RFD TV The Theatre
RFD TV the Theatre
RFD-TV, or Rural Free Delivery TV, is a United States satellite and cable television channel devoted to rural issues, concerns, and interests. Production and uplinking occurs at Northstar Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, while the corporate and national sales office is in Omaha, Nebraska.
The station was launched in December 2000 and is currently distributed via the Dish Network and DirecTV satellite systems, as well as through the Mediacom, Charter Communications and NCTC cable systems. Additions to Time Warner Cable and Comcast cable systems are reportedly forthcoming.
The network has begun to extend its brand further, opening a theater in Branson, Missouri called RFD-TV The Theater (housed in the former venue of comedian Ray Stevens) in early 2007, and launched an HDTV version of the channel in the fall.
It is marketed as "Rural America's Most Important Network" and its programming is similar to the now-defunct TNN (The Nashville Network) which became Spike. A U.K. version called Rural TV launched on March 2nd, 2009.
When Don Imus' returned to radio in late 2007, he had also struck a deal to simulcast Imus in the Morning on RFD-TV. The program broadcast from 6am to 9am on weekdays, along with a primetime play of the program on RFD-HD (which features a different programming schedule from RFD-TV's SD slate). During much of the show's run, a news ticker was shown with the day's news, much like Imus' days on MSNBC. The program left RFD-TV on August 28, 2009, and moved to Fox Business Network several weeks later.