PlanetOut to Distribute QTN Fare

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PlanetOut Inc. will distribute original programming from Q Television Network under terms of a deal announced Tuesday.

PlanetOut Video is a broadband entertainment service targeting the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, and QTN is a full-time cable network aimed at the same audience.

PlanetOut Video launched in September on Gay.com (www.gay.com) and PlanetOut.com (www.planetout.com), which have a combined monthly reach of more than 5 million unique visitors.

QTN will supply highlights of its original programming, including: Brunch, On Q Live, Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett, The Reichen Show, Q on the Move, On Topic, Xcess/Access and QTN World News.

“PlanetOut has been a pioneering force in our community," QTN executive vice president Alexis Fish said in a prepared statement. “The success of their Internet presence has helped to pave the way for today's queer networks by showing us how positively the LGBT audience has responded to information and discussions of topics that affect our lives. We are delighted at the opportunity to distribute our exciting QTN programming on the PlanetOut network.”

In other QTN news, the network Tuesday announced an affiliate agreement with Selectv, which will become the exclusive satellite provider of QTN programming throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The Selectv deal will bring QTN to some 10 million households in those two countries, the network said.

“Our programming will fill a definite void in Australia, where the GLBT audience is just as vocal and involved as it is in the States,” QTN VP of affiliate sales and marketing Carol Hinnant said in a prepared statement.

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