Chiller (TV channel)
|Launched||March 1, 2007|
(Universal Television Networks)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Dish Network||199 (SD)|
|C-Band||AMC 18-Channel 327 (H2H 4DTV)|
|Verizon FiOS||193 (SD)|
|Available on some cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
|AT&T U-Verse||153 (SD)|
As of August 2013, 42,227,000 American households (36.98% of households with television) received Chiller.
On January 12, 2007, NBCUniversal announced its intent to launch Chiller on March 1, dedicated to films and television shows related to the horror genre. The company also stated that, aside from their own content, Chiller would feature content from competing film studios, including Lionsgate, Sony, Warner Bros., and 20th Century Fox.
In February 2007, The 101, channel 101 on DirecTV, aired a "preview" of Chiller, featuring the pilot episodes of Twin Peaks and American Gothic, as well as various horror movies and programs. Sleuth, NBC/Universal's mystery-themed network, aired a fourteen-hour movie marathon entitled "Chiller On Sleuth" to promote the launch of Chiller.
The channel officially launched at 6:00 am Eastern/5:00 am Central on March 1. As a brief introduction to the channel, Chiller aired an episode of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
On December 17, 2010 Chiller premiered Chiller 13: The Decade's Scariest Movie Moments. The countdown special featured a diverse group of pop culture mavens and horror movie experts looking back on the top 13 scary movie moments between 2000 and 2010. Show participants include renowned special makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), comedians Dan Gurewitch & David Young (collegehumor), actress Betsy Russell (the Saw films), writer Steve Niles, Tony Todd and horror film director Lucky McKee among others. In October of 2011, Chiller continued the franchise with Chiller 13: Horror's Creepiest Kids.
Chiller features a slate of entertainment including genre films, international programming (Afterlife, Apparitions), documentary and reality shows (Fear Factor), anthology series (Masters of Horror) and some series (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Darkside, The Outer Limits). Chiller doesn't use a traditional weekly or daily schedule; multiple episodes of the same series are shown sequentially on specific days of the month.
Dare 2 Direct Film Festivals
In October 2007, Chiller announced its "Dare 2 Direct Film Festival" which premiered on Halloween night. Viewers uploaded 300 short films and the winners aired on this original special.
Chiller renewed its Dare 2 Direct Film Festival in 2008, which aired on Halloween night. The channel premiered webisodes of an original film, "The Hills Are Alive" from Tim Burton protégé Caroline Thompson (co-screenwriter of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride and screenwriter of Edward Scissorhands) in July on chillertv.com, and aired the complete film as its first original film in October.
- Official website