August 13, 2013 08.41 Europe/London By Julian Clover
FOX International Channels has announced the South African launch of its crime and investigation entertainment network, Foxcrime.
The debut on the Multichoice DStv platform adds 1.6 million subscribers to the 25 million subscribers held around the world.
In South Africa the new Foxcrime schedule combines FIC original co-productions such as The Bridge, starring Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger with acquisitions including Criminal Minds, CSI andBlue Bloods. The channel also boasts a Classic Crime block that launches with NYPD Blue, Remington Steel, CHIPS and Streets of San Francisco and it showcases strong crime-themed documentaries including an African focused slot entitled Case Files: Africa, covering infamous crime stories from across the Continent.
“Foxcrimes’s steady subscriber growth and enduring rating’s success since its original 2006 launch in Italy, is the product of a killer mix of addictive crime programming and FOX brand sensibility,” said Alessandro Tucci, SVP and General Manager for FIC Africa. “DStv remains the biggest player in pay-TV throughout Africa and we are pleased to bring this new bespoke brand to their platform and especially South African viewers.”
Foxcrime will sit alongside FIC’s other brands in the market including FOX, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild on DStv.