Crime & Investigation Network (CI) is set to make its debut in Spain on 1 February, operated and distributed in Spain by The History Channel Iberia, a joint venture of A&E Television Networks (AETN) and Chello Multicanal.
At launch, CI will reach in excess of 1.5 million subscribers, and will be carried by the major cable and IPTV platforms Ono and Imagenio, respectively.
Worldwide, Crime & Investigation Network reaches over 46 million households in 73 countries. CI dominates the factual category internationally and viewership for the channel has tripled in three years, led by strong performances in the UK and Australia. The channel has grown ratings internationally more than 100% in the last four years. 2010 once again demonstrated strong results, with a YTD growth of 14% outside the US through November 2010.
CI will be fully localised in Spanish and will carry local advertising. It will launch with a slate of AETN’s top crime programming including 'The First 48', 'Manhunters' and 'Crime 360'.
Commenting on the prospects for the new channel, Diego Castrillo General Manager of The History Channel Iberia, said: “I am sure that Crime & Investigation Network will follow the same successful path obtained by The History Channel Iberia with Canal de Historia and Bio in Spain.”
“On the back of the outstanding success of Crime & Investigation Network in the UK and Central Europe, it is our plan to launch CI in several major pay-TV markets in 2011. We are very pleased to confirm the first of these will be Spain, a significant distribution milestone for us in Europe,” added Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, Europe for AETN.