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Lionsgate & DirecTV Ink New Licensing Agreement; Five Of Studio’s FAST Channels Added

DirecTV and Lionsgate have made a new, wide-ranging licensing agreement that will promptly make five Lionsgate channels available to all DirecTV and DirecTV Stream consumers, both streaming and satellite subscribers.

The first of Lionsgate’s more than two dozen channels to join DirecTV streaming homes are MovieSphere (premium movies), HerSphere (female-driven stories), Ebony TV (Black film and culture in partnership with Ebony Media Group), and the single-series comedy channels Are We There Yet? and Anger Management.

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DirecTV plans to identify other networks from Lionsgate’s FAST portfolio to add in future months.

“We want to enable our customers to select from a wider variety of genres and to explore their most avid interests in greater depth,” said Rebecca Nelson, DirecTV SVP of Content and Programming. “Lionsgate is a leading content supplier who offers many strong options to expand our future lineup and enhance customer value.”

“We’re pleased to partner with DirecTV to bring their customers our robust portfolio of FAST channels, giving them access to compelling content ranging from blockbuster films to groundbreaking series that celebrate global audiences,” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television Distribution.

Lionsgate operates a growing portfolio of more than two dozen channels worldwide, anchored by MovieSphere, the only global premium movie channel offered by a major studio and the first FAST channel to be ranked by Nielsen. The studio’s lineup includes sci-fi and fantasy network OuterSphere and single-series channels featuring Nash Bridges, Ghost Hunters, Nashville, and Celebrity Name Game episodes, among its other channels.

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