AMC (TV channel)
|Launched||October 1, 1984|
|Owned by||AMC Networks|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Broadcast area||United States|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York|
|Formerly called||American Movie Classics (1984-2002)|
|Dish Network||131 (HD/SD)|
|Bell TV||1281 (HD)|
|Shaw Direct||281 or 364 (HD)|
239 or 609 (SD)
|Available on most American and Canadian cable providers||Check local listings for channels|
|Verizon FiOS||731 (HD)|
|AT&T U-verse||1795 (HD)|
|Bell Fibe TV||1339 (HD)|
|Optik TV||411 (HD)|
AMC is an American cable and satellite television channel. The channel is owned by AMC Networks and airs television shows and movies. AMC stands for American Movie Classics, which the channel was first based around. Currently is referred to as AMC due to its primary shift from only movies to also featuring television shows.
History[change | change source]
Beginning[change | change source]
In 1984 on October 1, the AMC television channel aired for the time as a premium channel, showing only movie classics. It was on in the evening, and frequently held special events such as marathons and sometimes movies that generally weren't aired as classics. In 1988 it had been recorded that AMC had 39 million subscribers in the United States, making it one of the most subscribed to premium channels. Two years later, in 1990, AMC started airing 24 hours, and had been picked up by most cable providers.
Expansion[change | change source]
In 2002 AMC switched from airing only movie classics to modern movies of all genres and television shows. During this switch, they also started using a new logo "Story Matters Here". In 2004 AMC aired its first original show called Film Fakers. After the success of the show, AMC started adding more original series and movies. The first original drama series, Mad Men. The show received a large number of views and great feedback, resulting in a boom of original shows such as Breaking Bad and Hell on Wheels.
Television Show Boom[change | change source]
After many television awards and critical acclaim from shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC started creating many more original shows. During this change, AMC created its well known slogan, "Story Matters Here". The slogan referred to the many shows that had created at the time, many of which had been praised great stories told through them. It was also during this time that The Walking Dead TV show was announced and aired. Currently it holds the title as most watched scripted cable show in history.
Present[change | change source]
Currently, AMC has left its previous slogan for "Something More". It is continuing to air The Walking Dead, which is on its tenth season, along with new shows such as Comic Book Men and Small Town Security. It has been announced that it will be picking up two new shows, Halt & Catch Fire and Turn, two period dramas that will be airing in 2014. This year, the only new show is Mob City, a scripted show about the Los Angeles Police Department.
Shows[change | change source]
Archived[change | change source]
- Breaking Bad
- Broken Trail
- Rubicon (TV series)
- Talking Bad
- The Killing (U.S. TV series)
- Hell on Wheels (TV series)
- Low Winter Sun
- Mad Men
- The Prisoner (2009 miniseries)
- Comic Book Men
- Freakshow (TV series)
- Small Town Security
Airing[change | change source]
- The Walking Dead
- Better Call Saul
- Talking Dead
- Dispatches from Elsewhere
Webisodes[change | change source]
- The Walking Dead: The Oath
- The Walking Dead: Cold Storage
- The Walking Dead: Torn Apart
- The Trivial Pursuits of Arthur Banks
AMCTV.com[change | change source]
AMCTV.com is an website provides special features for users, such as the airing schedule, blogs, videos, games.
Schedule[change | change source]
This online feature allows viewers to see what date and time shows are airing, as well as when new episodes will be available. Another the schedule allows users to do, is know when AMC movies will be airing. A recently added ability allows users to see all of when a specific episode is going to be rerun.
Videos[change | change source]
Videos provides behind the scenes looks at many of the shows, as well as previews for upcoming episodes. Although the videos are usually fairly short, consisting around a three minutes long, they provide fans with small bits of special information that most viewers want to see.
Blogs[change | change source]
The blogs consists of short stories about certain episodes for different shows. These blogs, are all made by AMC editors, and usually don't contain any useful information about new shows or episodes. This feature is the least used, and the least updated.
Games[change | change source]
The category of games, is filled with trivia questions for selected shows, having the only possibilities being getting the answer right, getting it wrong, and running out of time on the timer. Recently, trivia questions for movies have been added in this category along with the television shows.