DIRECTV Adds Five Lionsgate Channels


Lionsgate has struck a deal that sees the launch of five channels to DIRECTV and DIRECTV STREAM customers.

The Lionsgate channels becoming available to 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. DIRECTV will be looking at other networks from Lionsgate’s FAST portfolio to add to its streaming lineup in subsequent 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, senior VP of content and programming at DIRECTV. “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, president of worldwide television distribution at Lionsgate.