Roku Channel Adds AMC Networks 11 FAST Free Streaming Channels

Roku Channel Adds AMC Networks 11 FAST Free Streaming Channels

AMC Networks is bringing 11 new free, ad-supported TV (FAST) channels to Roku Channel — including a selection of episodes from hit shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men” — under a multi-year expansion of the companies’ content pact.

The 11 FAST channels on Roku Channel, created and programmed by AMC Networks, include one exclusive channel: AMC Showcase, which will feature several AMC signature dramas, including “Mad Men.” AMC Network’s portfolio of other FAST channels includes The Walking Dead Universe, Stories by AMC, AMC Thrillers, Slightly Off IFC, All Weddings WE tv, All Reality WE tv, IFC Film Picks, Portlandia, Allblk Gems and AMC en Español.

In addition, the global deal will continue to make AMC Networks’ streaming services AMC+, Shudder and Acorn TV available through Premium subscriptions to the Roku Channel. Under the deal, AMC Networks’ HIDIVE anime service will launch as a Premium subscription on the Roku Channel at some point in the future.

The pact will also bring an expanded selection of ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) content from AMC Networks, particularly movies and reality shows from WE tv.

The Roku deal “serves our strategic goal of distributing and curating high-quality content across a coordinated ecosystem that includes our own networks and streaming services and leading partner platforms,” ​​said Kim Kelleher, chief commercial officer of AMC Networks. “We are thrilled to be in business with Roku and to have expanded this key partner relationship for years to come.”

The expansion of AMC Networks’ deal with Roku comes a day after Roku reported third-quarter 2022 results that beat Wall Street forecasts but warned of a fourth-quarter revenue drop amid macroeconomic headwinds, including a decline in ad spending.

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Launched in 2017, Roku Channel was a top 5 channel on the Roku platform in the US by active account reach in the third quarter – and the company said Roku Channel’s third-quarter streaming hours increased more than 90% year-over-year, although the company do not break out these numbers.

Currently, Roku Channel has a selection of more than 80,000 free movies and TV shows and 300 plus free live linear TV channels in the US. It licenses and distributes content from more than 250 partners.

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