New SKY Movie Channel Launched
Wednesday, 4 April 2001
SKY LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE NEW 24-HOUR MGM MOVIE CHANNEL ON ITS DIGITAL SERVICE
SKY Television and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (NYSE: MGM) have forged a new alliance to launch a 24-hour MGM-branded movie channel on SKY's growing Digital platform, starting 8.30pm, Sunday, June 3.
The channel will exclusively showcase round-the-clock offerings from MGM's vast collection of films - arguably the greatest and most expansive modern film library in the world.
Titles span such Oscar winning favourites as; The Best Years of Our Lives, Marty, Tom Jones, In The Heat Of The Night, Midnight Cowboy, Rocky and Annie Hall to perennial favourites such as Wuthering Heights, Some Like It Hot, The Sweet Smell Of Success, The Train, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Magnificent Seven and Sunday Bloody Sunday. The channel will also feature complete series of films including, The James Bond collection, The Pink Panther series, 70's European cinema, Blaxploitation and more modern titles such as City Slickers, Robocop and Silence of the Lambs.
The MGM Movie Channel will initially be available on the basic tier of SKY's Digital satellite service, which currently reaches more than 235,000 households throuhout the country. The main movie of the night will play at 8.30pm and all movies will be uncut and uninterrupted.
"MGM is arguably the greatest movie studio of all time, so to be able to join forces with them to add this superb and exclusive channel to the SKY Digital package is quite a coup," says SKY Television's Chief Executive Officer, John Fellet.
"We look forward to building on our already successful relationship with SKY and to the opportunities for the MGM Movie Channel in this market and other potential neighbouring territories," adds Jim Griffiths, President, MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.