Reelz Channel lands on Bright House Networks, giving most Tampa Bay cable viewers access to The Kennedys
When I called one cable company official to ask about Reelz Channel -- the obscure, movie centered cable channel which bought rights to air the controversial miniseries The Kennedys -- the guy hadn't even heard of the platform, which airs shows featuring noted film critics such as Leonard Maltin and Richard Roeper.
Now the channel is triumphantly announcing a deal with Bright House Networks to bring the channel to systems in five states, including Florida. Since Bright House's main competitior locally, Verizon Fios, already carries Reelz, this means most Tampa Bay area TV viewers will now be able to see The Kennedys, which debuts Sunday.
Noted Hollywood conservative and Kennedys executive producer Joel Surnow has often accused the miniseries' original patron, the History channel, of bowing to political pressure when they passed on airing the program, which sometimes paints a less-than-flattering portrait of the storied family. But critics have since suggested the real reason the channel might have pronounced the miniseries "not a fit for the History brand," because it's not that good.
Regardless, Reelz likely has used the miniseries as a wedge to gain extra clearances for their channel on cable systems, in the same way Turner Broadcasting used the NCAA tournament to spread carriage of its truTV and truTV HD channels (Bright House picked up truTV HD right before the tournament broadcasts began).
Looks like Tampa Bay audiences can decide for themselves whether Reelz spent its money wisely.
The official release from Reelz is below:
REELZCHANNEL LAUNCHES ON BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS
Viewers in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana and Michigan to See TV About Movies®
(Albuquerque, NM) March 31, 2011 – REELZCHANNEL—TV About Movies®, the only cable/ satellite network dedicated to everything about movies, brings its popular lineup of programming to Bright House Networks. The announcement was made by John deGarmo, REELZCHANNEL SVP of Sales and Distribution.
“We're delighted to be a part of the Bright House Networks television lineup,” said deGarmo. “REELZCHANNEL provides movie fans with a valuable source for movie entertainment and information. The number one place people watch movies is at home, and REELZCHANNEL covers the movies that viewers can find on premium channels, video-on-demand, in theaters and on DVD.”
“Bright House Networks is committed to providing the best in home entertainment,” said Karen Broach, Regional Vice President, Bright House Networks. “We look forward to REELZCHANNEL joining our lineup and providing even more entertainment programming for everyone in the family to enjoy.”
REELZCHANNEL—TV About Movies® is the only cable and satellite network devoted to delivering entertaining and informative programming that is all about movies, including the celebrities, fashion, music and stories behind the stories. With shows featuring movie and entertainment experts, including Leonard Maltin, Richard Roeper, Sam Rubin and John Salley, fans get trusted insight into movies wherever they’re playing, whether in theaters or at home.
REELZCHANNEL reaches more than 56 million homes nationwide. Find REELZCHANNEL in your area by entering your zip code at www.reelz.com/watch. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, REELZCHANNEL is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with an entertainment bureau in Los Angeles.