Cable Show 2011: Ovation Adds Adds 2.2M Subs In Early 2011

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Chicago - At this year's Cable Show, multiplatform arts/culture network Ovation is marking distribution growth. The indie network has added 2.2 million subscribers since January, with recent launches in new markets with Comcast, GCI and Shentel Communications, as well as renewing its distribution agreement with Verizon FiOS. That's according to Ovation senior vice president of distribution Ellen Schned.
Comcast has launched Ovation on its systems in Cherry Hill, N.J.; Savannah, Ga.; Charleston, S.C.; and Orlando, Fla. Comcast in Nashville will launch Ovation on June 30. Rollouts continue on Comcast in Atlanta, Florida, Boston and New England.
Ovation HD launched on GCI in Alaska on June 6 and will launch on Comcast systems in the city of Chicago on June 22.
Shentel recently launched Ovation in Farmville and Keysville, Va., and plans to add Ovation to all its remaining systems as upgrades are completed.
Add to that a long-term distribution renewal agreement with telco provider Verizon FiOS.
In July, Ovation is premiering the programming event "American Revolutionaries: The Hitmakers," a three-week stunt featuring some of pop music's most-influential artists. Off-network episodes of seasons 6 to 8 of So You Think You Can Dance premiere Aug. 5.