Partnerships With Premier Distributors Reinforce Commitment to International Growth of Sundance Channel & WE tv Across Platforms
New York, NY – 10 August 2011 AMC/Sundance Channel Global today announced additional carriage for Sundance Channel and WE tv with leading distributors in five countries across Europe and Asia for its international television networks and video-on-demand (VOD) services.
In Europe, Sundance Channel makes its debut in Greece on OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organization), the country’s largest telecommunications provider. The network is launching on OTE’s 24/7 IPTV platform as a linear channel and will be followed by a satellite and VOD offering.
The network is also launching in three Eastern European markets for the first time with carriage on UPC Direct, an affiliated company of UPC Broadband, one of Europe’s leading providers of cable television, broadband internet and voice services. Sundance Channel is launching as a linear channel in high definition in Hungary as well as in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
In Asia, Sundance Channel and WE tv are continuing to experience growth with two new launches in Taiwan. Both brands are launching as high definition channels in the country on DishHD, Taiwan’s premier pay TV platform and on Chunghwa, the country’s largest telecom company.
Established by Robert Redford, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of award-winning independent films, documentaries and original programs. WE tv is the ultimate women’s lifestyle network, which addresses life’s key stages with inspiring and informative entertainment. Both brands are available as standard and high definition linear television channels, VOD services and via mobile and online authenticated streaming.
“Our new carriage deals highlight the growing demand for our entertainment services from some of Europe and Asia’s largest and most advanced content distributors,” said Ed Palluth, Senior Vice President of Global Distribution, AMC/Sundance Channel Global. “We look forward to offering our award-winning content to our new distribution partners while giving them the flexibility to optimize our programming for their platform and local viewers.”
“We are committed to offering international audiences high quality, critically-acclaimed independent films and TV shows across multiple genres through the Sundance Channel and WE tv brands,” commented Harold Gronenthal, Senior Vice President & General Manager, AMC/Sundance Channel Global.?“With our services now available across Canada, Europe and Asia, we look forward to continuing our momentum globally to serve audiences as well as our distribution, production and marketing partners.”
About Sundance Channel Global
Dedicated to founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold, imaginative and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of high-quality independent films, documentaries and original programs. Sundance Channel Global is available throughout Europe and Asia. Owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc. Sundance Channel is a highly recognizable and magnetic brand that is available in HD and across multiple platforms.
About WE tv Asia
WE tv is the women’s network devoted to the wild ride of relationships in life’s defining moments. Available in countries throughout Asia, the network’s programming includes viewer favorites such as Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover as well as a robust line-up of wedding series, including the hit shows Bridezillas, Amazing Wedding Cakes and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Owned and operated by AMC Networks, Inc. WE tv is available in HD and across multiple platforms.
About AMC Networks Inc.
Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming feed origination and distribution company.