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RURAL MEDIA GROUP NAMED TWO OF THE TOP 16 “BEST BARGAINS” IN ENTERTAINMENT
Operators Rank RFD-TV and FamilyNet for the Third Year in a Row
(NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 3, 2015) RFD-TV and FamilyNet have been ranked as two of the top 16 “Best Bargain” cable networks according to the 20th Annual Cable Network Evaluation Survey. Conducted by Independent Cable News, the survey provides specific data on 143 national, basic, cable networks and their relationships with smaller system operators.
“For the third year in a row, Rural Media Group’s networks have made the cut, demonstrating consistent value to a very important group of MVPD’s,” said Peter Clifford, SVP, Affiliate Sales.
Operators ranked each cable network on pricing as “A Bargain,” “Reasonable,” “Too High,” or “Outrageous.” FamilyNet ranked #12 and RFD-TV at #16 in the top list of networks who were considered “A Bargain.” RFD-TV was also listed as one of the top networks that operators would most like to add to their channel lineup.
Both networks have continued to see distribution growth with RFD-TV up 13% since 2013 and available in 48 million households across North America. Top programs for the network include Midwest Country, The Marty Stuart Show, Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, and Western Sports Weekly.
FamilyNet has also seen distribution growth, up 20% since 2013 and available in 25 million homes. TV classics such as All In The Family, Barney Miller and Sanford and Son are top programs that continue to drive overall ratings growth for the network.
About Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG):
Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. Reconnecting city with country, RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks (RFD-TV, RURAL TV, FamilyNet, and RURAL RADIO) are distributed into more than 100-million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.
RFD-TV is the flagship network for RMG. Launched in December 2000, RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network, featuring programming focused on the agribusiness, equine and the rural lifestyle. Along with traditional country music and entertainment, RFD-TV programming includes Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Western Sports Weekly, top rodeo events such as The American, and award-winning musical entertainment such as The Marty Stuart Show, Reno’s Old Time Music, The Molly B Polka Party, and Larry’s Country Diner.
Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147, is the agribusiness and western lifestyle channel for the U.S. and Canada. RURAL RADIO’s program schedule revolves around original productions focused on agriculture, equine, hunting, fishing, western sports, and living the country life in small towns and ranches. Broadcast operations for the station are located in Nashville, Tennessee. The channel airs multiple exclusive series including Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Western Sports Round Up, and reports from CME on Commodity Wrap. RURAL RADIO also carries live western sports including PBR bull-riding and PRCA rodeo events every weekend.
FamilyNet is America’s trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing wholesome and responsible viewing choices for today’s diverse family.
RFD-TV The Magazine:
RFD-TV The Magazine is the print-programming guide for the networks, which has attracted over 180,000 paid subscribers.
RFD-TV The Theatre:
RFD-TV The Theatre is a 2,000 capacity soft seat venue in Branson, Missouri where entertainment programming is produced and performed.
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