The CBS AMC UK Channels Partnership, a joint venture between AMC Networks International and CBS Studios International, today announced that its branded, on-demand players – “Horror Bites” and “CBS Catchup Channels UK” – have launched on YouView, the award-winning hybrid television platform, a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva.
Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK will be rolling out across all YouView connected set-top boxes and smart televisions including TalkTalk TV and BT TV homes. Viewers will be able to catch up on shows from Horror Channel, CBS Reality, CBS Drama and CBS Justice up to thirty days after broadcast, and will also be able to access on-demand content, in the form of box sets and CBS Reality original content such as “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files”, “Murder by the Sea” and “Written in Blood”.
The players join other premium on-demand services on the platform including Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Now TV and will be accessible to YouView’s growing user base.
Tanya Gugenheim, SVP, Business Development, AMC Networks International said, “This launch is part of our strategy to accelerate the availability of our strong and popular drama, true crime and entertainment content on new platforms, and we’re excited to be able to provide YouView’s audience with our diverse programming on-demand.”
David Faulkner, Head of Corporate and Business Development, YouView said: “It’s great to welcome on board both Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK to YouView’s on-demand services. It will give our growing base an enhanced plethora of content to choose from”.
The roll out has been supported by Simplestream, one of the UK’s leading OTT services provider.
The CBS UK channels continue to be one of the fastest-growing channel portfolios in the UK with CBS Reality being the UK’s biggest factual entertainment channel amongst adult women and Horror Channel being the second biggest free to air movie channel amongst men 25-54.