AMC Networks International (AMCNI) and BT Group have agreed a deal 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 its UK channel, which will launch with the exclusive UK television premiere of the highly-anticipated drama Fear the Walking Dead on BT TV.
AMC in the UK will showcase other soon to be announced dramas from AMC Networks in addition to series from other leading producers. The channel will also feature acclaimed films from the world’s most popular film libraries.
For BT, this represents another step forward in enhancing its television platform, BT TV. In recent months BT TV has extended its content line-up by adding Netflix, Sky Sports 1&2 and a new BT Store service offering ‘Buy to Keep’ movies and TV box sets, including HBO titles such as Game of Thrones. On June 9, BT also announced another innovation first with its new BT TV Ultra HD box and BT Sport Ultra HD channel, launching in August.
Confirmation of the deal follows significant expansion for AMC since the company launched the brand for the first time outside North America late in 2015. AMC is now seen on subscription television platforms in over 125 countries and territories throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Ed Carroll, AMC Networks COO, said the service had become synonymous with bold, dramatic original programming of the highest quality. “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,” he added.
Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV and BT Sport, said the operator was confident its viewers would enjoy AMC’s cinematic approach to storytelling and looked forward to offering them an outstanding selection of TV series and films in the months ahead.