AMC Networks is embarking on a major expansion of Sundance Channel Global across Latin America via new distribution pacts this month with various pay TV platforms in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Paraguay.
Additional distribution agreements have been reached in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Peru with major pay-TV operators. The Sundance Channel debuted in 2013 in South America, where it is available in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Sundance will launch on Cable Onda, the biggest pay-TV platform in Panama; Tigo in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Paraguay and Guatemala; and on Claro, the biggest pay-TV platform in Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
“Further expansion across all of Latin America is a major priority for us in the months ahead,” said Ed Palluth, executive VP of global distribution, AMC Networks Intl.
Sundance Channel is also now available in HD as a 24-hour linear service in Peru on Telefonica’s Movistar, the country’s largest pay-TV operator.
“As Sundance Channel is not rated in Latin America, we can’t comment on viewership numbers, however, we have carved out a truly unique place for the network in this marketplace,” said Bruce Tuchman, president of Sundance Channel Global and AMC Global. “We are the only channel firmly positioned and dedicated to providing a mix of independent films and original series,” he said, citing “The Red Road,” above, and “Rectify” as the most enthusiastically received by critics and viewers alike.
Whether the Sundance Channel will pursue producing local programming in the future, Tuchman said: “We are always looking at opportunities but have no news at this time.”