RFD-TV in Favor of the Merger with Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks
(NASHVILLE, TENN. — October 21, 2015) RFD-TV executives are in Washington D.C. this week meeting with government officials about the positive relationship it has with Charter Communications as a show of support for its pending merger with Time Warner and Brighthouse cable networks. Since its initial agreement with RFD-TV in 2006, Charter Communications has a proven track record of supporting rural, independent programming. RFD-TV now enjoys full distribution in all Charter systems nationwide, both in standard and high definition. In support of the merger, RFD-TV submitted comments to the FCC on October 13, 2015 (GN Docket No. 15-149). RFD-TV further demonstrated its support of Charter in D.C. with a full-page advertisement in today’s Washington Post.
By contrast, only 4% of Time Warner and Brighthouse cable customers currently enjoy RFD-TV due to lack of carriage in most areas of the country and/or placement of RFD-TV on obscure tiers. Since March 2014, RFD-TV has been out of contract with both Time Warner and Brighthouse, who have been unwilling to negotiate in good faith to increase distribution of rural, independent programming.
"Rural America recognizes that its best opportunity to reconnect city with country again is to have Charter Communications control access to the urban homes currently being served by Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse systems," stated Patrick Gottsch, founder and president of Rural Media Group, Inc. "This is a totally different situation compared to the previous takeover attempt as roles are reversed with the smaller rural cable company merging with the larger urban clustered entities."
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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, RURAL RADIO, FamilyNet, RFD-TV The Magazine, and RFD-TV The Theatre. RMG networks are distributed to 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 rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. Top RFD-TV programming includes Market Day Report, Rural Evening News, Rural America Live, 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.
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