Great American Living

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Great American Living
Great American Living (2022).svg
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
HeadquartersFort Worth, Texas
Programming
Language(s)American English
Ownership
OwnerGreat American Media
Sister channelsGreat American Family
History
LaunchedOctober 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)
Former namesRide TV (2014–2021)
GAC Living (2021–2022)
Links
Websitewww.gacliving.tv

Great American Living (formerly Ride TV and GAC Living) is an American cable television network. Owned by Great American Media, it primarily broadcasts programming devoted to the lifestyles of the American South.

Established in 2014, the network was originally focused on equestrianism.

History[edit]

The channel originally launched as Ride TV, a high-definition channel focused on the non-racing aspects of equestrian sports, horses, and the associated lifestyle.[1] Ride TV was stated to be targeting both a rural, "Heartland" audience and a wider general audience, with an executive explaining that "horses are universal. Everyone recognizes the beauty and the power of this animal. We try to cater to anyone who gets that feeling when they see a horse running."[2]

On June 8, 2021, it was announced that both Ride TV and Discovery Inc.'s Great American Country would be acquired by GAC Media, an investment group led by Tom Hicks and former Crown Media Holdings CEO Bill Abbott.[3]

In August 2021, GAC Media announced that Great American Country and Ride TV would be relaunched as GAC Family and GAC Living on September 27, with the GAC initials re-backronymed to stand for "Great American Channels".[4] GAC Living will focus on non-scripted lifestyle programming pertaining to the American South (with GAC Family shifting to a family-oriented general entertainment format akin to Hallmark Channel), effectively assuming GAC Family's previous format.[5]

In July 2022, GAC Media announced that GAC Living would be renamed Great American Living on August 20, 2022, as part of their corporate rebranding as Great American Media.[6]

Programming[edit]

Its schedule was originally focused on horse sports such as equestrian, rodeo, and bull riding (such as the PBR Velocity Tour), purposefully excluding horse racing, whose niche was already filled by the TVG Networks. The channel has also produced original series, such as Cowgirls (a documentary-style series following women in rodeo) and This Old Horse (a documentary series chronicling notable horses, which was described as the network's equivalent to ESPN's 30 for 30 franchise).[2]

Carriage[edit]

In October 2021, Frndly TV reached a carriage agreement for GAC Family and GAC Living.[7]

In November 2021, GAC Media reached a deal with Philo to add GAC Living and GAC Family.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Great American Country and Ride TV purchased by new American investors group". Realscreen. Retrieved 2021-10-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b "Why Ride TV's Mission is About More Than Horsing Around". NCTA. Retrieved 2021-10-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Goldsmith, Jill (2021-06-07). "Discovery Sells Great American Country To Investor Group With Former Crown Media Chief Bill Abbott As CEO". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-06-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Media, G. A. C. "GAC Family Announces Original Series 'When Hope Calls' Season Two Set to Premiere December 18". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  5. ^ Lafayette, Jon (2021-08-26). "Former Hallmark Head Bill Abbott Renames Cable Networks To Create Family Friendly GAC Brands". Broadcasting Cable. Retrieved 2021-10-16.
  6. ^ Lafayette, Jon (2022-07-19). "Bill Abbott Renames GAC Family as Great American Family". Broadcasting Cable. Retrieved 2022-08-01.
  7. ^ Barnes, Jess (15 October 2021). "Frndly TV Will Add GAC Channels on October 19 | Cord Cutters News". Retrieved 2021-10-16.
  8. ^ "Philo is Adding GAC Living Network". Cord Cutters News. 2021-11-15. Retrieved 2021-11-23.

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