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[10/18/10 - 10:12 AM]
Sony Movie Channel Launches on DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse TV
Programming is selected from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films, which collectively have received 184 Academy Awards.

[via press release from Sony Pictures Television]

Sony Movie Channel Launches on DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse TV

Superna Kalle Named General Manager

CULVER CITY, Calif., Oct. 18 -- Sony Movie Channel, the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Television (SPT), is now available on DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse(R) TV on linear as well as on authenticated VOD and online platforms. It was announced today by Andy Kaplan, president, networks, Sony Pictures Television.

Offering uncut and uninterrupted theatrical releases in stunning high definition, Sony Movie Channel showcases titles from Sony Pictures' vast library, including award-winning features, cult favorites, family comedies and gripping dramas.

"We're seeing a strong demand for high definition movie content," said Andy Kaplan, president, networks, Sony Pictures Television. "In an effort to meet consumers' needs, Sony Movie Channel was designed specifically for the Hollywood movie fan, bringing our high-quality catalogue of feature films directly to viewers."

Sony Movie Channel will be managed by Superna Kalle who will oversee distribution, marketing, programming and all other operations for the network.

"Superna has played an integral role in the growth of our international channels business and we'll continue to count on her expertise in the management of Sony Movie Channel," said Kaplan. "I'm thrilled to broaden her responsibilities as her clear vision for the network makes her the ideal candidate to lead SPT in this new direction."

Through carriage deals with DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse TV, Sony Movie Channel will be available as part of HD programming lineups to subscribers nationwide. Sony Movie Channel is located in the HD Platinum package on DISH Network channel 386, in DIRECTV HD Xtra Pack on channel 563 and in the AT&T U-verse HD Premium Tier on channel 1791. DISH Network will offer Sony Movie Channel in free access for one month to all subscribers beginning Oct. 18. Sony Movie Channel will also be available on DishOnline.com and as VOD content to subscribers of its HD Platinum package.

Programming is selected from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films, which collectively have received 184 Academy Awards(R) including 12 for Best Picture. A sampling of titles available to viewers includes:

"The Graduate"

"Philadelphia"

"In The Company Of Men"

"Ghostbusters II"

"Das Boot"

"The Fisher King"

In addition to her role as general manager of Sony Movie Channel, Kalle will continue to provide leadership to SPT's television networks business in the U.S. which includes GSN, FEARnet and the upcoming 3D channel joint venture with Discovery and IMAX. Currently, she works with each channel's management to ensure profitability and establish overall business priorities and new initiatives for the channels. In addition, Kalle sits on the board of FEARnet.

For more information about Sony Movie Channel, visit www.sonymoviechannel.com.

About Sony Movie Channel

Sony Movie Channel is the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Television created specifically for the Hollywood movie fan. Offering uncut and uninterrupted theatrical releases in stunning high definition, Sony Movie Channel showcases titles from Sony Pictures' vast library including award-winning features, cult favorites, family comedies and gripping dramas. Programming is selected from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films, which collectively have received 184 Academy Awards including 12 for Best Picture. Sony Movie Channel is available on DISH Network, DIRECTV and AT&T U-Verse TV on linear as well as on authenticated VOD and online platforms.

About Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, including series, telefilms, theatrical releases and family entertainment around the world and for every platform: broadcast and cable television, first-run and off-network syndication and digital distribution. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of feature films and television shows, SPT boasts a current program slate that includes the top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. Internationally, SPT is a leader in local language productions around the world, some of which are co-produced with local partners, and sells SPE-owned formats in approximately 70 countries. To better serve its clients and partners worldwide, SPT maintains offices throughout the world, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Venezuela and the United Kingdom. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio is a key strategy in SPE's long-range commitment to the global marketplace, with 122 channel feeds, which are available in more than 140 countries reaching almost 438 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns Dutch entertainment company 2waytraffic, production company Embassy Row and an HD movie channel, and is a part owner of cable channel GSN, a new 3D channel joint venture with Discovery and IMAX, FEARnet, the premier horror/thriller website and VOD service, and national media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premiere national advertising sales companies, handling the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in all of SPE's digital businesses in the United States. SPT (www.sonypicturestelevision.com) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.





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