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RURAL MEDIA GROUP AND MEDIACOM COMMUNICATIONS ANNOUNCE NEW AGREEMENT
“Rural America’s Most Important Network” to Reach More Mediacom Subscribers
(NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 3, 2015) Rural Media Group announced today that it has agreed to a multi-year programming renewal with Mediacom Communications. The agreement covers added distribution for RFD-TV on Mediacom’s “expanded basic” service, beginning September 2015. RFDHD distribution is included in the agreement and Mediacom systems will begin rolling out the HD service beginning in January 2016. RFD-TV’s sister service, FamilyNet will get first-time distribution on Mediacom’s ”variety tier.”
“Mediacom was the first landline distributor to carry our service 13 years ago in September,” said Patrick Gottsch, RMG Founder and CEO. “We appreciate the opportunity to grow with Mediacom and we look forward to many more years of success together.”
In addition to being RFD-TV’s first landline distributor, the two companies have a strong history of collaboration, including the ongoing partnership to broadcast RFD-TV’s new political series, RURAL TOWN HALL. Governor Bobby Jindal was the first guest on RURAL TOWN HALL where he outlined his vision for rural America as a candidate for President of the United States in 2016.
“As a cable company that specializes in serving smaller markets, we are pleased expand our relationship with RFD-TV and bring more of their rural living themed content to our customers,” said Ed Pardini, Mediacom’s SVP of Field Operations.”
“Mediacom’s commitment to increase carriage of RFD-TV and FamilyNet will result in many beneficial opportunities to increase the value of the brand of both companies,” said Peter Clifford, RMG Head of Content Distribution. “Mediacom’s current participation in RURAL TOWN HALL is a prime example of the creative partnerships we are looking for in this complex and competitive environment.”
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 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: 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. 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.
RURAL RADIO: Found exclusively on SiriusXM channel 147 (formerly channel 80), 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: 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.
Heather Huston, VP of Marketing, o: (615) 296-9332, m: (802)345-5262, heather@rfdtvcom
Phyllis Peters, Mediacom Communications Director, e: email@example.com, o: (515) 246-2295, m: (515) 707-7148