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MetalGearRex1,498 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
Press release:

Quote:
Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) is launching a second Sony-branded, Free-To-Air TV channel on Tuesday 6 Feb bringing crime fans a carefully curated schedule full of the best scripted and non-scripted entertainment from the genre.

Sony Crime Channel hits TV screens with a slate of absorbing channel premieres including the Free-To-Air premiere of smash hit series, Orange is the New Black (s1-4); Jed Mercutio’s award-winning cop corruption drama Line of Duty (S1-3); the UK premiere of Real Detective: North of the Border; and crime show stalwarts such as Person of Interest, CSI, Deadly Women, Hustle and Law & Order.

To celebrate the launch night SPTN will broadcast Sony Crime Channel simultaneously across sister channels True Entertainment and truTV from 9pm in a special event designed to showcase the channel to the biggest audience. The simulcast stunt will feature a criminally good line-up starting with Person of Interest (s1 ep1) at 9pm, CSI (s11 ep1) at 10pm and the Free-To-Air premiere of Orange is the New Black (s1 ep1) at 11pm.

With a predominantly female audience, Sony Crime Channel will create a one-stop destination for crime fans to immerse themselves in the genre with a vibrant fusion of fascinating stories, heart-pounding thrills, engrossing characters and stunning reveals. It launches on Freeview 60, Sky 157 and Virgin Media 193.


Link: http://www.sonycrimechannel.co.uk/news/sony-crime-channel-launch

I guess this is a rebrand of True Crime - with the central difference being that there is a much better slate of content. It also seems to be launching on the current EPG slots currently occupied by the Sony Channel - where will they move that channel?

Either way, it highlights that Sony is willing to take the current crime format for their True Crime service and double down on their Freeview presence as a result.
'Even by our standards, that was remarkably unproductive.' - Andrew Neil
MetalGearRex1,498 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
Isn't True Crimes on Freeview via the local muitplex? If so why not switch Trutv around with that and give it an even better slot and wider range for Freeview.

Yep, and if this new channel is kept on the Local mux, it's a missed opportunity for Sony to bolster their growing ratings in the FTA ecosystem. Especially when they're offering what is a more appealing proposition with the Sony Crime Channel.

Then again, True Crime has a stable viewership equal with that of TruTV, so this may not concern them in the slightest.
'Even by our standards, that was remarkably unproductive.' - Andrew Neil
Stuart6,896 posts since 13 Oct 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
I guess this is a rebrand of True Crime - with the central difference being that there is a much better slate of content. It also seems to be launching on the current EPG slots currently occupied by the Sony Channel - where will they move that channel?

I presume they're going to do some shuffling of the +1s if the rebranded True Crime is moving to 157 on Sky, as I don't think they'll do a straight swap and move the Sony Channel all the way down to 184.
zeebre1241 posts since 31 Dec 2017
Sony Crime Channel will probably have a better slate of content than Sony Channel meanwhile their pay TV channel Sony Channel will probably still air repeats of Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Celebrity Ghost Stories, Hotel Babylon and Saving Hope. Person of Interest/CSI may be shown on Sony Channel also? Sony Channel seems to be showing a lot more movies lately. What channel currently has the free to air rights to CSI and Person of Interest? Having 'Sony' in the channel name will be more attractive along with the additions of the crime dramas. Fox seems to be doing the same thing with Your TV by adding more scripted crime dramas with less focus on the cheap true crime series.
What do you think the will do with Tru TV in the long term as Sony Crime has the crime angle covered?
zeebre1241 posts since 31 Dec 2017
Where would non-crime shows like The Night Shift, Saving Hope (both ended) but Younger (renewed) go if Sony Channel did close. Will they knock their pay TV channel Sony Channel down the EPG and have free to air channel Sony Crime Channel in a more prominent position on the EPG?
If they were going to axe any it would be better axing TruTV and have the 3 Sony branded channels FTA (replace TruTV with Sony Channel)
- Sony Channel (general mix of everything with scripted non-crime shows and AGT etc.)
- Sony Movie Channel (Movies)
- Sony Crime Channel (Crime related shows)
Sony Channel serves really no purpose as a pay TV channel. The content is poor for a pay channel. Why could it not go FTA also?
TellyTime94 posts since 9 Jan 2017
Relaunching their True Crime channel as the Sony Crime Channel seems fine, but if they are indeed closing down the main Sony Channel that's quite a shock and a sudden change in strategy.

All the headlines are about Sony adding a new free channel but should be about Sony abandoning pay TV.
gottago2,665 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
Relaunching their True Crime channel as the Sony Crime Channel seems fine, but if they are indeed closing down the main Sony Channel that's quite a shock and a sudden change in strategy.

All the headlines are about Sony adding a new free channel but should be about Sony abandoning pay TV.

They do indeed appear to be closing Sony Channel according the Broadcast. I guess it's made so little impact that no one's that bothered. I wonder if any of their non-crime content will show up on any of the free channels.
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