AMC marks Sundance with Euro pay-TV deals

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 26-01-2012

As the renowned international film festival celebrates a landmark, the AMC/Sundance Channel Global, AMC Networks’ international division, has broken new ground in key European and Asian markets.

The result of the heightened activity will see new launches of its international television networks and video-on-demand (VOD) services at the leading pay-TV players in the respective markets.
Only weeks after launching Portugal with ZON Multimédia, Portugal’s biggest pay-TV operator, the Sundance Channel has secured additional carriage and is gaining increased distribution through new deals with key cable and broadband systems in Belgium, Poland, France and Taiwan.
The Sundance Channel in Belgium is now available on the country’s leading, Belgacom TV IPTV service complementing the existing offering to cable subscribers through the country’s biggest cable TV provider, Liberty Global-backed Telenet.
With the Channel launching on 1 January on Polish IPTV service, SGT, 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 adding to services in France carried by at Free, Numericable and SFR.
In Asia, the channel is launching on Veetime in Taiwan as a 24/7 linear offering with Mandarin subtitles which represents the third key local platform to carry the channel following deals in the second half of 2011 with the country’s leading IPTV provider, Chunghwa Telecom, as well as Dish TV’s DTH system in Taiwan.
“These new distribution partnerships reflect the strong appetite for high quality, globally renowned entertainment from audiences and content distributors alike,” said Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global. “We are thrilled to offer the outstanding programming of Sundance Channel and WE tv on a wide variety of cutting edge multimedia platforms all over the world and have been especially proud of the performance of the key films that we have offered to our pay-TV subscribers on an on-demand basis during these films’ theatrical exhibition windows.”
Robert Redford, Founder of Sundance Channel, added, “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.”