Sundance Channel expands further in Eastern Europe

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has inked new deals to launch the network in Romania and extend its presence in Hungary and Belgium.
March 5, 2012

AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, has inked several new carriage deals with affiliates of cable giant Liberty Global to expand across in Europe.

Territories in the deals include Romania,  Hungary and an expanded carriage deal on Telenet in Belgium. The channel will launch in Romania on Liberty Global’s DTH platform, Focus Sat, and expand its carriage in Hungary through the country’s largest cable operator, UPC, on the heels of its Hungarian and Czech and Slovak Republic launches on Liberty Global’s UPC DTH service last summer.

In Belgium, Sundance Channel is now available as a 24/7 linear television service on Telenet, subtitled in Flemish and French. Previously, it was only available in Brussels, and the deal makes the channel available in some 1.4 million Belgian homes.

These deals follow AMC/Sundance Channel’s announcement earlier this month that the network will launch in the Netherlands in March in partnership with Film1, a film channel run by Liberty Global’s Chellomedia division.

Earlier this year, Sundance also expanded its presence in France, Poland and Taiwan. It is also available in Portugal and Spain, as well as many other countries in Europe and Asia.

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