CHANNEL 5 STRIKES LANDMARK FTA DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH A+E NETWORKS® UK

Blaze Monday, September 4, 2017 - 11:45

LONDON, Monday 4 September 2017 – Channel 5 has today announced that its increasingly popular video on demand service My5 now offers an array of content from free-to-air entertainment channel BLAZE™, part of the portfolio of A+E Networks® UK. This marks the first time a commercial UK public service broadcaster has provided a branded presence for another UK broadcaster on its on-demand platform.

From today, My5 viewers can access a selection of BLAZE content, updated every month, including many hit A+E Networks UK shows such as Swamp People, Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire and Billy the Exterminator. The content is available on the My5 website as well as iOS and Android devices and Samsung Smart TVs, with further platforms to follow shortly.

James Tatam, VP Commercial, Operations and Strategic Services, Channel 5, commented: “This exciting next phase in the evolution of My5 builds on our recent successes in offering exclusive box set content for the platform.  We’re excited to partner with A+E Networks UK; their high quality  programming from around the world broadens the appeal of My5 and we look forward to announcing further content deals in the future.”

Heather Jones, UK General Manager, A+E Networks, said: “It is exciting to be working in partnership with Channel 5, to enable BLAZE to reach an even wider audience through the My5 digital platform. Since its UK launch last year, BLAZE is proving to be a great addition to the A+E Networks portfolio and today’s announcement is another key development in our ambitions for the brand.”

My5 continues to house all of the most popular programming from across the Channel 5 family – Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA and Spike – from Blind Date, Big Brother and The Highland Midwife, to Lip Sync Battle UK, GPs: Behind Closed Doors and Cruising with Jane McDonald. The content line-up is further bolstered by My5 exclusives, including recently acquired series Wonderland and the forthcoming East Los High.

The announcement is part of Channel 5’s strategy to grow viewing beyond broadcast; building on the reach of My5 as the most widely available commercial broadcaster on-demand platform and providing additional depth and breadth of content across genres.  ENDS

Notes

The full list of BLAZE content to be available on My5 from September 2017

  • Alcatraz: The Search For The Truth

  • American Restoration

  • America’s Book of Secrets

  • Ancient Aliens

  • Billy the Exterminator

  • Forged in Fire

  • Godfather Legacy, The

  • Hardcore Pawn

  • Pawn Stars

  • Storage Wars

  • Swamp People

  • Homicide Hunter

  • Texas Rising

  • The Curse of Oak Island

  • The Godfather Legacy

  • Vikings Season 1

About Channel 5

Channel 5 launched as Britain's fifth public service channel in March 1997 and has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks since September 2014.  Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, Spike and My5 reach 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content for all the family across entertainment, documentaries, sport, drama from the UK and US, films, reality, comedy, children’s and news. 

About A+E Networks UK

A+E Networks® UK is a joint venture between A+E Networks® and Sky. Its portfolio of quality factual and entertainment channels includes HISTORY®, Lifetime®, Crime + Investigation®, H2® and new free-to-air channel BLAZE™. A+E Networks UK launched in November 1995 and now operates 18 channels, broadcasting into 56 million homes across 102 countries in the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The venture has offices in London, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Johannesburg. BLAZE™ is currently available in over 21 million homes across the UK and Ireland on FREEVIEW 63/ SKY 565/ VIRGIN MEDIA 216/FREESAT 162. Facebook: BLAZETVUK Twitter: @BLAZETVUK