|Launched||February 1, 1996|
|Owned by||Showtime Networks, Inc. & NBCUniversal (1996-2008)
AMC Networks (2008-present)
Robert Redford (1996-2008)
(via Sundance Group)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Headquarters||New York City|
|Formerly called||Sundance Channel (1996-2014)|
|DirecTV (US)||Channel 557 (HD)
Channel 1557 (HD)
|Dish Network (US)||Channel 126 (HD/SD)|
|DishHD (Taiwan)||Channel 330 (HD)|
|Cosmote TV (Greece)||Channel 206 (HD)|
|Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland)||Channel 53 (SD)
Channel 143 (HD)
|nc+ (Poland)||Channel 57 (HD)|
|Sky Brasil (Brazil)||Channel 68-1/268 (HD)
Channel 1268 (VOD)
|OSN (MENA)||Channel 35 (HD)|
|Cablelink (Philippines)||Channel 303|
|Telenet Digital TV (Flanders)||Channel 63|
|UPC (Poland)||Channel 493
Channel 494 (HD)
|VTR (Chile)||Channel 784 (HD)|
Channel 110 (SD)Channel 152 (HD)
|Verizon FiOS||735 (HD)
|AT&T U-Verse||1798 (HD)
|Movistar TV (Spain)||Channel 43|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol television|
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Sundance TV (stylized as SundanceTV, formerly known as Sundance Channel) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by AMC Networks. The channel is devoted to airing documentaries, independent feature films, short films, world cinema, and original programs, such as news about the latest developments from each year's Sundance Film Festival. However, in recent years, it has incorporated scripted and reality series into its schedule. It has become fully ad-supported with commercials in 2013, with content being censored soon thereafter.
As of July 2015, the channel is available to approximately 60.668 million households with television (52.1% of all subscribers) in the United States. In March 2015, Dish Network's Sling TV announced it would soon begin making AMC channels available to cord cutters, including AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV, and WE tv.
After negotiations during 1994 broke down to turn Robert Redford into a partner in AMC Networks predecessor Rainbow Media's Independent Film Channel, Redford launched Sundance Channel in February 1996 as a joint venture between Showtime Networks (then a division of Viacom, now owned by CBS Corporation), NBC, and Redford (who also served as the creative director of the network).
The channel was initially launched on five cable systems in New York City; Los Angeles; Alexandria, Virginia; Chamblee, Georgia; and Pensacola, Florida. It originally operated mainly as a premium channel, commonly packaged with Showtime and its sister networks The Movie Channel and Flix. The channel got its name from Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and, while it is an extension of Redford's non-profit Sundance Institute, the channel operates independently of both the Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.
Strictly a movie channel in its early years, Sundance Channel expanded into original programming by the early 2000s. After limited attempts at original programming - City Of Men, House of Boateng, Iconoclasts, The Al Franken Show, The First Amendment Project. The Hill, and TransGeneration - Sundance Channel expanded its programming in 2007 by ordering One Punk Under God, Sin City Law, and a prime-time environmental block called "The Green." While the first two programs lasted only one season, the environmental block lasted until 2009.
On May 7, 2008, the Rainbow Media subsidiary of Cablevision (owners of AMC, IFC, WE tv, and News 12 Networks, and the defunct Voom HD Networks) announced that it had purchased Sundance Channel for $496 million. The acquisition of Sundance Channel by Rainbow Media was completed in June 2008. On July 1, 2011, Rainbow Media was spun off from Cablevision into a separate company, which was renamed AMC Networks.
Sundance saw a rapid expansion of its documentary and unscripted series slate during this period; however, very few of the shows lasted beyond their first season, with the rest being cancelled after their second. 2010 did see the channel's first miniseries, Carlos, which could be credited as the start of the future shift in programming for the channel.
2012 saw the premieres of two new unscripted series in the form of Get To Work and Push Girls, before the channel's second miniseries, Restless, premiered in December. Restless went on to receive two Emmy Award nominations. It was also announced that Sundance had picked up its first solely owned original series, and former developmental project from sister channel AMC, Rectify, and its third miniseries Top of the Lake.
On March 4, 2013, Sundance began airing AMC's Breaking Bad, to which the channel has exclusive syndication rights, on Monday nights. The seven-part miniseries Top of the Lake premiered on March 18, 2013, while gaining critical acclaim before eventually receiving eight Emmy nominations. Rectify then premiered on April 22, 2013, and was the third straight original scripted program from Sundance to receive critical praise. Continuing its push as a destination spot for series on Monday nights, the second season of Push Girls followed, before leading way to the new talk show The Writers' Room, where each episode features a behind-the-scenes look at the writing staff of a popular television series. October saw the premieres of Dream School and The Returned and the channel become fully ad supported.
On January 27, 2014, it was announced that the Sundance Channel would rebrand as Sundance TV on February 1, 2014 that featured a new logo. 2014 featured the channel's fourth miniseries The Honourable Woman, the channel's second solely owned original scripted series The Red Road, the new reality series Loredana, ESQ, and the second seasons of Rectify, The Writer's Room, and The Returned. This channel also picked up the series Hap and Leonard for 6 episodes based on the series of novels by Joe R. Lansdale. On June 27, 2016, the show was renewed for a second season.
Part of the reason for the rebranding was to remove the emphasis on independent movies. Recent programming has included large blocks of reruns of old mainstream TV fare such as Law and Order, Criminal Minds, and The Andy Griffith Show. They have also aired either critically bashed or middle-of-the-road fare such as The Break-Up and Columbiana. Very little of the current programming has been shown at Sundance Film Festival, or other noted film festivals, for that matter.
Sundance has also failed to get carried on HD Tiers on most cable systems such as XFINITY.
Over time, Sundance Channel has expanded its international distribution in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
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