The Country Network

The Country Network is an American digital broadcast television network that specializes in broadcasting country music videos and original music-based content; its playlist of videos extends from the 1980s through the present day. The network also airs occasional infomercials and traditional advertising.

The network is headquartered in Haltom City, Texas with offices in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. (Address is: The Country Network, 6125 Airport Fwy Suite 100, Haltom City, TX 76117.)

The Country Network
TypeBroadcast television network
Country
AvailabilityNationwide on Roku (available on OTA digital television and LPTV in two markets)
(covering 25% of the U.S.)[1]
OwnerTCN Country, LLC
Key people
Tim Eaton, President-CEO, Gary Pfleiger, CFO
Launch date
January 7, 2009
Former names
Artists & Fans Network (2009)
American Music Video Network (2009–2010)
The Country Network (2010–2013), (2016–present)
ZUUS Country (2013–2016)
Official website
tcncountry.com

History

The network first launched on January 7, 2009 as the Artists & Fans Network; the music video that inaugurated the network was the Kid Rock video "All Summer Long". AFN was first carried on satellite through DirecTV on channel 236.

In August 2009, after suffering from financial problems, Southern Venture Capital Group sold all the assets of the company to one of the founders, Warren Hansen, who then changed its name to the American Music Video Network, and rolled out the programming with a new look and feel. On February 15, 2010, the company was renamed The Country Network to represent its focus on country music. Around this time, The Country Network began to transition into a digital multicast network, carried over-the-air on broadcast television stations across the United States as well as the first broadcast network to simulcast to Roku, iPhone, iPad, web, and other OTT outlets.

On May 20, 2013, Zuus Media announced its acquisition of The Country Network. On June 1, 2013, Zuus Media announced the rebranding as Zuus Country. Zuus Country was to be the first of several music video networks of various formats. Only one of these other formats, Zuus Latino, ever made it to air.[2]

In January 2016, the network was purchased by a Texas-based company, TCNCountry LLC, with a 43,000-square-foot studio, production and broadcast facility. TCN Country change the brand back to The Country Network, reviving its original name & logo for the revival of the network.[3][4]

Affiliates

As of 2013, Zuus Country has television stations in over 41 television markets in 26 states, covering approximately 34 million over the air households an 18 million cable subscribers. ZUUS Country (at the time, still named The Country Network) signed a deal with Sinclair Broadcast Group in August 2010 to be carried on digital subchannels of Sinclair stations in most of its media markets;[5] the network began airing on Sinclair owned and/or operated stations on October 10, 2010. After Sinclair's original drop of several affiliates in late 2015, the network was down to 24 markets (The contract with Sinclair was expired in June 2017). When TCN Country LLC purchased the network, they immediately started growing the distribution and as of January 30, 2017 the network was up to 54 markets along with the launch of a Roku channel and a slot on smart TVs manufactured by Hitachi and Panasonic.

Current affiliates

City Station Channel
TV[6] / RF
Owner

California

Bakersfield KCBT-LD 34.5 (34) Cocola Broadcasting
Fresno KMSG-LD 39.5 (39) Cocola Broadcasting
Los Angeles KFLA-LD 8.1 (8) Luken Communications
Monterey KYMB-LD 27.6 (27) Cocola Broadcasting
Sacramento KSAO-LD 49.7 (49) Cocola Broadcasting
San Francisco KCNZ-CD 28.15 (3) CNZ Communications

Florida

Orlando WRCF-CD 29.4 (35) Univision Communications

Georgia

Atlanta WDWW-LD 28.1 (28) DTV America

Idaho

Boise KZAK-LD 49.3 (35) Cocola Broadcasting

Iowa

Des Moines KCYM-LD 45.2 (45) DTV America

Kansas

Topeka KSQA 12.1 (12) Barbara Wade (51%)
Cooper-Fowler Media (49%)
Sublette, Kansas KDGL-LD 23.4 (23) High Plains Broadcasting, LLC.

Missouri

Joplin KPJO-LP 49.5 (49) DTV America
Kansas City KAJF-LD 21.1 (16) DTV America

New York

New York City WDVB-CD 23.1 (23) LocusPoint Networks, LLC

North Carolina

Charlotte WVEB-LD 40.2 (14) DTV America

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City KTOU-LD 21.5 (21) HC2 Holdings
Tulsa KZLL-LD 39.1 (39) DTV America Corporation

Puerto Rico

Ceiba W18DZ-D 18.2 (18) TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.

Tennessee

Nashville WJDE-LD 31.2 (31) Word Broadcasting Network

Texas

Amarillo KAUO-LD 15.1 (14) DTV America
Tyler KDKJ-LD 27.4 (27) DTV America
Waco KZCZ-LD 34.1 (34) DTV America

Wisconsin

Milwaukee WTSJ-LP 38.7 (38) DTV America

Former affiliates

City Station Channel
TV / RF
Notes
Albany, New York WXXA 23.2 (7) Replaced with off-track betting
Albuquerque, New Mexico KRQE 13.2 (16) Replaced with GetTV.
Augusta, Georgia WRDW-TV 12.3 / (12) Replaced by Antenna TV.
Baton Rouge WLFT-CA 30.3 Was replaced by TV Scout, then replaced by GetTV.
Baltimore, Maryland WBFF 45.3 Was replaced by This TV, which was displaced from 45.2 by WeatherNation TV.
Belmont-Charlotte WJZY 46.4 / (47) Contract was terminated with purchase by Fox Television Stations and station's conversion to Fox; subchannel removed July 1, 2013.
Bessemer (Birmingham) WDBB 17.2 (18) Replaced with full-power simulcast of WBMA-LD for central part of Birmingham market after Sinclair's acquisition of that station's ABC affiliation.
Bloomington (Peoria) WYZZ-TV 43.3 (28) Replaced by GetTV
Buffalo, New York WUTV 29.2 (14) Replaced with TBD
Canton/Cleveland WEKA-LD 41.6 (27) Replaced by Jewelry Television
Cambridge (Boston) WLVI 56.2 (41) Replaced by BUZZR
Cedar Rapids KFXA 28.3 (27) Replaced with TBD
Champaign-Springfield WICS 20.2 (42) Replaced with Comet TV
Charleston WGWG 4.3 (34) Subchannel is now permanently blank.
Charleston, West Virginia WVAH-TV 11.2 (19) Replaced with American Sports Network
Detroit WUDL-LD 19.1 (19) Replaced by Quest
Flint WSMH 66.3 Replaced with Comet TV
Fresno KGPE 47.2 Replaced with duplicate SD signal of 47.1; affiliation moved to KMSG-LD.
Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point WXLV-TV 45.2 (29) Replaced by American Sports Network
Homewood (Birmingham) WTTO 21.2 (28) Replaced by GetTV
Hutchinson (Wichita) KMTW 36.2 (35) Replaced by GetTV, which was moved from the station's third subchannel.
Indianapolis WUDZ-LD 28.2 (28) Replaced by Heroes & Icons
Jacksonville WTLV 12.2 (13) Replaced by Soul of the South Network, then Antenna TV
Las Vegas, Nevada KVCW 33.3 (29) Was replaced by This TV, which was displaced from 33.2 by MyNetworkTV.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WCGV-TV 24.2 (25) Replaced with Comet TV
Mobile-Pensacola, Florida WEAR-TV 3.2 (17) Replaced with TBD
Nashville WNAB 58.2 (23) Replaced by American Sports Network; affiliation later moved to WKUW-LD.
Nashville, Tennessee|Nashville WKUW-LD 40.4 (40) Replaced by Quest
Ogden-Salt Lake City KUCW 30.3 (48) Replaced by BUZZR
Paragould, AR/Memphis, TN KPMF-LD 26.4 (26) Replaced by BUZZR
Phoenix K38IZ-D 38.4 (38) Replaced with Evine
Paducah, Kentucky WDKA 49.3 (49) Replaced with TBD
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WPGH-TV 53.2 (43) Replaced by GetTV
Raleigh, North Carolina WLFL 22.2 (27) Replaced by American Sports Network
San Antonio, Texas KABB 29.2 (30) Replaced with Comet TV
St. Louis, Missouri KDNL-TV 30.3 (31) Removed for GetTV on 30.2.
Syracuse, New York WSYT 68.2 (19) Replaced with Cozi TV
Troy-Montgomery WIYC 48.1 (48) Replaced with WeatherNation TV, then Cozi TV.
Wichita KCTU-LD 43.6 (43) Now broadcasting localized classic TV programming.

References

  1. ^ "The Top 25 Digital Broadcast Networks". TVNewsCheck.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ ZUUS Media Announces The Launch Of Its Next Generation Music Video Network, PR Newswire, May 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Country Network Returns On-Air, Online". TVNewsCheck.com. May 2, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  4. ^ [ The Country Network returns onair & online]
  5. ^ "Sinclair links with The Country Network to fill digital TV tier". Television Business Report. August 23, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
  6. ^ Rabbitears.info results on ZUUS Country

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