Crime plays: Net to launch in NZ

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SYDNEY -- A&E Television Networks on Friday said that its real-crime channel, Crime and Investigation Network (CI), will launch in New Zealand on paynet Sky Television on Sept. 1.

New Zealand will receive the Australian feed of the channel, which is owned, operated and produced by Australian pay broadcaster Foxtel. Foxtel licenses the name and branding from AETN.

The launch of the channel on Foxtel in January 2005 was its first globally. Since then, the channel format has rolled out to 63 territories where it reaches over 17 million households.

Featuring a mix of investigative series, documentaries and specials from AETN, as well as such locally acquired and produced programming as series "Forensic Investigators," CI has become one of the top 10 channels on Australian pay TV.

"We are very pleased to see CI launch in New Zealand on Sky Network Television," AETN senior vp internatinal Sean Cohan said. "Since its launch in Australia, CI has consistently been a top 10, if not top 5 pay TV network. It has developed a passionate following worldwide and I have no doubt that viewers in New Zealand will also be riveted by the channel's engaging storytelling."
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