AMC Networks Iberia is readying an over-the-top (OTT) platform to launch in Spain’s increasingly competitive streaming arena.
The company is still developing the project, so not many details have been unveiled. However, AMC has confirmed to Rapid TV News that the platform won’t be launched as a standalone service, such as Netflix or HBO España, and will be delivered as an add-on to telecom and pay-TV offerings.
Regarding content, the catalogue is not yet completely defined, as some of the company’s ongoing productions like The Walking Dead or Better Call Saul are already broadcast by other platforms in the country. However, the company has confirmed the platform will include both video-on-demand (VOD) content and linear TV channels.
Currently, AMC Networks Iberia manages 14 pay-TV channels in Spain, namely Canal Hollywood, AMC, Sundance TV, XTRM, Somos, Canal Cocina, Canal Decasa, Sol Musica, Odisea, Historia, A&E, Dark, Canal Panda and Crimen + Investigación. It also owns the subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) service Machinima, focused on eSports.
Still with no release date confirmed, AMC’s OTT platform will land on a growing streaming market. Since Netflix launched a Spanish operation less than two years ago, HBO and Amazon Prime Video have arrived to a market in which there are local players as well, like Wuaki.tv (renamed Rakuten TV) and Filmin.
Sky has also confirmed it’s planning to launch an OTT operation in the country before the end of the year.