International pay TV operator StarTimes and UK-based broadcaster African Movie Channel (AMC) have signed a deal that will bring back African Movie Channel Series (AMC Series) to the StarTimes DTT and DTH African platforms.
The agreement marks AMC Series’ return to StarTimes after it was removed last year. As the second premium channel from AMC, it complements the flagship AMC network, which has been on StarTimes DTT and DTH since 2012.
AMC Series is a premium 24-hour African entertainment channel featuring soaps, comedy, drama, Nollywood and African TV programming for the family.
Anona Langa, AMC’s head of productions and channel manager for AMC Series, said: “AMC Series has always satisfied the growing appetite for African TV serial and short content, and with its new look, including the injection of some exciting exclusive content from our very own production hub, AMCOP, we are sure to thrill current viewers.”
In addition, StarTimes subscribers will be offered action series such as Oghenekome, AMC in-house productions like AMC Movie Talk, The Hangout, AMC Music Lounge and Nollywood 360, as well as future programming including sitcoms, comedies and entertainment shows.
Yinka Mayungbo, founding director of AMC, said of the network’s return: “The relaunch of AMC Series on StarTimes comes with a promise to our StarTimes audience that the channel is back to stay. We heard the outcry that ensued following AMC Series’ departure in August last year. We are thoroughly delighted to be back, and this time for good.”
Lily Meng, deputy general manager of StarTimes Media Division, said: “StarTimes welcome all old friends like AMC to create better cooperation together in response to the expectation and requirement from our audiences. As an Africa-oriented media company, we trust that the joint effort put into local content will further facilitate the development of African culture.”
An Africa-wide broadcaster, with its services playing out of the UK and with offices in London and Lagos, AMC operates three 24-hour linear channels, the third being Nolly Africa, all offered on various TV platforms across Africa.
AMC Series is available on StarTimes DTT channel 017, and DTH channel 184.