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CBS Drama launches on Virgin Media

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MUMBAI: CBS Chello Zone Channels, the joint venture partnership between CBS Studios International and Chello Zone, have announced that CBS Drama is to launch on the Virgin Media platform today.

The channel, which is currently carried on the Sky and Freesat platforms in the UK, showcases shows like ‘Cheers‘, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘ and ‘Dallas‘, and UK shows ‘Bad Girls‘ and ‘Cutting It‘.

The launch will see Virgin Media complete the full set of CBS Chello Zone Channels, joining CBS Reality, CBS Action and Horror Channel already carried on the platform in the XL package.

New programming planned for the channel’s launch includes the network premiere of the BBC series ‘Playing The Field‘, starring Melanie Hill, Ricky Tomlinson and Lesley Sharp . Adapted from the Pete Davies novel, I Lost My Heart To The Belles, the five-series drama follows female football team Castlefield Blues from South Yorkshire.

The announcement follows the expansion of the CBS-branded channels across EMEA this month, with the new-look channels launching in 83 territories including Poland, South Africa, the Netherlands and Romania.

Chello Zone’s VP of affiliate sales Louise Cottrell said, “With the channel’s growth across the EMEA territories earlier this month, this is the perfect time to extend CBS Drama’s reach to a wider UK audience. The launch onto Virgin Media is significant as it not only means the entire CBS Chello Zone UK portfolio is now available on this platform, but offers viewers the chance to enjoy the exceptional variety of dramas on the channel in addition to the offerings of its sister channels, CBS Reality, CBS Action and Horror Channel.”

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