Yet another network will look to scare viewers, as Fangoria TV continues its soft launches with new original programming targeted for subscription video on demand distribution.
The network, currently distributing its programming via In Demand’s INHD high-definition service, is in “deep discussions” with satellite and cable MSOs to launch as an SVOD or digital-basic linear service, said Fangoria TV president Thomas DeFeo.
DeFeo said the network will feature classic horror and suspense films, as well as original horror-themed reality programming. The network bowed April 11 with Ghost Stories EVP, an original reality series that investigates possible haunted houses using audio electronic voice phenomena.
Later this year, the network will offer two other original series: The Craft, as well as Screamography, the network’s version of Biography.
DeFeo said Fangoria TV is targeting an underserved audience of rabid horror fans that aren’t getting enough of the genre on existing cable networks like Sci Fi Channel.
“It’s an untapped genre that no one is providing programming for,” he said. “Everybody loves a good horror movie now and then, but we also want to give a nice flavor of original programming.”
The network believes that offering all of its programming in HDTV, including its originals, will give it a leg up on other upstart services like Horror Net and Voom’s Monster HD channel, which could live on even after Cablevision Systems Corp. shutters the DBS service.
“HD is where TV is going to be and everyone right now is looking for product in HD,” DeFeo said. “We’re going out with a nice block of original high-def programming that we’re producing and funding ourselves.”
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