27 April 2020

London, UK, 27 April 2020 – Leading international media company, Viasat World, announces that its premium period drama channel, Epic Drama, will launch with Bulsatcom in Bulgaria. Epic Drama will join the rest of Viasat World’s portfolio – TV1000, Viasat History, Viasat Nature and Viasat Explore – on the platform from Monday 27 April, taking channel position 433 for both DTH and IPTV in Bulsatcom’s brand-new premium package, Premium +.

Bulsatcom is a major TV service provider in Bulgaria and has been a commercial partner of Viasat World since 2004. The addition of the Epic Drama linear channel to its line-up comes as a three-year deal extension for the rest of the channels in Viasat World’s portfolio was also agreed. Bulsatcom plans to roll out the Epic Drama SVOD offering to its subscribers in the coming months at a date to be confirmed. Addressing changing consumption habits, particularly in the face of the coronavirus pandemic - audiences will be able to watch on the screen of their choice, at a time of their liking, with many of Epic Drama’s top series available on VOD for catch up or binge watching.

Emma Jones, VP Commercial at Viasat World, comments: “We are proud to launch Epic Drama with our long-standing operator partner Bulsatcom in its new Premium + package, and have our newest channel join the rest of the portfolio on the platform. Epic Drama has proven to be a huge success since its launch just over two years ago – giving the audience access to world-class, acclaimed drama content when and where they want it. With this launch, our partnership with Bulsatcom goes from strength to strength, as together we commit to serving drama fans with quality programming.”

Bulsatcom CEO Stanislav Georgiev adds: “As I take up my new role as CEO at Bulsatcom, I am delighted to welcome Epic Drama to our channel line-up, where it will keep good company with Viasat World’s other core channels. With so much content available, we are focused on providing our viewers with access to channels which curate the best of what is on offer. Viasat World is an expert in this field; its other channels are already firm favourites with our subscribers so we are confident that Epic Drama will also be a real hit.”

Since its December 2017 launch, Epic Drama’s distribution has grown exponentially, making it one of Europe’s fastest growing pay-TV channels. Its unique proposition brings together the very best in premium drama series from all over the world, with local touchpoints for viewers to connect with. It provides drama fans with 24/7 access to acclaimed and compelling period drama series touching a variety of genres, including crime and mystery, classic literary, politics and power, war, action adventure, real history and fantasy. The programme schedule features over 200 hours of big-budget, HD drama series produced within the last three years and exclusive to each market. Viasat World also acquires SVOD rights for much of the content to enable viewers to watch across multiple platforms and devices.

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