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Chiller is a defunct American cable and satellite television channel that was owned by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group subsidiary of NBCUniversal, all owned by Comcast. The channel specialized in horror, thriller and suspense programming, mainly films.

Chiller
Chiller logo.svg
Launched March 1, 2007; 11 years ago (2007-03-01)
Closed December 31, 2017; 3 months ago (2017-12-31)
Owned by
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Slogan Scary Good

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

The channel ceased operations on December 31, 2017.[2][3][4][5]

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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 later known as Cloo, 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 of its former competitor Fearnet, a network launched by Comcast in 2010 two years before their purchase of NBCUniversal.

Carriage decline and end of operationsEdit

The start of 2017 and the sudden termination of Cloo on January 31, 2017, along with Esquire Network on June 28, and Universal HD (another NBCUniversal network rebranding as the Olympic Channel) on July 14, as non-prime networks in NBCU's cable portfolio were discontinued, portended Chiller's fate at the end of 2017.

On February 1, 2017 (the same day sister network Cloo ended all operations), Dish removed the channel from their lineup, which cited that most of the network's rerun-centric programming was duplicative of that available on other networks and streaming services, with Spectrum services (Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks) dumping it on April 25 (the same day they removed Esquire Network from their lineup).[7] Five months later on October 2, 2017, it was discontinued by Verizon FiOS, also for the same reason, while Mediacom quietly removed the channel from their lineup on October 23.[8]

Cox effectively ended the network's life on November 8, 2017, when it refused to continue their carriage of Chiller within their new carriage agreements with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, removing the network from several Cox regional outlets,[9] and Google Fiber stopped carrying it on December 20.[10]

On November 16, 2017, NBC Universal Cable Networks confirmed that the channel would end all operations on December 31 after months of swift decline in carriage, citing the aforementioned reasons.[2][3][4][5] A year-end ratings recap showed Chiller as ranked 127 out of 136 networks, averaging 36,000 viewers a night.[11]

The network left the air the night of December 31 around 11:59 p.m. ET after an airing of The Babadook with a simple message of "Thank you for watching Chiller. Good night!". Its website was redirected to that of Syfy a few hours before.

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.[12]

On March 4, 2016, Chiller premiered its first (and only) original television series entitled Slasher.[13][14]

Acquired programsEdit

Chiller's acquired slate included genre films, international series (Afterlife, Apparitions, Tokyo Majin), non-scripted programs (Fear Factor), and anthology shows (Masters of Horror).

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

Chiller Films was a film production company based in New York that specializes in indie horror and thriller films. It was launched in 2013 to give select Chiller movies limited theatrical runs and nationwide VOD distribution, using a simultaneous, or "day-and date" film release strategy.[15] This means films are released in a limited number of small and multiplex theaters in large markets, along with release on video on demand through cable providers and online film retailers the same day. Most of the films are from independent filmmakers who then license their properties to Chiller Films. With the end of the channel it was connected to, it is unknown what will happen to Chiller Films.

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
Dementia 13 2017 Pipeline Entertainment (II)
Haloran LLC

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. ^ Swann, Phillip (February 28, 2017). "Charter to Drop Chiller Channel". TV Answer Man. Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  8. ^ Grassely, Lee (September 25, 2017). "Subject: Channel Change (to City of Galena, Illinois)" (PDF). Mediacom (Press release). Retrieved November 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ Swann, Phillip (October 11, 2017). "Cox to Drop NBC-Owned Chiller Channel". TV Answer Man. Retrieved October 13, 2017. 
  10. ^ "View changes to your channel line-up". Google. Retrieved 23 December 2017. 
  11. ^ Schneider, Michael (28 December 2017). "Highest Network Ratings of 2017: Most Watched Winners & Losers". IndieWire. Retrieved 28 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Looking at IDW's Remains". Newsarama. March 11, 2004. Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Slasher delivers a good old-fashioned murder mystery," from The TV Junkies, 3/3/2016
  14. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 5, 2015). "Chiller Unveils First Original Series 'Slasher', More New Movies". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ 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.