Ovation Launches on AT&T U-Verse TV
Distribution up 20 Percent as the 5-year old Network Passes the 50 Million Subscriber MarkSanta Monica, CA -- March 12, 2012 Ovation, the only network dedicated to art, artists and all forms of artistic storytelling, has grown nearly 20 percent over the past year, passing the 50 million mark this month, according to Nielsen data. Contributing to that growth is a recent launch on AT&T U-verse® TV. The announcement was made today by Brad Samuels, EVP, Content Distribution, Ovation.
“AT&T U-verse has been one of the fastest growing pay TV providers and has significant penetration in many of the major DMAs. We are very pleased to be joining their lineup," said Brad Samuels, EVP, Content Distribution, Ovation. “Ovation has had a great year, with the second highest growth rate among all Nielsen-measured networks*. We’re now in over 50 million homes -- remarkable growth for a five-year-old network.”
“We’re proud to bring Ovation and its support of the arts to the U-verse TV channel lineup,” said Dan York, President of Content, AT&T. “This agreement helps us with strategic content initiatives, and brings our customers more unique programming choices."
Ovation is the only multi-platform network celebrating all forms of artistic expression. Its programming tells the stories of artists, their work, and the powerful impact art has on each of us. Ovation programming is a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated documentaries, series, films and specials. The network reaches a national audience of 51 million homes and is available on cable systems across the country, as well as nationally on DIRECTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse. Ovation is also available in HD and VOD (both in standard and high definition). Ovation extends its linear channel experience for viewers online via its popular website, www.ovationtv.com. In addition to offering contests, trivia, facts and supplemental video online, the network has created an award-winning online community (www.ovationtv.com/community) for everyone from passionate artists to the curious. To date, over 190,000 pieces of original art have been uploaded to the site by members.
About AT&T U-verse
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Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse. Call or go to www.att.com/uverse to see if you qualify.
For more information, contact:
Patricia Frith Marketing (for Ovation)
Tel: 818 876-0480, Cell: 310 490-2368
ªNotes: Ovation March 2011 UE: 42,611, March 2012: 50,949, +19.6%; MLB Network March 2011: 55,380 March 2012 – 67,729, +22.3%