Circle Network Announces Distribution Deal with National Cable Television Cooperative

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and LENEXA, KAN. – (January 31, 2022Circle Network, an award-winning country music and lifestyle programming network, announced today a new distribution agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a not-for-profit corporation that serves 40 million broadband and video customers throughout the U.S. and its territories. The partnership meets an increasing demand for country lifestyle original programming on cable television and provides an affordable choice for member operators seeking a wide range of content straight from Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry itself.

NCTC’s over 700 member operators will now have 24/7 access to a unique source for country programming, including documentaries, original series, invitation ceremonies, movies, and more. In addition to pre-recorded content, Circle Network also livestreams performances from the Grand Ole Opry as part of its Opry Live segment, which airs each Saturday night. Some of 2021’s biggest Opry Live performances included Luke Combs, Dierks Bentley, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, and Brothers Osborne. 

“Our distribution with NCTC opens up the door to hundreds of new independent cable and broadband companies. We are thrilled to be a part of this network and have the opportunity to reach their country music fans across the country,” said Circle Network General Manager, Drew Reifenberger. Circle Network currently reaches 100+ U.S. markets and 46.6 million people monthly through streaming platforms, CirclePlus.com and digital devices, such as desktops and apps.

Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray Television. For more schedule and program details, visit https://www.circleallaccess.com/

About Circle Network

Circle is a media network dedicated to celebrating the country lifestyle and putting fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. The network recently announced ad-supported streaming distribution partnerships with several platforms, bringing its country lifestyle programming to millions more through TVs, smartphones and tablets. Named Pollstar’s #1 Livestreamer across all genres for 2020, Digiday’s 2021 “Best Streaming TV Platform,” Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray Television.

About the National Cable Television Cooperative

The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas-based, not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming, broadband solutions and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies serving 40 million broadband and video customers 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. NCTC represents more than 700 independent cable and broadband operators across the U.S., in programming and technology acquisition. NCTC is actively engaged in helping network providers and suppliers evolve their business models to deploy new video/data solutions to match the changes in the media landscape.

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

Circle Network:

Teresa George

[email protected]

Sunshine Sachs:

Lauren Kelcher Stevenson / Sam Stephens / Courtney Jacobs Stemmer / Sarah Borchardt / Rachel May

[email protected]

NCTC:

Pam Gillies

[email protected]

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