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Chiller is a soon-to-be-defunct American cable and satellite television channel that is owned by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group subsidiary of NBCUniversal, all owned by Comcast. The channel specializes in horror, thriller and suspense programming.

Chiller
Chiller logo.svg
Launched March 1, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-03-01)
Closed December 31, 2017; 40 days' time (2017-12-31)
Owned by
Picture format
Slogan Scary Good
Website www.chillertv.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 257 (SD)
C-Band AMC 18-Channel 327 (H2H 4DTV)
Cable
Available on some cable systems Check local listings for channels
IPTV
AT&T U-Verse 153 (SD)
Streaming media
PlayStation Vue Internet Protocol television
DirecTV Now Internet Protocol television
FuboTV Internet Protocol television

As of February 2015, 38,820,000 American households (33.4% of households with television) received Chiller.[1]

The network will end all operations at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2017 after a perilous decline in carriage throughout the year.[2][3][4][5]

Contents

HistoryEdit

On January 12, 2007, NBCUniversal announced its intent to launch Chiller on March 1, dedicated to films and television shows related to the horror genre. The company also stated that, aside from their own content, Chiller would feature content from competing film studios, including Lionsgate, Sony, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox.[6] In February 2007, The 101, channel 101 on DirecTV, aired a "preview" of Chiller, featuring the pilot episodes of Twin Peaks and American Gothic, as well as various horror movies and programs. Sleuth, NBC/Universal's mystery-themed network, aired a fourteen-hour movie marathon entitled "Chiller On Sleuth" to promote the launch of Chiller. The channel officially launched at 6:00 am Eastern/5:00 am Central on March 1. After a brief introduction to the channel, Chiller aired its first program, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

On July 31, 2013, its carriage was merged with that with its former competitor Fearnet, a network launched by Comcast in 2010 two years before their purchase of NBCUniversal.

2017 swift decline of carriage and end of operationsEdit

The start of 2017 and the sudden termination of Cloo on January 31, 2017, along with Esquire Network in late June 2017 as non-prime networks in the NBCU cable portfolio were discontinued, portended Chiller's fate at the end of 2017.[7]

On February 1, 2017, Dish removed the channel from their lineup, with Spectrum dumping it on April 25.[8] Mediacom quietly removed the channel on October 23,[9] while Verizon Fios discontinued the channel on October 2, followed by Cox on November 8.[10]

On November 16, 2017, NBC Universal Cable Networks confirmed that the channel would end all operations on December 31 with the swift decline in carriage and duplication of its programming on streaming services and other networks.[2][3][4][5]

ProgrammingEdit

OriginalsEdit

On December 17, 2010, Chiller premiered Chiller 13: The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments. The countdown special featured a diverse group of pop culture mavens and horror movie experts looking back on the top 13 scary movie moments between 2000 and 2010. Show participants include renowned special makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), comedians Dan Gurewitch & David Young (collegehumor), actress Betsy Russell (the Saw films), writer Steve Niles, Tony Todd and horror film director Lucky McKee among others. In October 2011, Chiller continued the franchise with Chiller 13: Horror's Creepiest Kids.

In December 2011, Chiller premiered its first original movie entitled Steve Niles' Remains, based on the IDW Publishing comic book by Steve Niles and Kieron Dwyer.[11]

On March 4, 2016, Chiller premiered its first original TV series entitled Slasher.[12][13]

Acquired programsEdit

Chiller's acquired slate includes genre films, international series (Afterlife, Apparitions, Tokyo Majin), non-scripted programs (Fear Factor), and anthology shows (Masters of Horror). The network doesn't use a traditional weekly or daily schedule; multiple episodes of the same series are shown sequentially on specific days of the month.

Dare 2 Direct Film FestivalsEdit

In October 2007, Chiller announced its "Dare 2 Direct Film Festival" which premiered on Halloween night. Viewers uploaded 300 short films and the winners aired on this original special.

Chiller renewed its Dare 2 Direct Film Festival in 2008, which aired on Halloween night. The channel premiered webisodes of an original film, "The Hills Are Alive" from Tim Burton protégé Caroline Thompson (co-screenwriter of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and screenwriter of Edward Scissorhands) in July on chillertv.com, and aired the complete film as its first original film in October.

Chiller FilmsEdit

Industry Film
Founded 2013; 4 years ago (2013)
Headquarters New York City
Owner Chiller
Parent
Website www.chillertv.com

Chiller Films is an American film distribution company in New York City that specializes in releasing indie horror and thriller films. It was launched in 2013[14] to give select Chiller movies limited theatrical runs and nationwide VOD distribution. It is an offshoot of the Chiller television network, which is owned by NBCUniversal. Chiller Films uses a day-and-date release strategy, which gives its films a limited theatrical run plus a simultaneous nationwide VOD release.

Title Year Production Co.
Beneath 2013 Glass Eye Pix
The Monkey's Paw 2013 TMP Films
Animal 2014 Flower Films
Synthetic Cinema International
The Boy 2015 SpectreVision
SiREN 2016 Studio71

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Swann, Phillip (November 16, 2017). "NBC to Shut Down Chiller Channel: Exclusive". TV Answer Man. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (November 16, 2017). "NBCUniversal Turning Lights Off on Chiller Network". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (November 16, 2017). "NBCUniversal Cable to Shutter Chiller Channel". Variety. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (November 16, 2017). "Chiller Going Dark As NBCUniversal Axes Horror-Centric Channel". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ Adalian, Josef (January 11, 2017). "NBC Universal, DirecTV team on Chiller". Variety. Archived from the original on December 11, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  7. ^ Crupi, Anthony (February 27, 2017). "Small Change: Why Niche Cable Nets Are on Their Last Legs". Advertising Age. Retrieved February 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ Swann, Phillip (February 28, 2017). "Charter to Drop Chiller Channel". TV Answer Man. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ Grassley, Lee (September 25, 2017). "Subject: Channel Change (to City of Galena, Illinois)" (PDF) (Press release). Mediacom. Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ Swann, Phillip (October 11, 2017). "Cox to Drop NBC-Owned Chiller Channel". TV Answer Man. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Looking at IDW's Remains". Newsarama. March 11, 2004. Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Slasher delivers a good old-fashioned murder mystery," from The TV Junkies, 3/3/2016
  13. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 5, 2015). "Chiller Unveils First Original Series 'Slasher', More New Movies". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ Yamato, Jen (June 19, 2013). "Chiller Adds 'Deep In The Darkness', Drew Barrymore's 'Animal' To Original Film Slate". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 17, 2015. 

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