In addition, MGM Networks and Iceland's media and entertainment
group Northern Lights Communications (NLC) announced that the MGM
Channel will launch on 1 November on NLC's pay-TV system. In India,
MGM has a 50:50 joint venture with Zee.
MGM Networks executive VP Bruce Tuchman was quoted in an official
release saying, "The entry into Switzerland and Liechtenstein of
our German-language service underscores how successful the channel
has been since its launch in Germany and Austria just six months
ago. This agreement joins numerous great partnerships we have built
across the continent since our first European launch last year."
Over the past two years, MGM Networks has rapidly expanded worldwide.
It claims to have been able to more than quadruple its channel interests
to about 100 countries across six continents. The MGM Channel's
proposed launch into Iceland will make 12 European countries that
receive branded MGM networks. Its other channels in Asia include
Zee MGM, a Mandarin-subtitled channel in Hong Kong, a second MGM
channel in South Korea and a strategic alliance with CNBC Asia Pacific.
The MGM library includes 19 Woody Allen movies, Rain Man
and Hannibal. The last title aired recently in India on HBO.