MIPTV 2015: AMC Networks expands international portfolio

DetailsJuan Fernandez Gonzalez | 14 April 2015

Eyeing Latin America, EMEA, the CIS and the Asia Pacific regions, AMC Networks Internacional has announced a significant expansion for its international portfolio at MIPTV, following the brand's launch outside of North America late last year.

Distributor demand for the network is underscored by substantial first window programming acquisitions, including the upcoming premieres of Fear, The Walking Dead, Into the Badlands and the new seasons of Halt and Catch Fire. Each series will debut on AMC Global less than 24 hours after the US premiere.

"AMC Networks International has experienced record growth with new distribution agreements on subscription television platforms around the world," commented Ed Palluth, executive VP of global distribution, AMC Networks International. "There is clear and strong demand for our line-up of globally renowned, locally relevant channels with many platform operators adding or repositioning our services onto their basic tiers in recent months to make them widely available to customers".

Latin America has seen great acceptance of AMC's international networks, with Mexico's Axtel having launched the entire AMC portfolio of channels for the first time, including AMC, Sundance Channel, elgourmet, Europa Europa and Film&Arts. AMC has also launched in Brazil for the first time on several cable TV systems members of Neo TV, following the network's debut on SKY earlier this month, and on multiple pay-TV platforms in Uruguay including TCC, Montecable, Nuevo Siglo and Equital.

Tigo platforms throughout the region have launched or repositioned AMC on the basic tier. Casa Club TV was launched on Red Intercable in Argentina and Sundance Channel continues to gain momentum across Latin America with launches on many new platforms, including Cablevision and Supercanal in Argentina, among others. In addition, Movistar TV has returned AMC to the basic package in Colombia.

In Central Europe, Slovak Telekom in Slovakia, Skylink in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Magyar Telekom and Tarr in Hungary, and Telekom Serbia have also joined the AMC portfolio.

Across Africa, the company recently announced the first-ever launch of Eva, a new telenovela channel, and in the UK, it recently announced the launch of the Horror Channel.

In the Asia Pacific region, Taiwan has seen Sundance Channel premiere on Asia Pacific Telecom, PPCTV aired the network in Cambodia, as did Sansar Cable in Mongolia.