A day before it announces fourth-quarter fiscal results, AMC Networks Feb. 25 unveiled a new long-term distribution agreement with Dish Network and Sling TV that includes continued carriage of AMC Networks’ linear channels AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and BBC World News, as well as the launch in the coming months of AMC Networks’ SVOD services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and Urban Movie Channel (“UMC”); AMC Networks’ ad-free offering AMC Premiere; and its IFC Films Unlimited streaming service.
Acorn TV, acquired through AMC Networks’ majority purchase of home entertainment distributor RLJ Entertainment, streams British-centric programming to more than one million paid subscribers in the U.S. and Canada.
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Shudder streams original and licensed horror and suspense content, including original series, “Creepshow,” and documentary, “Horror Noire.”
Sundance Now streams original and exclusive series from true crime to dramas and thrillers from around the world, including “Discovery of Witches,” “Riviera” and “Killing for Love.”
UMC (Urban Movie Channel) also came with the RLJE acquisition as the first subscription streaming service created for African American audiences, featuring original series, network TV shows, classic sitcoms, and feature films.
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AMC Premiere is an ad-supported VOD platform streaming current seasons of series from AMC, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV, including “Killing Eve,” “Better Call Saul,” and “The Walking Dead,” with extras, including bonus footage, sneak peeks of future episodes and behind-the-scenes features.
IFC Films Unlimited is a streaming channel featuring a collection of theatrically-released and award-winning indie titles from IFC Films.
“Much like our linear channels, our ad-free services provide passionate audiences with exceptional content and new ways to innovate with valued distribution partners like Dish as our businesses evolve together,” Josh Reader, president of distribution and development for AMC Networks, said in a statement.