AMC is finally coming to the UK. The channel, which is behind such shows as Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, will finally be launching in the UK this September after AMC Networks International agreed a multi-year carriage deal with BT, who will make the channel available via YouView.
The channel has secured the exclusive UK television rights to The Waking Dead spin-off Fear The Walking Dead, which will be a key element of AMC UK’s launch schedule when the channel debuts later this year. The channel will also air upcoming AMC original series, as well as acquire series from outside producers and air a range of feature films. Existing licensing deals for AMC programming – such as FOX UK’s deal for The Walking Dead and Amazon’s deal for streaming rights – will not be effected
“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 UK”, said Ed Carroll, COO of AMC Networks. “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.”
The UK is the latest market that AMC Networks International has launched the AMC channel brand in since they acquired Chellomedia’s portfolio of global channels in 2014. Over the past 12 months they have launched the channel, known as AMC Global, in more than 120 territories.
Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV and BT Sport, said, “We’re delighted to be launching AMC for the first time in the UK, 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 US 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.”