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Sportsman Channel Renews NCTC Pact

Sportsman Chanel has inked a carriage renewal with the National Cable Television Cooperative, which results in its members having access to an expanded suite of services.

Under the pact, NCTC members will be able to opt into a master agreement under which Sportsman Channel is available in the high-definition format. In addition, the small cable operators can gain access to the network's content via on-demand, as well through its TV Everywhere platform.

Sportsman Channel has had a carriage agreement with NCTC since 2005; the financial terms of the new deal were not dislcosed.

“The relationship with NCTC is a key one for Sportsman Channel and we are excited to be able to continue our work together,” saidNory LeBrun, head of affiliate sales for Sportsman Channel. “We value our relationship and look forward to future prosperity together in bringing viewers premier outdoor lifestyle programming.”

The network, which said it has added nearly five million new homes of late to lift its subscriber count to 36 million, continiues to present an array of original programming under its “Red, Wild & Blue” programming strategy, including: Amazing America with Sarah Palin, Iditarod: Unleashed, Saving Private K-9, America Unplugged, Camp Stew, and Heli-Hunter. Additionally, Sportsman Channel presents hunting, shooting and fishing fare like MeatEater, Meet the McMillans,Guns & Ammo, The Outfitters Built by Ford Series and Major League Bowhunter.