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CBS Drama to Start Off the Autumn Season with Launch on Freeview

“Californication,” “Sex and the City” and “Nurse Jackie” among the September Highlights

London, 19 August, 2015:     CBS Drama, which is owned and operated by the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership, today announced that it is expanding its reach by launching on the UK’s biggest free-to-air digital television provider, Freeview, on September 1.  It is currently carried on Sky channel 149, Freesat channel 134 and Virgin channel 197.  This carriage deal means CBS Drama will be available to over 90% of UK households on Freeview channel 74.

CBS Drama has also acquired from CBS Studios International three top-rated, high-profile series as part of the new autumn line up: “Sex and the City,” “Californication” and “Nurse Jackie” will play out weeknights together in a must-see drama block starting at 22:05.

Other flagship series on the channel include the contemporary British dramas “Waterloo Road” and “Clocking Off,” US soaps “Knots Landing” and “Dallas” and retro classics “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Taxi.”

Tanya Gugenheim, Chief Business Development and New Media Officer, AMC Networks International – Zone said:  “CBS Drama offers some of the best in British and American drama and we look forward to sharing this popular content with the Freeview audiences.”

CBS Action and CBS Reality launched on Freeview in 2014 while Horror Channel joined the DTT platform in April this year. All three channels have seen their audience levels increase by over 150% since launch on DTT with CBS Reality going on to be the biggest factual entertainment channel in the country and Horror Channel the second most-watched movie channel in the UK.

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About CBS AMC Networks UK Channel Partnership

The CBS AMC Networks UK Channels are a portfolio of six entertainment channels owned by the CBS AMC Networks UK Channels Partnership established in September 2009 between CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International – Zone.

The channels include CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, CBS Drama, CBS Action, Horror Channel and Horror Channel +1 and feature a broad assortment of drama, reality and long form content from CBS’s extensive television library, complemented by entertainment programming from third party suppliers. CBS AMC Networks Channels reach viewers in more than 25 million homes throughout the UK via the Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and Freeview platforms.

AMC Networks International – Zone is a business unit of AMC Networks International, a leading producer and distributor of television channels distributed to more than 390 million households in 140 countries and spanning a range of genres, including movie, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, children’s and factual. AMC Networks International is an international programming division of AMC Networks.

CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. The Studio participates in international channel ventures, currently comprised of 18 channels in 24 languages across over 100 territories, reaching more than 70 million households worldwide. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production around the world. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.


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