AMC’s all horror/thriller streaming service, Shudder, announced this morning that they had surpassed the coveted 1 million subscriber mark. The service has been steadily building its membership since it first became available to the public back in 2016, but it saw a huge surge in the last year with the addition of its original programming slate.
“The addition of original series and movies turbocharged our growth and turned Shudder into a must-have service for anyone interested in great horror, thriller or supernatural entertainment,” Miguel Penella, AMC Networks SVOD President said in a statement we received this morning. “Our relentless focus on quality programming, innovative content and finding the best up-and-coming creators has enabled Shudder to break out in the crowded world of subscription services. Shudder’s success comes as our other targeted SVOD services—Acorn TV, Sundance Now and UMC—continue their strong subscriber growth momentum by super-serving passionate fans with the content they love the most.”
That content included last year’s original anthology series Creepshow, based on the original George A. Romero/Stephen King film from 1982 as well as this year’s Host, a film written, shot, and released in just 12 weeks during quarantine that is currently rated as the #1 movie of the year on Rotten Tomatoes.
In addition to their original and exclusive programming, they also update their slate of classic and cult films every month to keep their offerings fresh and their subscribers coming back for more.
The streaming service has also credited its expansion into newer territories with aiding its subscription growth. When it first became available, Shudder was only available in the US, Canada, and the UK but has since spread to Germany and earlier this year they made the move into New Zealand and Australia. Users can watch via their online site, but the service is also available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and XBox as well as having their own “channels” on the Apple TV app and on Amazon Prime in certain territories.
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