Horror hub FEARnet launching as a cable channel
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’re not trying to terrify our audiences this morning. Honestly. But in the wake of the “Exorcist” announcement (it’s coming to Blu-ray in October), more great news for horror buffs hit the wires.
The Web site FEARnet, a must-visit, multi-platform portal for thrill geeks, is about to become its own cable network. Currently available on demand, online and on mobile 24/7, FEARnet is expanding its reach by placing its horror library in the hands of high-definition, multi-channel video programming distributors.
“FEARnet’s unequalled content offering, combined with the genre’s broad devoted fan base, has made it the number one destination for horror and suspense,” said Diane Robina, president of FEARnet. “Now we’re taking the next step, bringing the best titles in the genre in HD and making them available on an ad-supported linear channel.”
FEARnet averages approximately 12 million views per month on VOD, accessing more than 28 million homes on Comcast, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse, Insight Communications, Bresnan and Guadalupe Valley Systems. It is the No. 2-ranked, free HD VOD Movie Network, and is ranked in the top 10 amongst all Comcast VOD Networks and within the top 20 Comcast HD Networks.
Online, www.fearnet.com is one of the best sites for genre movie viewing, allowing users to explore the world of the macabre on a visually arresting video-rich environment packed with movies, interactive community features and fresh original content.
This is another example of a popular Web site tearing down the barriers that used to exist between multi-media portals. Think TMZ, and the syndicated TMZ television show. Or the Rotten Tomatoes program on the Current channel. This is the wave of the future. Which other Web sites will get on board, and how many audience members will follow?
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