CBS’s monster movie mainstay the Horror Channel is to sink its fangs into Freeview channel 70 this week.
The channel has already possessed Sky (319), Virgin (149) and Freesat (138) and is now set to take over digital terrestrial TV as well. This will see the 17 million homes where Freeview hardware is present in the living room tune in to what’s already the second-largest free to air movie channel in satellite and cable homes.
BT TV, TalkTalk TV and other customers with YouView set-top boxes will also be able to get the new channel later this month.
The launch of the Horror Channel follows the arrival of CBS Action and CBS Reality on British digital terrestrial TV.
Guy North, Freeview’s managing director said: “We’re excited to welcome another member of the CBS AMC Channel portfolio to Freeview. Horror Channel will provide the bravest of our viewers with plenty of thrilling programmes alongside cult classics and fantasy favourites for the more faint-hearted.”
Horror’s spring line-up will include the “Apocalypse season, featuring Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Stephen King’s The Stand. Another staple of the channel is repeats of classic Doctor Who episodes, back when the BBC show had ropey costumes and decent stories instead of (arguably) the other way around.
There’s currently no word on whether CBS plans to launch any on-demand players on YouView or the future Freeview Play service.
Freeview Play is set to launch later this year with access to BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. Since launch, YouView has added a number of extra catch-up services for UK TV channels including Dave, Yesterday and Really and Discovery Networks’s Quest.
Until the time comes to retune your set-top box, there’s this tasty morsel to tide you over.