Film1 Sundance

Film1 Sundance (also called Film1 Sundance Channel) was a Dutch premium television channel. It was the Dutch version of the American cable television network SundanceTV devoted to airing independent feature films, world cinema, documentaries, short films, television series, and original programs, such as news about the latest developments from each year's Sundance Film Festival.

Film1 Sundance
Launched1 March 2012 (2012-03-01)
Closed31 August 2017 (2017-08-31)
Owned byLiberty Global (2012-2015)
Sony Pictures Television (2015-2017)
Picture format576i (PAL) 16:9 SDTV
1080i (HDTV)
Broadcast areaNetherlands
ReplacedFilm1 Festival
Sister channel(s)Film1 Premiere
Film1 Action
Film1 Family
Film1 Drama

The channel launched on 1 March 2012 and replaced the television channel Film1 Festival.[1] All films were shown uncut and without commercial interruptions.


Launched in the United States in February 1996 to show independent films on television, Sundance Channel was a joint venture of Showtime Networks (part of CBS Corporation), Universal Studios (part of NBCUniversal), and Robert Redford who also acted as the creative director of the network. The channel initially launched on five cable systems in New York City; Los Angeles; Alexandria, Virginia; Chamblee, Georgia; and Pensacola, Florida[2]

On 7 May 2008, Rainbow Media (a subsidiary of Cablevision) announced that it had purchased Sundance Channel for $496 million.[3] Rainbow Media also owns the cable channels AMC, IFC, WE tv, and News 12, and owned the defunct Voom HD Networks. The acquisition of Sundance Channel by Rainbow Media was completed in June 2008.[4]

On 31 January 2012, Film1 (a then-subsidiary of Liberty Global) announced that it would launch Sundance Channel in the Netherlands. It replaced Film1 Festival.[1]

Film1 closed Film1 Sundance on 31 August 2017. The premium television service wants to focus more on its video-on-demand services.[5]

See also


  1. Robert Briel (31 January 2012). "Chellomedia launches Sundance Channel". Broadband TV News.
  2. "Sundance readying for February debut". Broadcasting & Cable via HighBeam Research. 4 December 1995. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
  3. "Cablevision Unit Buys Sundance Channel". The New York Times. 7 May 2008.
  4. "Cablevision Buys Sundance". The New York Times. 18 June 2008.
  5. "Film1 Sundance stopt; Film1 focust op on demand-aanbod". 4 July 2017.
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