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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

MGM channel to change to the AMC channel in November on both DStv and StarSat; will add drama series and wider range of movies.


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MGM (DStv 140 / StarSat 142) on MultiChoice's DStv and on On Digital Media's (ODM) StarSat platforms will be changing to AMC in November this year TV with Thinus can reveal, although a specific date in November is not yet known.

AMC Networks International announced the global name-change for its MGM channel last week and said that MGM will rebrand globally in all the different territories before the end of the year.

Once MGM changes to AMC in November for South African viewers, the rebranded and repositioned TV channel will add more movies from Sony and the Paramount film libraries beyond just the MGM movie vault.

AMC Networks International will also add TV shows produced by AMC Studios like the dramas Halt and Catch Fire and The Divide to MGM which until now has been a movies only channel.

"We intend to reproduce our United States strategy, expanding AMC's brand throughout the world and creating a new way of distribution our original content," Ed Carroll, operations director at AMC Networks, said last week in a statement..

"The international interest in our productions, plus movies from the main production houses to complete our schedule, means a great opportunity to make AMC an international entertainment channel," saisd Bruce Tuchman, AMC global's president, in last week's statement.

AMC Networks International runs channels on DStv and StarSat like CBS Reality, CBS Drama, CBS Action, JimJam, Extreme Sports Channel and MGM - which will now become AMC in November.