The Switch, HTN sports join forces

US-based HD distribution service specialist The Switch has acquired ‘substantially all’ of the assets and operations of HTN Communications. With the resulting member, The Switch and its HTN Sports Group division are set to be a driving force in the provision of sports television distribution services.

Established in 1956, HTN (formerly Hughes Television Network) is the longest-tenured provider of sports television and radio distribution services in North America, providing HD transmission access from every MLB, NBA and NHL sports venue in the US, as well as numerous entertainment events, concerts and news media outlets.

HTN chairman of the board and CEO, Joseph Cohen, will continue in his capacity as president of The Switch’s new subsidiary, The Switch HTN Sports Group. In addition, HTN’s management team will remain entact.

In 2012, The Switch completed phase two of its network expansion, adding six additional US cities for a total of 33 locations. The Switch plans to expand to 50 key media markets across the United States and internationally. The deal will consolidate HTN’s network diversity of more than 70 sports venues with The Switch’s uncompressed HD network, local fiber circuits and switching services.

Scott Beers, president and CEO of The Switch’s owner and operator, BEI (Beers Enterprises, Inc), comments: “HTN has achieved a tradition of excellence in packaging sports television and radio services for more than 57 years. We view this transaction as both a strategic partnership and a natural progression for The Switch, as we continue to expand into the North American and international sports market.”

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