New York, NY, 21 October 2013 – AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX), has announced today a slew of new worldwide launches for Sundance Channel and WE tv. Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, made the announcements today ahead of the company’s participation at CASBAA.
In Korea, Sundance Channel has been launched on leading IPTV provider LG Korea as a 24-hour linear high definition network. The network is already carried in the region on Skylife, and Olleh TV by KT and B.TV by SK Broadband. Sundance Channel is also launching on leading mobile network Taiwan Mobile as a mobile VOD service. This partnership adds to the network’s broad distribution in Taiwan where the network is available on Chunghwa’s MOD service, Dish HD, CNS and Vee Time’s Vee TV. In Thailand, TrueVisions has launched WE tv as a 24-hour high definition linear network. TrueVisions launched Sundance Channel for the first time in the country last year.
In addition, Accion has been designated as exclusive sales agent for Sundance Channel and WE tv in the Philippines. The networks have been met with an enthusiastic response and are being launched by numerous local operators including Cablelink TV for Metro Manila, Asian Vision for Olangapo and Zambales region, Telmarc for Taytay and Teresea regions and Royal Cablevision for Cabuyao and Calamba regions. With over 20 years of experience representing 17 channels including Discovery Channels, Disney Channels and History Channel, Accion will continue to accelerate the growth of Sundance Channel and WE tv in the Philippines through its relationships with provincial cable systems throughout the region. Sundance Channel launched for the first time last year on the cable operator Skycable Philippines.
In Latin America, Sundance Channel will be launched on TV Cable Ecuador, the country’s largest cable provider. Through this partnership, Sundance Channel will be made available to subscribers as a 24-hour linear, high definition channel. This news comes off the heels of Sundance Channel’s September first ever launch in Latin America on DIRECTV. The network is now available in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Tuchman commented, “These exciting, new distribution agreements reflect the importance of Asia and Latin America as critical regions in our global expansion strategy. We continue to experience strong demand for our high quality, globally renowned entertainment available on Sundance Channel and WE tv. We also look forward to further supporting the authenticated on demand initiatives of our subscription television partners around the world.”
Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of first run original drama and other iconic programming, award winning and locally appealing independent films and documentaries. It is available to pay-TV operators as a standard and high definition linear television channel, VOD service and via mobile and online authenticated streaming. Additionally, select VOD program offerings are available during theatrical windows so audiences can watch films that are still in theatres from the comfort of their own homes. In addition to Sundance Channel, AMC/Sundance Channel Global offers WE tv in Asia, a women’s lifestyle focused network featuring top industry figures in food, weddings and fashion with acclaimed series by Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray and Joe Zee, inspiring viewers with their expertise and innovation.
About AMC/Sundance Channel Global
AMC/Sundance Channel Global delivers compelling and globally renowned entertainment to audiences worldwide in multiple languages through locally tailored programming services, cutting edge media and subscription television platforms. The international arm of AMC Networks Inc., the division’s flagship channels include Sundance Channel and WE tv and are broadcast in both high and standard definition. Sundance Channel was founded by Robert Redford and showcases acclaimed independent films, from the newest festival award winners to the genre’s most beloved movies. Central to Sundance Channel’s appeal is its broadcast of original series from leading talent both in the US and abroad, including celebrated series Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels. Recently launched in Asia, WE tv is a leading entertainment brand in the US and caters to audiences who can’t get enough of celebrity driven reality and other widely appealing lifestyle programming.
About AMC Networks Inc.
Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) 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 origination and distribution company.