November 30, 2023

Behold, one other streaming service that’s turning itself right into a cable channel.

Streaming companies have been including ad-supported tiers like hotcakes this yr. From Netflix to Disney to Max, it’s been laborious to discover a service that doesn’t supply its clients the selection to decide on between an ad-supported tier for much less cash or an ad-free tier for extra money. Apple TV+ looks as if one of many few remaining companies to solely supply the ad-free tier at this level.

AMC+ was additionally a type of remaining companies…till at the moment. To be honest, we already knew that the corporate deliberate so as to add an ad-supported tier to its streaming service all the method again in April. Nonetheless, at the moment, the corporate formally launched the tier. In a press launch, AMC Networks introduced that clients can now select a brand new tier for its service that options “a light-weight advert load” for $4.99 monthly or $83.88 per yr. That is compared to the ad-free tier that presently prices $8.99 monthly — the corporate confirmed that it’s not altering the value of the ad-free tier for now.

Kim Kelleher, chief industrial officer of AMC Networks, mentioned in an announcement that AMC+ was the final piece of the corporate’s distribution community that didn’t have already got an ad-supported possibility.

“This ad-supported model of AMC+ offers shoppers extra flexibility whereas bringing advertisements to the one piece of our distribution ecosystem that wasn’t already ad-supported. Now, with our linear networks, robust and rising presence on CTV and FAST platforms and ad-supported AMC+, our promoting companions can totally leverage the attain and attraction of our high-quality exhibits and join with viewers wherever and nevertheless they select to look at. We’re additionally capable of supply entrepreneurs new and revolutionary methods to succeed in shoppers, like interactive and shoppable advertisements, extra flexibility in product integrations, complete style takeovers and different tech-enabled enhancements that weren’t attainable earlier than.”

Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill in “Higher Name Saul” season six. Picture supply: Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Footage Tv

So, what’s going to clients get with the ad-supported model of AMC+? Properly, every thing that you just get with the ad-free tier, besides with some advertisements. The corporate says that there might be lower than 5 minutes of advertisements per hour of content material. Along with all the productions from AMC, the streaming service additionally contains motion pictures and tv exhibits from Shudder, IFC Movies Limitless, and Sundance Now.

AMC Networks says that it’s beginning to roll out this new ad-free tier beginning at the moment via its personal apps. The corporate says that it will likely be increasing the brand new tier to third-party platforms and channel suppliers “within the coming weeks.”