It held on as long as it could, but HDNet is following the path of INHD (which became Mojo before disappearing entirely) and Discovery HD Theater (now Velocity) by rebranding itself, and will see morph into AXS TV this summer. Of course, HDNet has always focused on «lifestyle programming» and from the looks of it the new channel (pronounced: access) will be very similar, at least for now. HDNet is bringing programming like HDNet Fights, Dan Rather Reports, its concerts and more to the joint venture, which will be combined with its partners AEG, CAA and Ryan Seacrest Media. If HDNet is currently on your programming lineup AXS TV will simply take its place when it launches, and Dish Network actually plans to increase the channel’s distribution by adding it to the America’s Top 120 package. If you’re distressed over the future of Art Mann Presents, check out the press release after the break or a Q&A on the site for more information about what’s happening to Mark Cuban’s baby.
HDNet joins up with AEG, CAA and Ryan Seacrest to become AXS TV this summer