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Grand Ole Opry expands on TV

Country music stage deals with Great American

The Grand Ole Opry is coming to more cable subscribers in New York thanks to a carriage deal by Chuck Dolan’s Cablevision with Great American Country (GAC), the bluegrass-music network.

The Cablevision deal has funneled 2 million subscribers to GAC, swelling its overall total to 52.6 million. GAC said it’s now available to at least some cable subscribers in each of the top 140 markets throughout the U.S.

In programming, GAC has an exclusive deal to carry live performances of the Grand Ole Opry and has a contract with Garth Brooks for a number of exclusive programs, including his first televised concert in six years.

Based in Nashville, GAC is owned by the Scripps Co.

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