Sony to launch free UK movie network

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by Andy Bassett Aug 1, 2019 at 5:05 PM

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    Sony to launch free UK movie network
    Sony Pictures Television is rebranding its existing entertainment channels and will launch the UK’s first free-to-air movie network - all starting September 10th.
    The final relaunched portfolio will feature three movie channels, the pop up Christmas channel which, despite being seasonal, will still be around for the better part of four months, and the Sony Channel, which is the relaunched version of Sony’s True Entertainment.

    New channels:
    • Sony Movies
    • Sony Movies Action
    • Sony Movies Christmas
    • Sony Movies Classic
    • Sony Channel

    The bulk of the channels will launch on Tuesday 10th September - Sony Christmas Movies may start later in the month and Sony Movies Classic is due in Jan 2020. The lead Sony Movie channel aims to bring viewers Hollywood’s biggest films in a frequently changing mix of blockbusters, indie pics, rom-coms and more. Plus, there will be themed events including Showtime Sundays and Friday Night Film Club. Included in the inaugural month will be the likes of Hitch, Shutter Island, Vanilla Sky, Bad Boys, G.I. JOE: Retaliation, Matilda and Finding Neverland.

    For all out action fans, Sony Movies Action takes it up a notch to bring viewers westerns and war movies among the more standard action fare and the opening September slavo includes: Breakout, The Missionary Man, The Hunt for Eagle One and Bullet (not Bullit). It’s not just movies that will be shown either, TV miniseries The Winds of War starring Hollywood legend Robert Mitchum will run from 10th - 20th Sep.

    Fans of older films will be able to watch material drawn from Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures including Kramer vs Kramer, Gandhi and Oliver! when the Sony Movies Classic channel debuts early next year.

    The seasonal pop up Movies Christmas channel will allow viewers to get into the Christmas spirit at their own pace with the likes of Christmas With The Kranks, and the relaunched True Entertainment will provide TV classics such as M*A*S*H, Starsky & Hutch and Charlie’s Angels.

    All channels will be available on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.

    It’s only the start and no doubt more content will be added and rotated but how does this line up sound to kick things off for Sony’s free movie network? Let us know in the discussion thread.

    Source: Press release
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