Budapest/New York – 9 January 2017 – AMC Networks International (AMCNI) – Central Europe, broadcaster of AMC in Central and Eastern Europe, and United Group, the largest alternative telecom provider in the Balkan region, have announced a strategic deal that secures a next level of coverage for AMC across both cable and DTH platforms in the Balkans.
Home to original drama series Fear the Walking Dead, Into the Badlands, HUMANS, Breaking Bad and the upcoming The Terror, AMC will now reach nearly one million new homes in the region, doubling the channel’s existing coverage there.
Under the new affiliate deal, AMC is now available in the basic cable package of Serbia Broadband in Serbia and is offered to Total TV subscribers in Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Slovenia, which expanded AMC’s distribution to all United Group platforms.
Part of the partnership, another AMCNI CE channel, a favourite children’s choice in the region, Minimax will be carried to new households in Bosnia, on top of its existing coverage. Telemach Bosnia adds the channel to their Digital Start package. With this carriage deal, Minimax will enjoy a complete distribution on the various United Group entities in the whole Balkan region, on both cable and DTH platforms.
“We are very pleased to broaden our strategic partnership with United Group, as widening our flagship channels’ distribution on their platforms is a significant step for both AMC’s and Minimax’s regional expansion. We see the Balkan region as one of the fastest growing pay TV markets in Europe and it is a main priority for us to continue the development in this region in 2017,” said Mike Moriarty, President of AMC Networks International, CE & UK.
“We are pleased to partner with AMC Networks International – Central Europe to bring AMC to all our platforms. The channel’s premium original series content is a perfect addition to our diverse channel lineup and will further strengthen our rich offering to our audience,” said Suzana Radosevic, Content Management Director of United Group.
For AMC, this development in Eastern Europe is a further step to strengthen its footprint in the Eastern and Central European regions, since the the channel was launched outside North America in late 2014. AMC is now on subscription television platforms in more than 125 countries and territories across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
About AMC Global
AMC Global, a business unit of AMC Networks International, commemorates favourite films from every genre and decade and showcases acclaimed first run original programming to bring audiences something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network has created some of the most award-winning series of the past decade that have re-defined dramatic storytelling. In addition to being widely distributed throughout North America, AMC is available in over 125 countries. AMC Global is a premier entertainment destination that is available in HD and SD and across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile.
About AMC Networks International – Central Europe
AMC Networks International – Central Europe, an operating unit of AMC Networks International, is a leading international company in the field of broadcasting and distribution of thematic television channels with a focus on the Central and Eastern European markets. The current AMCNI – Central Europe portfolio includes the following television brands and genres. Sport: Sport1, Sport2, SportM, Kids: Minimax, Megamax, Infotainment: Spektrum, TV Paprika, Spektrum Home and Film: AMC, Film Mania, Filmcafe and Film+ and free-to-air C8.
AMCNI CE also operates German pay-TV channel KinoweltTV, acquired in 2014 and Bosnian FTA channel OBN.
The AMCNI CE channels are programmed for local audiences, languages and markets, and are available on numerous platforms including HD, on-demand and mobile devices.
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