MGM Channel (European TV channel)

MGM Channel
Launched 2001 (2001)
Closed 5 November 2014 (2014-11-05)
Owned by MGM Networks (2001-2012)
Chellomedia (2012-2014)
AMC Networks International (2014)
Picture format 4:3/16:9 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
16:9 576i (Video-on-demand)
Country Netherlands
Broadcast area Balkans
Benelux
Eastern Europe
Iberia
Israel
Replaced by AMC
Website MGM Netherlands
Canal MGM Spain

MGM Channel, sometimes called just MGM and in Spain Canal MGM, was a European 24-hour film channel that was launched by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Germany in 2001,[1] later followed by other European countries. The programming of the channel mainly consisted of movies from MGM's library comprising approximately 4,000 titles, including West Side Story, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Madhouse, The Manchurian Candidate, 12 Angry Men, amongst many others.[2] The main language was in English and the films were locally subtitled or dubbed. Some cable operators did offer MGM video on demand.[3]

The European version has been operated by Chello Zone and was fully owned by Chellomedia since 2012. Only the German version of the MGM Channel is still owned by MGM.[4] AMC Networks acquired Chellomedia on 2 February 2014. Chellomedia was rebranded by AMC Networks International on 8 July 2014.[5]

The channel rebranded as AMC on 5 November 2014.[6]

References

  1. Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B.Tauris. p. 145. ISBN 9780857717474. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. Unknown (2012). "MGM Channel - Netherlands" (in Dutch). MGM Channel.
  3. Unknown (2011). "MGM Channel" (in Dutch). UPC Nederland.
  4. Julian Clover (2 August 2012). "Chellomedia acquires MGM Networks". Broadband TV News.
  5. BroadbandTVNews.com: Chellomedia to become AMC Networks International
  6. Robert Briel (20 September 2014). "AMC set for November launch in Europe". Broadband TV News.
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