Spike bags Breaking Bad, Walking Dead

All five seasons of Breaking Bad will air on UK television for the first time when Spike launches next month.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

The new free-to-air network has also acquired season five of zombie drama The Walking Dead, as well as mythological Olympus, Wild West-set Justified, and crime thriller Sons of Anarchy.

Spike TV launched in the UK on April 15.

Brazil’s AMC grabs The Walking Dead spin-off

The spin-off of zombie drama The Walking Dead will air in Brazil after plans were unveiled to launch AMC in the country.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

AMC Networks International said the new channel would debut on April 1, featuring the new series later in the year.

Each episode will air within 24 hours of its US premiere.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, showrunner Dave Erickson, and David Alpert are executive producers of the new series, which is being produced by AMC Studios.

The series will star Cliff Curtis, Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam Carey.

Other dramas heading to AMC in Brazil include Halt & Catch Fire, and The Divide, which are both produced by AMC Studios. They will air on April 6 and 16, respectively.

AMC lands in Latin America

Computing drama Halt and Catch Fire is heading to Latin America as AMC launches in the region.

Halt and Catch Fire

Halt and Catch Fire

AMC Networks International has agreed a deal with DirecTV Latin America to roll out AMC in seven Spanish-speaking countries this month.

They include Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Series to air from launch include Halt and Catch Fire, which chronicles the home computing race in the 1980s, produced by AMC Studios.

Showtime crosses border to Canada

Series including The Affair and Ray Donovan will have a new home in Canada after a deal was made to bring US premium cable channel Showtime north of the border.

The Affair

The Affair

Bell Media and CBS Corporation have partnered to launch Showtime in Canada for the first time, with hundreds of hours of past, present and future series to be made available in English and French across streaming service CraveTV and pay TV channel The Movie Network.

CraveTV will launch a Showtime-branded strand featuring series including The Affair, Ray Donovan, Penny Dreadful, Masters of Sex, Nurse Jackie, Brotherhood, Sleeper Cell, Weeds, and The Big C.

Later this year, a Showtime block will also debut on The Movie Network.

Foxtel binges on BoxSets

Australian pay TV platform Foxtel is launching a new channel dedicated to drama series.

Foxtel

Foxtel

Foxtel BoxSets will offer live and anytime access to complete seasons of shows such as seasons one to four of Game of Thrones, all six seasons of The Sopranos, and seasons one to five of Big Love.

Other dramas available include two season of The Newsroom, two seasons of Rome, Band of Brothers, and Wentworth.

Foxtel BoxSwets launches on November 3.

A&E launches new Lifetime nets

Dramas including Devious Maids and Witches of East End will find new viewers after A&E Networks Latin America announced it is launching Lifetime in Latin America and Brazil.

Devious Maids

Devious Maids

Lifetime Latin America and Brazil will carry series Devious Maids, Witches of East End and Drop Dead Diva, alongside original movies such as Steel Magnolias, Liz & DIck, Drew Peterson: Untouchable, Talhotblond and Call Me Crazy: A Five Film.

A+E Networks Latin America, a joint venture between A+E Networks and Ole Communications, has partnered with Sony Pictures Television for the new launch, which will take place in July this year.

BBC Three closure brings drama investment to BBC One

BBC One’s drama budget has received a £30million boost following the closure of BBC Three.

This week BBC director-general Tony Hall unveiled plans to close the network in autumn 2015, moving much of its content to the BBC iPlayer.

As part of £50m savings made by the move, the public broadcaster will reinvest £30m into BBC One drama.

ITV gets an Encore

ITV will launch a new channel dedicated to British drama.

ITV

ITV

ITV Encore will be available to subscribers to pay TV platform BSkyB and carry the best of the commercial broadcaster’s drama series and, from 2015, some original commissions.

As part of the wider deal, Sky will also carry ITV content across its Sky+HD, Sky Go, Now TV and Sky Store platforms.

FoxCrime arrives in South Africa

US dramas The Bridge, Criminal Minds and Blue Bloods are heading to South Africa after Fox International Channels launched a local version of the FoxCrime network.

The pay TV channel, available on MultiChoice’s DStv Channel 126, will also air CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and a host a classic crime block including NYPD Blue, Remington Steel, Chips and Streets of San Francisco.

FoxCrime first launched in Italy in 2006.

Source: Fox International Channels