OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, has signed a landmark deal with Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, 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.