AMC Networks International (AMCNI) and BT Group have announced a new agreement to launch AMC in the UK this September, making it available exclusively to BT customers.
The multi-year agreement with BT will mark the debut for AMC’s UK channel, which will launch with the UK television premiere of drama Fear the Walking Dead (pictured) on BT TV. AMC in the UK will showcase other dramas from AMC Networks in addition to films and series from other producers.
In recent months BT TV has extended its content line-up by adding Netflix, Sky Sports 1 and 2 and a new BT Store service offering buy-to-keep movies and TV box sets, including HBO titles like Game of Thrones. Last week BT also announced its new BT TV Ultra HD box and BT Sport Ultra HD channel, launching in August.
The news follows expansion for AMC since the company launched the brand for the first time outside North America late last year. AMC is now seen on subscription television platforms in over 125 countries and territories throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
“AMC has become synonymous with bold, dramatic original programming of the highest quality,” commented Ed Carroll, AMC Networks COO. “We’re excited to partner with BT to launch AMC for the first time in the UK. This agreement highlights the strong demand for our channels and will enable us to continue developing a far-reaching platform for AMC’s original programming.”
Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, added, “We’re delighted to be launching AMC for the first time in the UK, enabling our viewers to watch series such as Fear the Walking Dead exclusively from BT. AMC has showcased some of the biggest and most celebrated series on US television in recent years, including Breaking Bad, and Mad Men. We’re confident our viewers will enjoy AMC’s cinematic approach to storytelling and look forward to offering them an outstanding selection of TV series and films in the months ahead.”