AMC NETWORKS DEVELOPING SIX NEW FAST CHANNELS
BUILDING ON SUCCESSFUL BASE OF UNIQUE AND COMPELLING CHANNELS DISTRIBUTED ACROSS AN EXPANDING ARRAY OF PLATFORMS
New Channels to Launch in the Coming Months Devoted to ALLBLK Originals, AMC en Espanol, Anime from HIDIVE, Dynamic Sports Content from Overtime and Short Film from Shorts
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As part of its 2022 upfront, AMC Networks today announced an expansion of its successful “Viewers First” strategy, through which it has developed a slate of dynamic FAST (free ad-supported streaming) channels distributed on an expanding array of platforms. AMC Networks began its development and deployment of distinct channels focused on its unique and valuable content two years ago, and has to date launched eight channels that are deployed across six leading FAST platforms.
The new channels under development and expected to launch in the coming months, which will all be live and programmed 24/7, are:
AMC en Español, which will feature favorite stories and characters from AMC’s critically acclaimed original programming. The channel will feature Spanish-language versions of shows like The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Rectify, Into the Badlands, Halt and Catch Fire, The Red Road and others.
ALLBLK Gems will feature programming from the fast-growing ALLBLK streaming service that is inclusively and unapologetically Black. This channel will spotlight favorite ALLBLK originals like Double Cross, A House Divided, Notorious Queens, My Mane Problem and many more.
HIDIVE x ANIME is a completely original FAST channel devoted to the best of anime, a rich and fast-growing content category that has captivated viewers from around the world. Anime is one of the world’s fastest growing content genres, and HIDIVE x ANIME will super-serve this fandom with high-quality original series straight from Japan.
Shorts and Cortos (the Spanish-language version of Shorts) is the world’s only FAST channel dedicated to short film, curated collections of award-winning films, more than 13,000 from around the globe including Thrillers, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Animation, Sci-Fi, Horror & Documentary.
OVERTIME, in addition to the five channels listed above, AMC has also entered into an innovative distribution partnership with Brooklyn-based Overtime. The new Overtime branded FAST channel gives sports fans the chance to follow the next generation of sports stars both on and off court. The channel’s programming mix includes more than 40 highly engaging original series curated as a FAST channel for the first time.
“Our Viewers First strategy is built around the goal of making our compelling original content available to viewers wherever and whenever they want to consume it, and that has resulted in an expanding presence on a growing array of leading platforms, with our advertising partners walking right alongside us,” said Kim Kelleher, president of commercial revenue and partnerships for AMC Networks. “FAST has become an increasingly important and growing component of our overall commercial revenue mix, and these new channels will only further accelerate our growth and success in this dynamic environment.”
AMC Networks’ existing roster of FAST and AVOD channels include Stories by AMC, AMC Thrillers, Slightly off by IFC, All Weddings by WE tv, All Reality by WE tv, The Walking Dead Universe, IFC Film Picks, and Portlandia. The channels are carried on platforms including Pluto TV, Sling TV, Samsung TV Plus, VIZIO, Plex and Comcast XUMO.
April 7, 2022 12:00pm ET by AMC