LONDON — U.S. cable operator AMC Networks is to launch a channel in the U.K. this September exclusively on pay TV platform BT TV, which will be the first time AMC has been made available in the country.
The AMC channel will launch with the exclusive U.K. television premiere of drama series “Fear the Walking Dead.” The channel will air other soon-to-be-announced AMC dramas, as well as scripted series from other producers, and feature films.
The addition of AMC to its lineup reps the latest move by BT TV to raise its game. In recent months the platform has extended its content lineup by adding Netflix, Sky Sports and a new BT Store service offering “buy to keep” movies and TV box sets, including HBO titles like “Game of Thrones.”
For AMC, the move is the latest step in the expansion of its foot-print since the company launched the brand for the first time outside North America late last year. AMC is now on subscription television platforms in more than 125 countries and territories across Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Ed Carroll, AMC Networks chief operating officer, commented: “AMC has 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 U.K. 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.”
Delia Bushell, managing director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “We’re delighted to be launching AMC for the first time in the U.K., enabling our viewers to watch series such as ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ exclusively from BT. AMC has showcased some of the biggest and most celebrated series on U.S. television in recent years, including ‘Breaking Bad,’ and ‘Mad Men.’ We’re confident our viewers will enjoy AMC’s cinematic approach to storytelling and look forward to offering them an outstanding selection of TV series and films in the months ahead.”
BT TV is part of the global telecommunications company BT Group, which last year reported revenue totaling £18 billion ($28 billion) and profit before taxation of £2.65 billion ($4.12 billion).