pleased to continue our partnership with AXS TV and HDNet Movies on behalf of our member companies, allowing them to provide the music and movie programming that their customers enjoy," said Judy Meyka, NCTC's EVP of Programming.

AXS TV delivers unforgettable concerts, entertaining series, live sporting events and music festival broadcasts. Highlights of the channel's programming roster include over 80 hours of music festival coverage each year, as well as more concert premieres than any other TV or cable network. The channel also serves as the exclusive U.S. TV home of Simon Cowell's international hit singing competition "The X Factor UK," and produces over 40 live MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing telecasts per year.


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 80 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 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 THE X FACTOR UK and original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; 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, including members of the National Cable Television Cooperative. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website,; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr; Cyber Dust and YouTube.

About NCTC

The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. and its territories. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long term sustainability of its member companies.

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