The Country Network

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The Country Network
Type Broadcast television network
Country United States
Availability Nationwide (available on OTA digital television and LPTV in two markets)
(covering 25% of the U.S.)[1]
Owner TCN, LLC
Launch date
January 7, 2009
Former names
Artists & Fans Network (2009)
American Music Video Network (2009–2010)
The Country Network (2010-2013)
ZUUS Country (2013-2016)
Official website
tcncountry.net

The Country Network is an American digital broadcast television network that specializes in broadcasting country music videos; its playlist of videos extends from the 1980s through the present day. The network also airs occasional infomercials (mostly for country music compilation albums) in prime time and other high dollar day parts (as well as throughout late-night and overnight).

The network is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

History

File:Zuus Country Network Logo.png
Former logo as ZUUS Country, used from June 1, 2013 to January 29, 2016.

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.[2]

Zuus Country lost many of its Sinclair affiliates on October 31, 2015, the day that Sinclair's joint venture network with MGM Television, the sci-fi-centric Comet, launched.

In January 2016, the network announced that it would break away from Zuus Media & under new ownership on January 29, 2016, Zuus Country was rebranded & shifted back to The Country Network, reviving its original name & logo for the revival of the network.[3]

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;[4] the network began airing on Sinclair owned and/or operated stations on October 10, 2010.

Current affiliates

City Station Channel
TV[5] / RF
Owner

Alabama

Mobile-Pensacola, Florida WEAR-TV 3.2 (17) Sinclair Broadcast Group

Arizona

Phoenix K38IZ-D 38.4 (38) Adrian Quinones

California

Fresno KMSG-LD 39.5 (39) Cocola Broadcasting
Los Angeles KHIZ-LD 39.1 (2) DTV America
Monterey, California KYMB-LD 27.6 (27) Cocola Broadcasting
Sacramento, California KAHC-LD 45.5 (45) Cocola Broadcasting
San Francisco, California KFTL 28.15 (3) LocusPoint Networks, LLC.

Florida

Orlando WRCF-CD 29.4 (35) LocusPoint Networks


Idaho

Boise KZAK-LD 49.3 (49) Cocola Broadcasting

Iowa

Cedar Rapids KFXA 28.3 (27) Second Generation of Iowa, LLC
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Kansas

Topeka KSQA 12.1 (12) Barbara Wade (51%)
Cooper-Fowler Media (49%)
Wichita KFVT-LP 40.3 (40) DTV America

Kentucky

Paducah WDKA 49.3 (49) WDKA Acquisition Corporation
(operated through LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Michigan

Detroit WUDL-LD 19.1 (19) King Forward, Inc.

New York

Buffalo WUTV 29.2 (14) Sinclair Broadcast Group
New York City WDVB-CD 23.1 (23) LocusPoint Networks, LLC
Syracuse WSYT 68.2 (19) Bristlecone Broadcasting

Ohio

Canton/Cleveland WEKA-LD 41.6 (27) DTV America

Oklahoma

Enid/Oklahoma City KBZC-LD 42.4 (42) DTV America

Puerto Rico

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

South Carolina

Charleston WGWG 4.3 (34) Howard Stirk Holdings
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Tennessee

Nashville WKUW-LD 40.5 (40) DTV America
Paragould, AR/Memphis, TN KPMF-LD 26.4 (26) DTV America

Texas

Houston KBPX-LD 46.1 (46) Ion Media Networks

Former affiliates

City Station Channel
TV / RF
Notes
Albany, NY WXXA 23.2 (7) Replaced with OffTrack Betting
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 Get-TV.
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 Get-TV
Cambridge (Boston) WLVI 56.2 (41) Replaced by BUZZR
Champaign-Springfield WICS 20.2 (42) Replaced with Comet TV
Charleston WGWG 4.1 (34) Replaced with Heroes & Icons
Charleston, West Virginia WVAH-TV 11.2 (19) Replaced with American Sports Network
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 Get-TV
Hutchinson (Wichita) KMTW 36.2 (35) Replaced by get TV, which was moved from the station's third subchannel.
Jacksonville WTLV 12.2 (13) Replaced by Soul of the South Network, then Antenna TV
Las Vegas 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
Nashville WNAB 58.2 (23) Replaced by American Sports Network; affiliation later moved to WKUW-LD.
Ogden-Salt Lake City KUCW 30.3 (48) Replaced by BUZZR
Pittsburgh WPGH-TV 53.2 (43) Replaced by Get-TV
Raleigh WLFL 22.2 (27) Replaced by American Sports Network
Sacramento KSAO-LD 49.7 (49) Replaced by The Family Channel
San Antonio, Texas KABB 29.2 (30) Replaced with Comet TV
St. Louis KDNL-TV 30.3 (31) Removed for Get TV on 30.2.
Troy-Montgomery WIYC 48.1 (48) Replaced with WeatherNation TV, then Cozi TV.

References

  1. "The Top 25 Digital Broadcast Networks". TVNewsCheck.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. ZUUS Media Announces The Launch Of Its Next Generation Music Video Network, PR Newswire, May 20, 2013.
  3. The Country Network returns onair & online
  4. "Sinclair links with The Country Network to fill digital TV tier". Television Business Report. August 23, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Rabbitears.info results on ZUUS Country

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