Sarasota, Fla.


Sarasota, Fla.-Southern Entertainment Television, which plans to launch three music-video networks this summer, has signed a carriage agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative, officials said last week.

SET, part of MBS Media Group Inc., has purchased a number of music-video libraries as a source of programming for its proposed digital services: Bluegrass Music Channel, Traditional Gospel Channel and Southern Gospel Music, according to MBS executive vice president Larry Michel.

SET's networks, which will be carried on TelStar 7, are aiming for a July 1 launch.

SET also has an affiliation agreement with AT & T Broadband, according to Michel, but not with that MSO's Headend in the Sky.

In a prepared statement, NCTC senior vice president of programming Frank Hughes said, "We feel confident that the SET networks will offer a unique type of programming to our members' customers that has been lacking previously."