Q Television Network Marches into the New Year by Concluding Distribution Agreement in Lincoln; GLBT Network Closes First Distribution Deal in Middle America
Lincoln area cable subscribers will be able to sign on for QTN's live, original, gay and lesbian programming as a 24/7 premium network, carried on channel 392 effective immediately, for a monthly fee of $7.95. Subscribers will also need a digital cable box to receive the channel. The launch marks QTN's sixth Time Warner carriage deal and signals the network's first move into both middle America and the surrounding rural communities.
In announcing the carriage agreement, Time Warner Cable Nebraska Division President Beth Scarborough said: "Time Warner Cable is committed to serving the needs and interests of our customers, and Q Television is an ideal partner for reaching out to and including the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of our community through innovative and original programming that speaks to their lifestyle and concerns. We're proud to offer Q Television Network programming and believe it will be another quality programming choice for the broad range of people and perspectives we serve in Lincoln."
Added Carol Hinnant, QTN's Vice President, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, "Time Warner Cable is truly steadfast in its objective of connecting with all segments of its customer base, and we look forward to working with them to serve the entertainment and informational needs of the GLBT community in Lincoln. It is our continued goal to reach out and entertain GLBT communities where they have been underserved in the past. Lincoln, as one of the fastest growing non-Sun Belt cities in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwestern region, is a welcome extension of Q's reach."
Q Television previously announced carriage agreements with Time Warner Cable systems in Houston, New York and New Jersey, with previous launches on Time Warner's Rochester, Syracuse and Maine divisions -- all within the last four months. The addition of Lincoln will extend QTN's reach by approximately 3 million digital cable households.
In addition to movies, documentaries and original series, Q Television currently offers its customers five hours of live programming daily, including such hit shows as "Brunch," "QueerEdge with Jack E. Jett," "The Reichen Show," "On Q Live," "Q on the Move," "QTN World News," "Xcess/Access," "On Topic" and "Flesh and Threads."
About Q Television:
This 24/7 premium television network is organized to create, develop and feature television programming for the gay and lesbian community, including live & interactive content every weeknight, plus sports, information and entertainment. While the company expects much of its subscriber base to be comprised of members of the gay and lesbian population, management also believes that quality programming about the gay and lesbian experience, designed to entertain, educate and inform, will attract many other segments of the viewing public. The company's programming is available on a subscription basis to those desiring to subscribe. The network is telecast 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Providing distribution via satellite ensures availability of the network across the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Q Television Network is the official network of Gay Games(R) VII. The network is also ad-supported. For further information on programming and subscriptions, please visit www.qtelevision.com.
About Time Warner Cable:
Time Warner Cable's Nebraska Division operates cable systems in 17 Eastern Nebraska towns, offering the most advanced system of home entertainment and information available. Time Warner Cable provides digital cable, a choice of broadband Internet service providers, and residential phone service. Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems serving subscribers in 27 states, which include some of the most technologically advanced, best-clustered cable systems in the country with more than 75% of the Company's customers in systems of 300,000 subscribers or more. Utilizing a fully upgraded advanced cable network and a steadfast commitment to providing consumers with choice, value and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable is an industry leader in delivering advanced products and services such as video on demand, high definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data, wireless home networking and Digital Phone. Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX).
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