|Launched||September 6, 2001|
|Owned by||AXS TV LLC
(formerly HDNet, Inc.)
(through Ryan Seacrest Media)
Anschutz Entertainment Group
Creative Artists Agency
|Picture format||1080i HD|
|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Formerly called||HDNet (2001-2012)|
|Sister channel(s)||HDNet Movies|
|Available on many cable systems||Check local listings|
AXS TV (pronounced "access") is an entertainment cable television channel in the United States. The network is owned by a consortium consisting of AXS TV LLC (a company founded by investor Mark Cuban in 2001 as HDNet, Inc.), Ryan Seacrest (through Ryan Seacrest Media), Anschutz Entertainment Group, and Creative Artists Agency, a move that saw the channel rebrand from HDNet on July 2, 2012. CBS joined the partnership on Feb. 14, 2013 when it traded programming and marketing for a minority stake in AXS TV.
AXS TV's current schedule includes the best in music programming, including festivals and concert events, as well as live comedy, investigative reporting and mixed martial arts series.
- 1 History
- 2 Programming
- 3 Home of TV Festivals
- 4 HDNet movies
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Launch and availability in the United States
On September 6, 2001, HDNet was launched by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Philip Garvin, owner of Colorado Studios and Mobile TV Group. In December 2001 and January 2002, HDNet aired exclusive HD coverage of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan with former CNN correspondent Peter Arnett. In February 2002, they originated eight hours of high definition video each day from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. This feed was picked up by NBC and aired in 24 hour rotation on NBC's digital television stations. The channel has since grown to be available on a number of platforms, including the DirecTV and Dish Network satellite services and the cable systems of Charter Communications, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Suddenlink Communications, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse.
On September 4, 2008, Cuban announced that Comcast officially made an agreement to carry both HDNet and HDNet Movies to their subscribers in various markets, and began rolling out HDNet in many major markets as of September 30, 2010. In November 2009, DirecTV became the first to introduce Video-on-demand services for HDNet and HDNet Movies.
In fall 2006, Rogers Cable, Bell TV and Cogeco in Canada added HDNet to their lineups; Shaw Cable followed in April 2007. Presently, as is the case with many U.S.-based channels, HDNet does not own the Canadian rights to some of their sporting events or off-network repeats aired in the U.S. These were blacked out and replaced with additional repeats of HDNet's original programming. While referred to on the channel's website as "HDNet Canada", this was not a separate Canadian channel, but an alternate U.S.-based feed.
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Time Warner Cable announced on May 18, 2009 that it would drop HDNet and HDNet Movies across all cable systems effective May 31. Brighthouse Networks, an affiliate of Time Warner Cable, told its customers that Time Warner Cable canceled negotiations with HDNet and HDNet movies. According to claims made by Brighthouse representatives "HDNet wants to charge Time Warner Cable more for their programming content but Time Warner Cable does not want to pay more in order to save raising the cost of cable services to its (Brighthouse) customers". Subsequently other HD channels by lower cost providers, such as MavTV, The Outdoor Channel and The Sportsman Channel have taken the place of the HDNet networks.
HDNet and HDNet Movies saw more of a fallout in carriage in 2009. Providers who did not renewed deals to carry HDNet and HDNet movies included RCN, Mediacom and MetroCast Cablevision. In February 2011, Cox dropped both channels.
Major television providers in Canada also began to drop HDNet in 2010, including Bell TV (in October 2010), Rogers Cable (on November 1, 2011), Cogeco (on January 31, 2011), and Shaw Cable & Shaw Direct in the spring of 2012. Currently, EastLink, SaskTel & Source Cable are the only providers who still carry AXS TV in Canada.
Purchase and conversion to AXS TV
On January 18, 2012, HDNet announced a joint venture with TV/radio personality/producer Ryan Seacrest, entertainment company/promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group, and talent agency Creative Artists Agency, a deal that would see AEG, CAA, and Ryan Seacrest Media purchase a share of the network (with Cuban also retaining ownership); as a result, the network rebranded on July 2, 2012 as AXS TV, a name taken from AEG's ticket sales site AXS. With the purchase and rebranding, the channel gradually shifted emphasis to a mix of entertainment news, lifestyle, pop culture, and in-concert performance events.
Alongside the re-branding, Dish Network also announced that it would expand the channel's distribution to non-HD customers through a down-converted standard definition feed. The channel was moved to channel 131 in Spring 2012, allowing it to be available to at least 14 million Dish Network subscribers upon its re-launch as AXS TV. Through its relationship with AEG, AXS TV also plans to offer special promotions on concerts to Dish Network users who have subscribed to the channel.
As HDNet, the network aired a variety of programming, all of which produced in high definition. Much of its programming was male-oriented, prominently featuring series-based programs, sports, and concert performances.
Original programming on HDNet included news programs such as the HDNet World Report and Dan Rather Reports (a weekly newsmagazine hosted by former CBS Evening News host Dan Rather), coverage of Space Shuttle launches, Ultimate Trailer Show, Bikini Destinations (2003–2011, 4 seasons), Get Out!, a travel show featuring various models visiting hot spots around the world. In early 2010, it began broadcasting Girls Gone Wild Presents: Search for the Hottest Girl in America. In October 2011, HDNet picked up Goodnight Burbank, the world's first scripted half-hour comedy originally created for the web starring Hayden Black, Laura Silverman & Dominic Monaghan. Its programming also included off-network reruns of series such as Smallville, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, JAG, Star Trek: Enterprise and Arrested Development.
HDNet also aired sporting events, including coverage of the National Hockey League (2001-2008) and Major League Soccer; select motor sports events, including highlights from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and races from regional circuits; mixed martial arts, through Cuban's HDNet Fights promotion; the weekly series Inside MMA, which featured highlights and coverage from various MMA promotions; and Indiana University's Little 500 Bicycle Race. From 2009 to 2010, HDNet also aired weekly programming from professional wrestling promotion Ring of Honor. Also in 2009 and 2010, HDNet was a television partner in the United Football League, with the network airing UFL games mainly on Saturday nights; the network dropped UFL coverage prior to the 2011 season.
As AXS TV
As of its July 2012 re-launch, AXS TV still airs several programs carried over from HDNet; however, the channel will gradually shift its focus towards "music, pop culture and lifestyle oriented" programming; such as concerts, entertainment, and red carpet events. Some HDNet programming will remain on AXS TV, including Dan Rather Reports, MMA events (under the AXS TV Fights banner), movies, and off-network series such as Gene Simmons Family Jewels, JAG; however, the more particularly male-oriented programming may be phased out.
AXSLive was a daily entertainment show that originated from L.A. Live and aired Monday through Thursday. The show, which premiered on July 14, 2012, gained prominence and hit a stride when comedian Ryan Stout stepped in to host from Aug. 12, 2013 to Oct. 30, 2013.
On October 3, 2013, AXS TV launched a new talk show featuring new media pioneer Tom Green interviewing a guest each week. His first show was televised on October 3, 2013 with Richard Belzer as his guest.
On December 4, 2013, AXS TV announced a third season of the one-hour live concert series "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands" hosted by Katie Daryl. The new season will be broadcast live from the Whiskey A Go Go club on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood and will feature bands paying tribute to a variety of acts including Prince, Garth Brooks, and the Beastie Boys as well as many classic rock favorites such as KISS and Aerosmith. The show was previously broadcast live from the Roxy Theatre and featured mostly classic rock tribute bands.
Current AXS TV Program Descriptions
AXS TV’S ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING –AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming by presenting unfiltered access to today’s top comedians, newsmakers, musical entertainers and their performances. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing the best in music programming, including live festival coverage and concerts from today's top musical artists, as well as comedy performances, mixed martial arts promotions and current events.
AXS TV CONCERTS –“AXS TV Concerts,” indicative of the network’s dedication to music programming, crosses genres and international waters to deliver everything from stadium tours to club acts to some of the most anticipated festivals on the calendar, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Stagecoach Festival.
SERIOUSLY. FUNNY. THURSDAYS. –AXS TV’s “Seriously. Funny. Thursdays.” is the only live two-hour comedy programming block on television. Airing live on both coasts simultaneously every Thursday starting at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT), the programming block features AXS TV originals “Tom Green Live” and “Gotham Comedy Live.”
TOM GREEN LIVE –“Tom Green Live” joins host and comedian Tom Green as he converses with some of today’s most influential celebrities for one hour every week. Green brings his one-of-a-kind wit, spontaneity and humor every Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT), interviewing celebrities such as Dan Rather, Cheech & Chong and Norm Macdonald. GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE –“Gotham Comedy Live” gives viewers a front-row seat at the legendary Gotham Comedy Club in the heart of Manhattan for the only live, unedited, uncensored stand-up comedy available on television. The series airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) and features the biggest names working the circuit, such as stand-up comedian and consulting producer Jim Breuer, along with up-and-comers sure to be the next big thing.
INSIDE MMA –“Inside MMA” is mixed martial arts’ longest running and only independent weekly television show. Live every Friday at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT), award-winning sports reporter Kenny Rice and four-time world champion Bas Rutten interview MMA’s top names and break down highlights from the biggest fights while field reporter Ron Kruck provides on-site coverage from major events and in-depth reporting on the most interesting stories in the sport.
AXS TV FIGHTS –“AXS TV Fights” presents more live mixed martial arts and Muay Thai events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage on Friday nights at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).
THE BIG INTERVIEW –Hosted by legendary newsman Dan Rather, “The Big Interview” features some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names as they reflect on their careers in thought-provoking and in-depth interviews. The one-hour interview show airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with guests such as Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, acclaimed actor Edward Norton, Grammy-winning country singer Darius Rucker, and many more.
THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS –“The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” features musical acts performing tributes to iconic rock bands with live concerts that look and sound like the real thing. Host Katie Daryl hosts the one-hour concert series live from the Sunset Strip in Hollywood every Monday at 11 p.m. ET (8 p.m. PT) as bands pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Prince, Beastie Boys, and more.
Home of TV Festivals
AXS TV continues to be the premier destination for live music events.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell has renewed its partnership with AXS TV, Mark Cuban's cable-TV network, which will add a day of live broadcasts from the Fair Grounds on the festival's second weekend. Among the acts to be carried by AXS: Christina Aguilera, Santana, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, The String Cheese Incident, John Fogerty, John Hiatt and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.
AXS carried 30 hours of music over Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival's second weekend in 2013. The cablecasts were viewed by about 5 million households, according to an AXS news release. The network's schedule this year will cover May 1-4, adding Thursday.
Stagecoach Country Music Festival
AXS TV has acquired the rights to air the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival, the network announced on Feb. 6, 2014.
The network will team with StubHub to air over 12 hours of live coverage over three days, beginning April 25, from Indio, Calif., according to network officials. AXS in 2013 drew more than five million households to its 16 hours of live Stagecoach coverage, according to network officials.
- Gotham Comedy Live
- Tom Green Live!
- Sunday Night Concert Series
- GRAMMY Museum Series
- Headliner Club Series
- Red Rocks Series
- Guitar Center Session
- World's Greatest Tribute Bands
News and Documentaries
- Late Night Programming
- Art Mann Presents...
- Star Trek: Enterprise
- Rick Steves' Europe
- Prison Break
- Trailer Park Boys
AXS TV's companion channel is HDNet Movies, which airs uncut, commercial free movies from all genres and eras.
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