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MGM, Sinclair to launch action-based network in the US
MUMBAI: Sinclair Broadcast Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) have announced that they will launch CHARGE! ,a new 24/7 action-based network that will feature more than 2,300 hours of TV series content and over 2,000 movie titles.
The new network will build on and leverage the infrastructure of Sinclair and MGM’s first network partnership, the science fiction multi-channel network COMET.
CHARGE! will debut in the first quarter of 2017 and is slated to reach in excess of 50 per cent of the US by the end of the second quarter by way of distribution deals outside of Sinclair’s footprint.
CHARGE! will stream the linear network feed via the native and mobile web, with complimentary streaming apps launching later in 2017. The network will feature a broad variety of action and adventure content from MGM’s library, including such popular TV series as “In the Heat of the Night” and “The Magnificent Seven”, and award-winning movies, including “Dances with Wolves” and “Platoon.” In addition, tent pole franchises “Rocky” and “James Bond” will appear on the network.
Sinclair and MGM’s network partnership began with the launch of COMET in October of 2015, and the network now reaches 83 per cent of the US and has built a loyal following of viewers that love classic science fiction programming. COMET is also the only multicast network that streams its linear feed on its website (www.comettv.com).
“MGM owns one of the deepest libraries of premium action-themed content in the world. This is another example of the synergies and audience value that can be created when you seamlessly combine content and distribution, and we are excited to broaden our relationship with MGM to another vertical,” said Sinclair president, CEO Chris Ripley.
“Action is a genre that viewers never seems to tire of watching, and we intend on bringing our best titles to CHARGE!. Sinclair’s been an ideal partner, and the distribution we expect to have at launch is phenomenal,” said MGM president, Domestic Television Distribution John Bryan.