MGM Channel India to Close Down

The channel was distributed by Fox's Star India network distribution joint venture Star DEN.

The MGM Channel in India will shut down on Aug. 15.

The channel was available on direct-to-home platform Tata Sky, which issued a notice to its subscribers. “MGM will cease to be on our DTH platform from 15 August as the channel is being discontinued by the broadcaster," the note said.

The channel was first launched in India in 2000 as Zee MGM, in partnership with leading Indian TV group Zee Networks. The partnership ended after four years. MGM then applied with the Indian government to set up a wholly owned subsidiary in the country and got approval to do so in 2007.

At the time, MGM said that India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board had permitted its local unit MGM Programming Service India of Mumbai to invest up to $3.8 million.

In 2008, MGM struck a distribution partnership with Star DEN, a joint venture between Fox's Star India network and Mumbai-based DEN (Digital Entertainment Network) to distribute the MGM Channel via cable, IPTV and DTH platforms.

In 2012, MGM sold most of its international television channels to Chellomedia, the international content division of John Malone's Liberty Global, which was then acquired by AMC Networks for approximately $1 billion. The channels included MGM outlets in Spain, Turkey, Israel, Benelux, Poland, India and Southeast Asia.

Last year, the company announced that it would rebrand the MGM channel worldwide as AMC. AMC didn't comment, but is understood to be looking for opportunities to launch AMC in India.