More than 76 million users can now join Country Music’s “Inner Circle” Through Smart TV and Streaming Devices
Circle is proud to announce streaming distribution partnerships with Roku, Inc., Samsung TV Plus, VIZIO SmartCast® and XUMO that will connect approximately 76 million users to the recently-launched country lifestyle network.
The FAST (Free Ad-Supported Streaming Television) and AVOD (Ad-Supported Video on Demand) platforms will feature the same original programming that is currently available over‐the air and cable via agreements with Gray Television, Tegna, Meredith and CBS owned stations affiliated with all major networks, creating additional avenues for the more than 130 million country music enthusiasts in the United States to access artist-centered programs and story-telling.
“Every day, our goal is to make The Roku Channel experience even better for our users,” said Ashley Hovey, Director of AVOD Growth at Roku. “With the launch of Circle, we’re bringing great, free ad-supported country music and lifestyle content to our users. We’re very excited to help grow Circle’s audience with The Roku Channel’s very engaged users.”
“When we created Circle, we set out to tell stories that country fans wanted to know but that weren’t being told,” said Drew Reifenberger, Circle Network’s general manager. “The early response we have received from our audience on linear TV and cable has been tremendous, and adding these streaming partners represents a major step forward for us as we make this content available to millions of additional fans.”
Launched in January, Circle Network features a mix of licensed and original programming, including “Opry Live,” which has continued its live broadcast of the Saturday night Grand Ole Opry show for 29 consecutive weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Grand Ole Opry to suspend its in-person audiences.
Additional original programming from the network includes “Circle Sessions,” “Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar,” “Hee Haw,” “Upstream with Elizabeth Cook,” “Authentic America,” “The Dailey & Vincent Show,” “The Southern Weekend,” “Circle’s Classic Westerns Night” and more.
Fans with access to The Roku Channel, the home of free and premium entertainment on the Roku platform, can find Circle in the “Live TV” option. And, available on Samsung smart TVs and Galaxy mobile devices, Samsung TV Plus delivers instant access to Circle and hundreds of channels – no subscriptions, no credit cards, just free TV. Circle is also featured on the VIZIO SmartCast Home screen. Fans who subscribe to Comcast Xfinity or Xfinity-FLEX will now be able to access Circle through XUMO’S unique integration with Comcast.