|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 (HDTV)|
|Headquarters||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Formerly called||HDNet (2001-2012)|
|Sister channel(s)||HDNet Movies|
|Available on many cable systems||Check local listings|
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.
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. Several years ago, all Canadian carriers ceased to broadcast AXS TV.
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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 renew 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,; 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 April 28, 2013 it was announced that AXS TV will carry The Huffington Post's HuffPost Live programming for six hours a day starting on May 13, but As of March 2014[update], this has still not happened.
On October 3, 2013, AXS TV launched a new talk show called Tom Green Live featuring Tom Green interviewing a guest each week. His first show was televised on October 3, 2013 with Richard Belzer as his guest. Tom Green Live was then renewed for a second season which premiered on January 9, 2014 and on April 3, 2013 announced a third season premiering June 12, 2014.
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 was broadcast live from the Whiskey A Go Go club on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood and featured 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. On April 21, 2014, AXS TV renewed the live concert series for a fourth season premiering in fall. .
In April and May 2014, AXS TV broadcast select concert footage, for the first time ever on TV, from weekend two of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, April 18, 2014 to April 20, 2014 and, for the second consecutive year, from the Stagecoach Festival, April 25, 2014 to April 27, 2014 and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, May 1, 2014 to May 4, 2014.
On April 16, 2014, AXS TV announced a new documentary series from newsman Dan Rather called Dan Rather Presents, which would focus on challenging issues, premiering May 6, 2014. The first episode, titled One Way Ticket to Nowhere: America's Mental Health Crisis, details how the country is dealing with the mentally ill.
List of AXS TV programs
- AXS TV Concerts
- The World's Greatest Tribute Bands hosted by Katie Daryl
- Your Country
- SKEE LIVE hosted by DJ Skee
- Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
- Stagecoach Festival
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
- Gotham Comedy Live
- Tom Green Live
News and Documentaries
- Dan Rather Reports
- The Big Interview with Dan Rather
- Dan Rather Presents
- Late Night Programming
- Gene Simmons Family Jewels
- Guitar Center Sessions
- Stephen Fry in America
- Video Killed the Radio Star (TV Series)
AXS TV's companion channel is HDNet Movies, a premium movie channel which airs uncut, commercial free movies, always in high-definition. The channel features a lineup of movies from iconic classics and award winners to memorable gems spanning the 1950s to 2000s.
HDNet Movies also prominently features two programming blocks, kidScene, a daily block from 6:00amET-4:30pmET (and Friday nights at 6:30pmET) dedicated to both younger movie lovers and the young at heart. Sundays on HDNet Movies are In Retro, showcasing memorable classic movies from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Every month the channel also airs American films selected by the Library of Congress and the National Film Registry for historical and cultural preservation.
HDNet Movies is currently offered on the following major cable providers, Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T U-verse, CenturyLink, Charter, as well as, Armstrong, Atlantic Broadband, Blue Ridge Cable, Cincinnati Bell, Comporium, Frontier Communications, GCI, Grande Communications, Insight, Knology, Massillon Cable TV, NewWave Communications, San Juan Cable, Service Electric Cable TV, Service Electric Cablevision, Service Electric Broadband Cable, Suddenlink, SureWest, Wave Broadband, and WEHCO Video. HDNet Movies is not currently available on Comcast, Cox, or Time Warner Cable but plans to be added to those provider's channel lineups.
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