AMC Networks International Southern Europe to launch SELEKT
A new general-interest linear pay-TV channel in Spain
From 4 February on Vodafone TV and Orange TV
Premieres, original productions and exclusive programming in a line-up featuring the best in film, series, documentaries, lifestyle, children’s content and music
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Programming will be scheduled in blocks to suit the viewing habits and preferences of pay-TV audiences.
On 4 February, AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) will launch a new channel in Spain: SELEKT, a general-interest pay-TV service with programming that caters to all audiences. Available from the time of its launch and at no additional cost for subscribers to Vodafone TV (channel 27) and Orange TV (channel 9), SELEKT will offer premieres, original productions, exclusive programming and simulcasts showcasing the best in film, series, documentaries, lifestyle, children’s content and music.
“In today’s dynamic media landscape, where viewers spend more time choosing what to watch, we are launching this new general-interest channel so that they can easily discover and enjoy the best of pay television. We are delighted that Vodafone TV and Orange TV, two of our key partners, are including SELEKT in their offering,” explained Manuel Balsera, Managing Director of AMCNISE.
“SELEKT is the ideal complement to our TV portfolio at a time of high viewing figures and a growing number of offerings. This channel is an opportunity to bolster pay-TV in Spain over free-to-air options, while at the same time delivering content to Vodafone users that might not be part of their subscription package,” said Ignacio García-Legaz, Director of Vodafone TV.
José Antonio Guzmán, Head of Strategy and Negotiation at Orange TV, welcomed “this general-interest channel on Orange TV, offering the highest quality premium pay-TV content in one place. Orange TV subscribers will be able to enjoy the best showcase of the wide variety of content from AMC Networks’ channels, part of Orange TV’s broad range of movies, series and entertainment for the whole family. For us, this is a further step in strengthening our product portfolio in partnership with AMC Networks.”
The SELEKT schedule will feature programming blocks to suit the viewing habits and preferences of the pay-TV user. From Monday to Friday, SELEKT will program two hours of children’s content in the early morning; ten hours of lifestyle programming (cooking, decoration, beauty and health) in the morning and afternoon; three hours of documentaries after lunch; five hours of movies and series in prime time; and four hours of music in the overnight slot.
The schedule will change on the weekends, with four hours of children’s content and two hours of documentaries in the morning, movies after lunch and one more hour of prime time.
The line-up will feature the best quality content and formats from AMC Networks’ 11 thematic channels: AMC, Canal Hollywood, SundanceTV, DARK, Somos, XTRM, Odisea, Canal Cocina, Canal Decasa, Canal Panda and Sol Música. This will include a wide-ranging, acclaimed selection of the best in pay television for the whole family to enjoy.
Highlights of the February line-up on SELEKT include the premiere of the French series, Mirage (5 Feb.) and the simulcast (on SELEKT and XTRM) of the second season of Narcos: Mexico (18 Feb.); the entire Rocky film series (every Monday); the exclusive premiere of the documentary series, Secrets of the Solar System (every Saturday) and the premiere of Great Barrier Reef: A Living Treasure narrated by Russell Crowe and directed by Emmy-award winner Richard Fitzpatrick (4 Feb.); the cooking show Los fogones tradicionales (Monday to Sunday); and the Scott Brothers series Property Brothers: Forever Home (daily) and My Dream Home (daily).
About AMC Networks International Southern Europe
AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) produces and distributes 25 pay TV channels targeted to a wide range of audiences: film and series (AMC, Canal Hollywood, SundanceTV, DARK, XTRM, Somos and Blast); factual (Odisea/Odisseia, HISTORIA, Crime + Investigation and BLAZE); lifestyle (Canal Cocina and Canal Decasa); music (Sol Música), kids (Canal Panda and Biggs); and its general-interest channel SELEKT. The unit, headquartered in Madrid, manages all of AMCNI’s operations in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. The company also operates direct to consumer services in Spain: OdiseaVR, Microcanales and Planet Horror.
HISTORIA, BLAZE and Crime + Investigation are produced for Spain and Portugal through The History Channel Iberia, a joint venture between AMCNISE and Hearst. Canal Hollywood, Canal Panda and Biggs are exclusively produced for the Portuguese market through DREAMIA, a joint venture between AMCNISE and NOS. AMCNISE is an operating unit of AMC Networks International, the global division of AMC Networks. For more information, visit: www.amcnetworksinternational.com
About Orange Spain
Spain is the second market of Orange Group, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators a total customer base of 266 million customers at 31 December 2019. With a value generation project based on convergence, innovation and quality of service, Orange is the second operator in the Spanish telecommunications market, with sales of 5,280 million euros and EBITDAal of 1,646 million euros in 2019. Orange is also one of the main foreign investors in Spain, with more than 31,000 million euros of accumulated investment, including acquisitions. Through its different and renowned brands -Orange, Jazztel, Amena Simyo and República Móvil-, Orange Spain has the trust of 20.4 million customers, who enjoy its fixed, mobile and television services.
In the commitment to contribute to placing Spain among the leading countries in new generation networks and preparing the new digital society, Orange is carrying out an ambitious project to deploy fixed and mobile super broadband networks, with the aim of achieving with fiber optic coverage to 16 million households in 2020 –currently reaching 14.9 million households-, completing 4G deployment -which already exceeds 97% coverage of the population in Spain- and preparing the future 5G technology. Likewise, Orange works to acquire a relevant role in new businesses such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, security, telecare or mobile banking. More information at www.orange.es
About Vodafone TV
Vodafone Group is one of the world’s leading technology communications providers, connecting people and organisations of all sizes to the digital society. We have extensive experience in connectivity, convergence and the Internet of Things, as well as championing mobile financial services and digital transformation in emerging markets.
Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 22 countries, partners with mobile networks in 42 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 March 2020, Vodafone Group had 362 million customers, including 115 million mobile customers, 25 million broadband customers and 22 million TV customers in Europe and 168 million mobile customers in Africa.. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
January 29, 2021 8:15am ET by AMC