Great American Country has gained more than 2 million
subscribers since the start of the year, with recent rollouts in Chattanooga and
Knoxville, Tenn., as well as Atlanta and Salt Lake City, according to network officials.
GAC, part of Jones International Networks, is now in more
than 9 million households, and it expects to be in 12 million by the end of the year,
according to president Jeff Wayne.
Nearly all of the network's 2 million new subscribers this
year are as the result of operators switching out Country Music Television, he added.
Most recently, Comcast Corp. launched GAC to 122,000 homes
in Chattanooga and 140,000 homes in Knoxville.
MediaOne Group Inc. had been offering CMT to 40,000 Atlanta
subscribers on a tier. Now, it is putting the network on expanded basic to 170,000
subscribers initially, increasing that to 500,000 over time, Wayne said.
The Salt Lake City launch, which is not a CMT switch-out,
involves 50,000 AT&T Broadband & Internet Services subscribers.
All four of those rollouts are on expanded basic.
In the first quarter of this year, GAC debuted on a number
of small, rural systems with a total of more than 1 million subscribers.