Tuff TV

Tuff TV is an American digital broadcast television network targeted at men owned by the Tuff TV, Inc. division of Seals Entertainment Corporation. Tuff TV launched on June 30, 2009, and ceased operations August 26, 2018.

Tuff TV
TypeDigital broadcast television network
BrandingTUFF TV
Country
Availability33% of US households [1]
SloganAre You Tuff Enuff?
Broadcast area
United States
OwnerTUFF TV, Inc.
(Seals Entertainment Corporation)
Key people
Lou Seals
John Bonner
Launch date
June 30, 2009; 12 years ago (2009-06-30)
DissolvedAugust 26, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-08-26)
Official website
http://tufftv.com

Tuff TV carries a mixture of sports (combat, motor and some team sport), lifestyle (outdoors, cooking), automotive, dramas, movies and talk show programming geared mainly at a young male audience. The network carried 3 hours of weekly E/I children's programming to comply with federal broadcasting regulations. Stations affiliating with Tuff received five minutes of local advertising per hour.[2]

HistoryEdit

Tuff TV was launched in 2009 as a joint venture between Luken Communications and TUFF TV Media Group LLC, owned by Tuff TV Founder Lou Seals. By July 2011, the network's main affiliates were Morris Family Broadcasting and NJR TV station groups.[2] In mid-July 2014, Tuff TV started crowdfunding equity on SparkMarket.com to raise Investment capital, but was limited to those living in the state of Georgia.[3]

Tuff agreed to carry some games from the first season of the Fall Experimental Football League in October and November 2014.[4] Tuff relocated their offices to the GPB Media Building in Atlanta on June 8, 2016.[5] On Friday, July 15, 2016, Tuff took over its distribution feed from Luken Communications earlier than planned.[6]

In 2017 Tuff TV lost a case in civil court for Fair Labor Standards brought by a former employee.[7]

Tuff TV, along with its parent company Seals Entertainment Company, ceased operations without announcement on August 26, 2018. The company eventually acknowledged the shutdown months later and indicated that they hoped to relaunch the channel by March 31, 2019; that date passed without a relaunch or any further news, and the site has only featured text indicating the network would be 'coming soon' with no set launch date.

Tuff TV relaunched in early 2021 with much of the same syndicated programming as before.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Top 25 Digital Broadcast Networks". TVNewsCheck.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b McAvoy, Kim (July 27, 2011). "Diginets Struggle For Place On TV's Frontier". TVNewsCheck.com. p. 4. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Malone, Michael (July 24, 2014). "Tuff TV Turns to Crowd-Funding". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "FXFL To Be Carried on ESPN3" (Press release). New York: FXFL. PR Newswire. October 1, 2014. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014 – via NBC Right Now.
  5. ^ "Tuff TV Announces New Corporate HQ, Studio". TV News Check. June 8, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Early Launch For Tuff TV's New Network Feed". TVNewsCheck. July 12, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/7290170/idb/garmon-v-tuff-tv-media-group-llc/

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