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HRTV, NCTC Renew Master Affiliation Agreement

HRTV has reached the winner's circle on a carriage renewal pact with the National Cable Television Cooperative.

The network for horse sports said it has reached a long-term extension of its master affiliate agreement with NCTC, ahead of the parties' current contract that was set to expire at year-end.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

With the pact, HRTV’s mix of live thoroughbred racing, premiere horse competitions and equestrian lifestyle programming remains available for distribution to the more than the 800 co-op members affiliated with the NCTC.

HRTV said its base of "co-op" partners traverses a wide field, with a number of systems looking to add value to their digital sports tiers serving rural markets, where non-race fare, centering on English and Western competitions and the equestrian lifestyle, is of interest to many subscribers.

HRTV’s programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, the aforementioned English and Western events, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the broad world of horse sports.  

Stateside, HRTV counts some 19 million subscribers via carriage contracts with cable, satellite and telco distributors, and is available to some 40 million homes in this nation.