AMC Beta-Tests Streaming Service for Horror Fans (Exclusive)

Shudder TV A Tale of Two
Courtesy of Shudder

Be prepared to be scared: AMC Networks has begun an invite-only beta test of their horror-centric OTT video service Shudder. The service offers streaming access to full-length ad-free horror movies, and wants to eventually launch on a number of TV streaming devices. Its technology is being powered by and Softbank-owned online video platform Dramafever.

Consumers who previously signed up on Shudder’s public pre-launch website have started to get invites over the last 24 hours, and can now join the service for two free months. After that, Shudder is charging $4.99 a month, or $49.99 for a full year. An AMC Networks spokesperson confirmed the beta test Tuesday, but said that there’s no firm date yet for Shudder coming out of beta.

Shudder currently offers access to more than 200 movies, including titles like the Korean horror movie “A Tale of Two Sisters,” cult classic “Nosferatu” and Swedish cult vampire movie “Let the Right One In.” The site also features curated collections for topics like “urban decay” or “romantic bloodsuckers.”

Interestingly, there also is a pre-programmed feed called Shudder.tv that airs horror movies non-stop in a TV network-like fashion — something that bodes well for Google’s recent move to turn apps into linear TV networks on its Android TV platform. At the moment, Shudder is only streaming in the browser, but the website promises apps for iOS, Android and Roku for the near future.

Shudder is part of a wider cooperation between Dramafever and AMC Networks that also included the relaunch of AMC’s SundanceNow streaming service last year. Both services target a smaller but highly engaged audience that isn’t served well by traditional TV networks — a model that Dramafever has also long been using for its own, Korean drama-focused niche video subscription service.

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  1. nerdrage says:

    Good idea, five bucks for specialty streaming services for fans of particular genres. If I saw something like that for sci fi, I’d be first in line for the beta test!

    The future will be like this: a few major streaming services with broad-based offerings – Netflix, Amazon, maybe Apple. Then there will be the add-ons: HBO for “premium” content (assuming they can deliver on that offer), ESPN for sports, and the specialty genres like this.

    I see the majors costing maybe $12-$15, the add-ons $5-$20 (higher for sports due to those greedy sports franchises) and the whole shebang is global. None of this geo-blocking crap.

  2. natalie says:

    I was insanly excited about this since I am the biggest horror fan! Got invited for the free trial…however onced signed up, I was advised that it is not available in my region. Only for US customers…so if your a Canadian, dont bother.

    • nerdrage says:

      Be patient, I guess…all these new streaming services need to focus on a domestic shakeout period to see what works before they can expand. Netflix used to be US-only too.

  3. Joel says:

    How cool!!! I love niche programming!!
    I’ve missed Voom terribly.
    Thank you AMC

  4. Reblogged this on Gourmet Horror and commented:
    Eventually, we could have streaming services for every niche and genre. Sounds good.

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