Sundance Channel announces European pacts
09.25 Europe/London, January 26, 2012 By Robert Briel
AMC/Sundance Channel Global has announced agreements with platforms across multiple markets in Europe for launches of its networks and VOD services.
Sundance Channel is launching for the first time in Portugal while gaining increased distribution through new deals with cable and broadband systems in Belgium, Poland, France and Taiwan.
In Portugal, the channel is available on ZON Multimédia and is being distributed in HD and versioned into Portuguese. In Belgium. Sundance is now available on the IPTV service, Belgacom TV, with also subtitles in Flemish and French. Sundance has been available on Telenet for some time.
In Poland, the channel launched on 1 January on the IPTV service SGT, with a 24/7 HD linear broadcast with Polish subtitles. Virgin in France plans to add Sundance Channel to its Virgin Box. Customers will be able to watch a French versioned 24/7 HD channel. Other French consumers already have access to Sundance Channel via Free, Numericable and SFR, among other outlets.
Telefonica of Spain will launch an HD version of its localised channel, which will be available in addition to the SD version of the Channel, which launched across the country last autumn.
Robert Redford, founder of Sundance Channel, said in statement, “It has long been a hope of mine that audiences internationally could experience the creativity and great filmmaking that comes out of Sundance, so I am happy to see the expansion of Sundance Channel Global. Our programming is designed to be inspiring and broaden people’s perspectives and I’m looking forward to the channel’s continued international growth over the coming year.”