NRTC adds Big Ten Network, NFL Network, more to HD offerings for rural telcos

Rural telcos looking to expand their content offerings are in luck; the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative says it's closed some new content deals that will allow it to offer its members access to 100 high-definition channels through the TelcoVideo programming offering.

The co-op has closed deals with eight new channels, including Big Ten Network HD, Fox Soccer Channel HD, FX HD, Speed HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, Fox Soccer Plus HD, MSNBC-HD, NFL Network HD and NFL RedZone HD.

"We want to give our telco members the programming choices they need, so it's important that we support advanced services, like HD, in the TelcoVideo contract portfolio offering," said NRTC Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Harvey. "The availability of 100 HD channels allows our members to build an HD channel lineup that's competitive in their local markets."

In recent weeks, NRTC has announced several enhancements to its TelcoVideo offering, including the addition of retransmission consent advisory services and additional sports programming.

NRTC's TelcoVideo offering gives telcos access to hundreds of video and audio channels, allowing telcos to customize programming packages to appeal to a wide range of customers--from residential subscribers to commercial accounts.

NRTC offers white-labeled tiers, including the HD, Hispanic and Variety tiers, as well as premium channel packages, including HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Encore, Showtime and The Movie Channel.

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