Sundance Channel (United States)

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Sundance Channel
Sundance Channel logo used from 1996 to 2002.
Launched1996
Owned byShowtime Networks (1996-2008)
AMC Networks (2008-present)
SloganFor a change.
HeadquartersBethpage, New York
United States
Sister channel(s)AMC
IFC
WE tv
Websitehttp://www.sundancechannel.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV (US)Channel 558
Channel 1558 VOD
Dish Network (United States)Channel 358 (SD/HD)
DishHD (Taiwan)Channel 330 (HD)[clarification needed]
Astro (Malaysia)Channel 438 (HD)
OTE TVChannel 204 (HD)
Cable
Available on most cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
Telenet Digital TV (Flanders)Channel 63
UPC (Poland)Channel 493
Channel 494 (HD)
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 183
IPTV
Mio TV (Singapore)Channel 401 (HD)
Imagenio (Spain)Channel 43
 
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Sundance Channel
Sundance Channel logo used from 1996 to 2002.
Launched1996
Owned byShowtime Networks (1996-2008)
AMC Networks (2008-present)
SloganFor a change.
HeadquartersBethpage, New York
United States
Sister channel(s)AMC
IFC
WE tv
Websitehttp://www.sundancechannel.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV (US)Channel 558
Channel 1558 VOD
Dish Network (United States)Channel 358 (SD/HD)
DishHD (Taiwan)Channel 330 (HD)[clarification needed]
Astro (Malaysia)Channel 438 (HD)
OTE TVChannel 204 (HD)
Cable
Available on most cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
Telenet Digital TV (Flanders)Channel 63
UPC (Poland)Channel 493
Channel 494 (HD)
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 183
IPTV
Mio TV (Singapore)Channel 401 (HD)
Imagenio (Spain)Channel 43

Sundance Channel (stylized as sundance CHANNEL) is an American cable television network devoted to airing independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries, short films, and original programs, such as news about the latest developments from each year's Sundance Film Festival.

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History

Launched in February 1996 to show independent films on television, Sundance Channel was a joint venture of Showtime Networks (part of CBS Corporation), Universal Studios (part of NBCUniversal), and Robert Redford who also acted as the creative director of the network. The channel initially launched on five cable systems in New York City; Los Angeles; Alexandria, Virginia; Chamblee, Georgia; and Pensacola, Florida[1]

Redford partnered with Showtime Networks to launch the channel after negotiations between Redford and the Independent Film Channel for Redford to become a partner in the channel broke down in 1994.[2] The channel got its name from Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.[citation needed] It is an extension of Redford's non-profit Sundance Institute. The channel operates independently of both the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.[citation needed] Certain providers offered Sundance Channel as part of the Showtime premium movie package.[citation needed]

In addition to broadcasting films, the channel airs and produces original content. One such show, Anatomy of a Scene, takes a scene from a movie and breaks it apart from the perspective of the production design, costume design, the writing, the acting, and the directing.[citation needed]

On May 7, 2008, Rainbow Media (a subsidiary of Cablevision) announced that it had purchased Sundance Channel for $496 million.[3] Rainbow Media also owns the cable channels AMC, IFC, WE tv, and News 12, and owned the defunct Voom HD Networks. The acquisition of Sundance Channel by Rainbow Media was completed in June 2008.[4] On July 1, 2011, Rainbow Media was spun off by its parent company, Cablevision; with this spin-off, the company was renamed AMC Networks.[citation needed]

Current programming

Current programming includes:[5]

International

Sundance channel launched in France in 2009 on Numericable.[8]

On March 1, 2010, a Canadian version of sundance channel was launched by Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment. Rainbow Media does not own any stake in this channel but have signed a license agreement with Corus Entertainment allowing them to use the sundance channel brand as well as access to sundance channel programming.[9]

Since then Sundance Channel continued to expand its international distribution and rolled out on Astro B.yond (Malaysia); SFR, Numericable and Free (France); Telenet (Belgium); Caiway (the Netherlands); UPC Polska (Poland); Skylife and KT (South Korea); SingTel’s mio TV (Singapore); and Corus Entertainment (Canada).[10]

Sundance channel launched in Greece in July 18, 2011 as a linear channel on OTE TV) and also it broadcasts on HD as Sundance Channel HD only via satellite.

References

  1. ^ "Sundance readying for February debut". Broadcasting & Cable (HighBeam Research). December 4, 1995. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-17842964.html. Retrieved February 28, 2011.(subscription required)
  2. ^ Brown, Rich (January 23, 1995). "Redford, Showtime form movie channel". Broadcasting & Cable (HighBeam Research). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-16217885.html. Retrieved February 28, 2011.(subscription required)
  3. ^ Stelter, Brian (May 7, 2008). "Cablevision Unit Buys Sundance Channel". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/08/business/media/08sundance.html. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 18, 2008). "Cablevision Buys Sundance". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/18/arts/18arts-CABLEVISIONB_BRF.html?ref=arts. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  5. ^ "Series". Sundance Channel. http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  6. ^ "The Green". Sundance Channel. http://www.sundancechannel.com/thegreen/.[dead link]
  7. ^ Matheson, Whitney (30 November 2010). "Coming soon: 'Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys'". USA Today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/popcandy/post/2010/11/coming-soon-girls-who-like-boys-who-like-boys/1. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  8. ^ Briel, Robert (25 March 2009). "Sundance Channel debuts on Numericable". Broadband TV News. http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2009/03/25/sundance-channel-debuts-on-numericable/. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  9. ^ "Sundance Channel Rises in Canada" (Press release). Corus Entertainment. 8 December 2009. http://www.corusent.com/home/Corporate/PressReleases/tabid/1697/Default.aspx?Id=1777. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  10. ^ Briel, Robert (7 October 2010). "Sundance expands international distribution". Broadband TV News. http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2010/10/07/sundance-expands-international-distribution/. Retrieved 2012-10-08.

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