HDNet becomes AXStv on July 2nd. First announced in January, the move will see Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency and AEG combine to re-brand the already successful network and add many more live concerts and behind the scenes access to live events.
There has been no announcement of any programming change pertaining to MMA. In relation to that, the new company has said that fan favorites HDNet Fights, Inside MMA and Dan Rather Reports, as well as select non scripted series will continue as part of the agreement.
Mark Cuban, HDNet Co-Founder and Chairman, commented:
“I’m incredibly excited to be in business with AEG, Ryan Seacrest, and CAA. This is a major step on our way to offering more live programming than any other entertainment and lifestyle network. And our partnership with DISH to offer unique subscriber services will allow AXS TV to change the value proposition between networks, distributors, and subscribers. AXS TV will unquestionably be able to leverage our unique assets to do things no other network will be able to replicate.”
Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten have already been taking advantage of the new arrangement as Inside MMA has transitioned to a new studio in Los Angeles at the AEG owned LA Live Complex.
If you already have HDNet there is no need to fear, you and 35 million others will still have the network available as all existing carriers are expected to keep AXS TV.
Our friends at Xtreme Fighting Championships will showcase their first official AXStv televised fight card on August 3rd as XFC 19 will broadcast live from the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C.