C4 will launch movie channel

Service dedicated to indie fare

LONDON — Channel 4 has confirmed plans to launch its own pay TV channel devoted to independent cinema, under the brand name Film Four.

Starting in November, the channel will be carried via British Sky Broadcasting’s analog and digital satellite platforms. It will also be available as a digital terrestrial service via Ondigital, and cable carriage is being negotiated.

Film Four will showcase C4’s own movie productions, along with a diverse selection of indie pics from around the world, notably Europe and America. Many of these films find it hard to secure any kind of U.K distrib.

“The channel will complement, not imitate, the sort of mainstream Hollywood output associated with existing pay movie channels,” said C4 chief exec Michael Jackson.

Film Four will broadcast 12 hours a day, mixing movies with film-related programs.

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