Latest addition to the world-class network; Brings total number of HD channels available on OSN to 37
Dubai, UAE; January 14, 2014: OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, has signed a landmark deal with Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX), to launch its flagship Sundance Channel HD in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The new channel, which celebrates independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries, short films, series and original programmes, will be available exclusively on OSN from January 15th 2014.
Following the recent addition of OSN Fight Network HD last month, Sundance Channel HD will complement OSN’s existing line-up of over 135 channels, including 15 movie channels and 14 entertainment/series channels offering even more premium and exclusive content choices to OSN viewers. This latest channel also takes the total number of HD channels now available on OSN to 37.
David Butorac, Chief Executive Officer of OSN, said: “Our partnership with AMC/Sundance Channel Global highlights our commitment to continuously enhance the TV choices we provide through original and differentiating content.
“OSN viewers will be the first to enjoy a wide range of fascinating series, reality shows and independent films never seen before in the region. Sundance channel is a perfect fit to our exclusive showcase of premium entertainment introducing viewers to bold stories with a fresh and unique point of view.”
Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, said: “This exciting launch will significantly extend the reach of Sundance Channel into new territories throughout the Middle East and North Africa for the first time. We’re looking forward to working closely with OSN, the Premier Pay TV platform in the region, to deliver original dramatic series alongside the best independent cinema.”
Launched in 1996 by Robert Redford, Sundance Channel defined a new era in independent filmmaking. Showcasing both today’s creative icons and emerging talent of tomorrow, the channel celebrates Redford’s approach to creativity and independent content creation.
Sundance Channel will be available both in the content’s original language and with Arabic subtitling. The new channel will be available to OSN subscribers on the Platinum HD and Premier HD packages and movie buffs can access Sundance Channel HD’s award-winning content anytime, anywhere via OSN Play, the region’s first online TV viewing platform.
Programming will include a film strand entitled 10 days of Sundance featuring high profile films from the festival including Computer Chess, The Meteor and Halley, as well as Rectify, a critically acclaimed original series from the producers of Breaking Bad and Secret State, a scintillating political thriller.
For more details on Sundance Channel HD and to subscribe, please visit www.osn.com
OSN is the ultimate destination for the widest choice of brand new premium Western, Arabic, South Asian (Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil) and Filipino entertainment in the Middle East and Africa.
OSN is the home of nearly 140 channels filled with great value entertainment, offering viewers in the MENA region exclusive access to the latest blockbuster movies, top rated series, sports, documentaries, news, kid’s entertainment and live talk shows. The movie offering includes over a
100 uncut and uninterrupted movie premieres a month so viewers can watch them the way they were meant to be watched.
OSN boasts the most comprehensive portfolio of exclusive rights from all the major studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, Universal, HBO and DreamWorks and offers access to the world’s leading television brands including Disney channel, Sky News, Discovery Network and Nat Geo.
Launched in August 2013, OSN Pehla brings the best of Bollywood movies and premium cricket, including exclusive telecast rights of international tournaments such as the ICC Cricket World Cup and Indian cricket, through leading sports channels OSN Sports Cricket HD and Ten Cricket.
As the leader in innovation, OSN has changed the TV viewing experience by bringing quality entertainment through 37 High Definition channels and is currently the only network offering a full HD bouquet of channels as well as 3D entertainment in the region. OSN was the first to launch the DVR, the OSN DVR HD; the regions first online TV platform, OSN Play; the regions first 3D, HD, internet enabled satellite receiver and recorder, OSN Plus HD and the region’s first VOD service, OSN on Demand offering viewers the opportunity to watch over 1000 movies and 52 latest seasons of the top series, all available in full HD quality and Dolby Digital sound.
September 2012 saw the launch of OSN’s rewards programme, OSN Privileges, offering subscribers money can’t buy experiences, special offers and premium prizes all year round.
The OSN platform is owned and operated by Panther Media Group Limited; a company registered in DIFC, and is owned by KIPCO and Mawarid Group Limited.
About AMC/Sundance Channel Global:
AMC/Sundance Channel Global delivers compelling and globally renowned entertainment to audiences worldwide in multiple languages through locally tailored programming services, cutting edge media and subscription television platforms. The international arm of AMC Networks Inc., the division’s flagship channels include Sundance Channel and WE tv and are broadcast in both high and standard definition. Sundance Channel was founded by Robert Redford and showcases acclaimed independent films, from the newest festival award winners to the genre’s most beloved movies. Central to Sundance Channel’s appeal is its broadcast of original series from leading talent both in the US and abroad, including celebrated series Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels. Recently launched in Asia, WE tv is a leading entertainment brand in the US and caters to audiences who can’t get enough of celebrity driven reality and other widely appealing lifestyle programming.
About AMC Networks Inc.:
Dedicated to producing quality programming and movie content for more than 30 years, AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AMCX) owns and operates several of the most popular and award-winning brands in cable television. AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, and IFC Films produce and deliver distinctive, compelling and culturally relevant content that engages audiences across multiple platforms. The company also operates AMC/Sundance Channel Global, an international programming business, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology, a full-service network programming origination and distribution company.