NBC Universal's cable horror network Chiller is going to have some stiff competition this Halloween as FEARnet has officially announced they'll be launching their own 24/7 cable channel on October 1st.
Already available online, through VOD, and mobile, this jump to broadcast TV seemed like a no-brainer for the industry giant. President Diana Robina had this to say about the decision to jump to cable: "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. 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."
With 12 million viewers accessing FEARnet's VOD material in an average month, the company is looking to parlay that success to a standard ad-based cable distribution system. FEARnet will bring its line-up of HD movies and original programming to a variety of cable and satellite providers, helping to spread the love of the macabre to an even wider audience.
I suspect we'll learn more about the channel's proposed line-up as we get closer to October. Here's to hoping FEARnet and Chiller can co-exist. I like the thought of two horror networks on cable 24 hours a day.