Revealed just two weeks after a similar agreement with Tribune Broadcasting was announced, THE TUBE Music Network has quickly established itself as a major force in the burgeoning digital broadcast era.
"Sinclair Broadcast Group's broad reach enables us to penetrate pivotal markets, lending significant depth to our audience. Already comprised of viewers on 13 prestigious stations in Raycom Media markets, and soon 9 of the top 10 Designated Market Areas through Tribune stations, THE TUBE Music Network will be available in virtually every major U.S. city," said Garland.
"We have officially realized one of the very first applications of the new digital technology, and more importantly, are using it to deliver truly innovative content to consumers starved for intelligent programming," said Garland, co-founder of MTV, VH-1 and The Box.
"THE TUBE is another example of how broadcasters are utilizing their digital channel capacity to launch competitive programs to monetize their digital investment," commented David Smith, Sinclair President and CEO. "In the case of THE TUBE, they also provide a unique twist to the already successful television music formats through the interaction of television and the Internet."
THE TUBE is the first music network to be distributed using a new broadcast technology known as digital multicasting. Viewers in Sinclair, Tribune, Raycom and other television markets will be able to receive the network free, over-the-air on television sets equipped with digital tuners and on the digital cable tier where available.
THE TUBE Music Network is a pure, music network that features a bold fusion of the best artists, the best songs and the best images of all time. The playlist reflects the music of some of the biggest touring acts in America today, including The Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, The Eagles, Elton John, Prince and Rod Stewart; mixed with classic artists such as Led Zeppelin and Tom Petty; and newer artists such as Norah Jones, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, James Blunt, Alicia Keys, KT Tunstall and John Mayer. There are no reality shows, award shows or game shows on THE TUBE and the viewer response to this new format has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
Further differentiating THE TUBE Music Network will be the ability for viewers to purchase the music they see and hear on THE TUBE immediately, whether online or on the phone.
Sinclair stations will begin broadcasting THE TUBE Music Network programming in local markets this summer.
THE TUBE Music Network is a wholly owned subsidiary of THE TUBE MEDIA CORPORATION (OTC:TUBM).
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Sinclair's television group is affiliated with all major networks and reaches approximately 22% of all U.S. television households.
Media who wish to view the "look" of The Tube Music Network can access a sampling at http://www.thetubetv.com/reel.html
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