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Narrative Entertainment launches into FAST TV market

November 9, 2022

The UK’s largest independent TV broadcaster, Narrative Entertainment, makes its first foray into the FAST TV market with the launch of POP Kids, GREAT! movies and GREAT! christmas channels on Samsung TV Plus, making its vast library of iconic movies and shows accessible to an even wider audience.

These new, ad-supported live channels extend the offering of the GREAT! and Pop networks by providing families and movie-lovers with another place to watch globally renowned films and shows, for free via the internet.

Narrative Entertainment is set to launch FAST channels on more platforms in the near future.

Will Vicary, Managing Director of Narrative Entertainment, says, “We’re thrilled to be launching our first tranche of FAST channels on Samsung TV Plus, offering viewers a curated selection of our most popular shows and films on this new and growing platform. These new channels complement our portfolio of AVOD services and over-the-air channels, in line with our mission to bring great stories to as many people as possible. We’re excited by the versatile nature of FAST channels and the scope for innovative advertising and look forward to rolling out more digital developments in 2023.”

About the new FAST channels:

POP Kids

With something for children of all ages, POP Kids invites children to explore magical realms, learn important lessons and have a whole lot of fun! With legacy brands such as Pokémon Journeys, Care Bears: Unlock the Magic, and Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck, as well as fan favourites like Miraculous and Dragon Ball Super, there’s familiar friends and bucketloads of new adventures to embark upon.

GREAT! movies

Airing high-powered, fast-paced films and star-driven contemporary titles including Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year, Jason Momoa in Braven, and Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, GREAT! movies is curated for sit-forward movie lovers.

GREAT! christmas

With a selection of seasonal films focussing on family, romance and magic, GREAT! christmas is awash with warm, wild and wonderful stories – with the occasional celebrity appearance from the likes of Mariah Carey in A Christmas Melody!

CTV specialist Media16 are the exclusive sales house managing the advertising and sponsorship sales on Narrative Entertainment’s FAST channels. Media16 facilitates non-intrusive, contextually relevant advertising that reaches specific and passionate audiences across 60+ CTV channels on multiple platforms in the UK and Europe.

Samsung TV Plus is free TV, with no subscription, no sign-up, no additional device or credit card needed. Pre-installed on all 2016-2022 Samsung Smart TVs, and available for download from the Google Play and Galaxy Store on Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets in select territories. Samsung TV Plus instantly delivers an ever-growing number of channels across multiple genres including news, sports and entertainment, as well as a VOD library of popular movies and shows. The free, ad-supported video service is available in the UK and in 15 other European territories; to access, just an internet connection is needed.

Narrative Entertainment’s portfolio, acquired from Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2021, includes the UK’s largest independent movies network: free over-the-air (OTA) channels GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, GREAT! movies christmas and GREAT! tv, which reaches an average 6.5 million adults per month in 28 million homes nationwide. The broadcaster also owns the UK’s No.1 commercial kids’ network, which includes free-to-air linear channels POP, Tiny Pop and POP MAX, along with AVOD catch-up app, the POP Player.

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