London – 30th April 2019 – The CBS AMC UK Channels Partnership, a joint venture between AMC Networks International and CBS Studios Internationalannounced that its branded, on-demand players – “Horror Bites” and “CBS Catchup Channels UK” – have launched on YouView, the award-winning hybrid television platform, a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva.
Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK will be rolling out across all YouView connected set-top boxes and smart televisions including TalkTalk TV and BT TV homes. Viewers will be able to catch up on shows from Horror Channel, CBS Reality, CBS Drama and CBS Justice up to thirty days after broadcast, and will also be able to access on-demand content, in the form of box sets and CBS Reality original content such as “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files”, “Murder by the Sea” and “Written in Blood”.
The players join other premium on-demand services on the platform including Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Now TV and will be accessible to YouView’s growing user base.
Tanya Gugenheim, SVP, Business Development, AMC Networks International said, “This launch is part of our strategy to accelerate the availability of our strong and popular drama, true crime and entertainment content on new platforms, and we’re excited to be able to provide YouView’s audience with our diverse programming on-demand.”
David Faulkner, Head of Corporate and Business Development, YouView said: “It’s great to welcome on board both Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK to YouView’s on-demand services. It will give our growing base an enhanced plethora of content to choose from”.
The roll out has been supported by Simplestream, one of the UK’s leading OTT services provider.
The CBS UK channels continue to be one of the fastest-growing channel portfolios in the UK with CBS Reality being the UK’s biggest factual entertainment channel amongst adult women and Horror Channel being the second biggest free to air movie channel amongst men 25-54.
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About CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership
The CBS AMC Networks UK Channels makes up a portfolio of six entertainment channels owned by the CBS AMC Network UK Channels Partnership established in September 2009 between CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International – UK.
The channels include CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, Horror Channel and Horror Channel +1 and feature a broad assortment of drama, reality and long form content from CBS’s extensive television library and CBS Reality original productions airing on CBS Reality, complemented by entertainment programming from third party suppliers. CBS AMC Networks UK Channels reach viewers in more than 25 million homes throughout the UK via the Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and Freeview platforms.
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 60 languages across multiple media platforms. The division distributes programming from CBS Television Studios created for the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access and other platforms, as well as content from CBS Television Distribution, SHOWTIME Networks, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. The Studio participates in a number of international channel ventures, including owning and operating Network 10 in Australia and also exports a diverse line-up of formats for local production. CBS Studios International has 13 offices around the world, including its base in Los Angeles and EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.
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 140 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America and spanning a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, children’s and factual. AMC Networks International is the global division of AMC Networks. For more information, visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amcni
YouView launched in summer 2012, brought BT Sport over IP in 2013, an upgrade to 4k and the launch of Netflix in 2014, partnered with Sony to offer the UI for its TVs in 2015 and brought the first UHD device to the UK. YouView launched a major upgrade to its underlying platform in 2017 with an award winning UI in the UK with a powerful cloud back office providing new data and insights into how consumers watch and find TV. It recently announced the launch of Amazon Prime with BT and the arrival of Sky Atlantic in early 2019.
YouView has won a number of major industry awards including Advanced TV Innovation of the Year at the 2017 Content Innovation Awards and Best Platform at the annual T3 Awards and most recently winner of the National Technology Awards for TV, Film and Broadcasting Technology of the Year.
Simplestream, a London-headquartered company, is the leader in live, live-2-VOD and on-demand TV services across all OTT platforms. Founded in 2010, Simplestream enables broadcasters, platform operators, content owners and distributors to quickly launch next generation TV services, increasing reach and revenues. Simplestream provides a simplified workflow and cloud-based solutions to industry leaders, including A+E Networks, News Corp, Sony, UKTV and QVC.
 Based on 0900-2959 daypart, All adults 2018
Source: BARB/Techedge, audience shares based on whole day viewing, adults