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AMC To Launch Ad-Supported Versions Of Standalone Services, Including Acorn TV and Shudder

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AMC Networks plans to launch ad-supported versions of its standalone streaming services, including Acorn TV and Shudder. While all of these services can be accessed directly through an AMC+ subscription, the new ad-supported tiers will offer another option to consumers only looking to watch content from one or more of the individual services.

In the second half of 2023, AMC launched an ad-supported tier of AMC+. Priced at $4.99, the ad-supported version is $4 a month cheaper than the standard (ad-free) tier. AMC is now extending the same multi-tier approach to Acorn TV, ALLBLK, HIDIVE, IFC Films, Shudder and Sundance Now, as reported by Variety.

No firm details on the pricing of the new ad-supported tiers has been confirmed yet, but consumers can expect these tiers to be cheaper and result in similar savings. For example, a standalone Shudder subscription currently costs $6 a month and the ad-supported version is expected to be offered at a cheaper price.

While AMC has also yet to confirm when the new ad-supported tiers will go live, the current expectation is that they will become available sometime this year. The company made the announcement ahead of its 2024 upfront presentation, which takes place later this week.

Considering AMC only rolled out an ad-supported version of AMC+ late last year, and is now already confirming similar changes to its other streaming services, it would appear that the company is fairly happy with the reception and performance of the ad-supported AMC+ tier.

John Finn


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