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CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership launches true crime focused FAST channel in the UK

True Crime UK from CBS Reality is now available on Amazon Freevee and Rakuten TV


LONDON, UK – 15 May 2023 – Amazon Freevee and Rakuten TV viewers are now able to enjoy their favourite CBS Reality programmes as the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership, a joint venture between AMC Networks International and Paramount Global, launches a free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) channel, True Crime UK from CBS Reality.

Programming launch highlights on the channel include original true crime content such as “Evidence of Evil,” “Murder Wall,” “Donal MacIntyre Unsolved” and exclusive third party content such as “Medical Detectives” from CBS Reality, the UK’s biggest factual entertainment channel amongst adult women[1].

Tanya Gugenheim, SVP, Business Development, AMC Networks International – UK said, “We’re thrilled to launch True Crime UK from CBS Reality on Amazon Freevee and Rakuten TV. Expanding our factual entertainment content into the FAST space underscores the demand for our acclaimed true crime programming and will enable us to share it with a huge new audience.”

True Crime UK from CBS Reality will be available through Amazon Freevee and the Rakuten TV services initially, with more major platforms rolling out across 2023. Both services are available via various outlets such as Prime Video, Amazon Fire TV, Roku devices, Apple TV and iOS and Android devices.

Amazon Freevee is a streaming video service with thousands of premium movies and TV shows, including Originals and free ad-supported (FAST) channels, available anytime, for free.

Rakuten TV is one of the leading streaming platforms in Europe that combines TVOD (Transactional video-on-demand), AVOD (Advertising video-on-demand) and FAST channels (Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV) providing users with a universe of content and making the whole entertainment experience easier. Its FAST service consists of an extensive line-up of over 500 unique channels among which 100 Owned & Operated (O&O) across Europe.

On-demand CBS Reality content is also available via the CBS Catchup Channels UK player.


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About CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership

The CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership is a joint venture between Paramount Global and AMC Networks International – UK, which owns and operates a portfolio of four entertainment channels. CBS Reality, RealityXtra, Legend, and HorrorXtra. The channels feature a broad assortment of series, movies and documentaries from CBS’s extensive television library together with CBS Reality original productions airing on CBS Reality, complemented by entertainment programming from third party suppliers. This portfolio of channels reaches viewers in more than 25 million homes throughout the UK via the Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and Freeview platforms and on demand via the CBS Catchup Channels UK player available from Freesat, Freeview and Youview.

AMC Networks International – UK (AMCNI – UK) distributes television programming throughout the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and manages a portfolio of eight channel brands, including AMC, SundanceTV and a portfolio of six entertainment channels in joint venture with Paramount Global, including CBS Justice, CBS Europa, CBS Reality, RealityXtra, Legend and HorrorXtra.

AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International, a leading producer and distributor of television channels reaching subscribers in more than 130 countries and territories and spanning a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment and factual.

AMC Networks International is the global division of AMC Networks.

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[1] Based on 0900-2959 daypart, All adults 2022.

Source: BARB/Techedge, audience shares based on whole day viewing, adults.

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