Amazon to shut down MGM HD cable movie channel

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The logo of the MGM HD pay-TV network. (Logo courtesy of MGM/Amazon, Composite Graphic by The Desk)

Amazon will shut down linear cable movie channel MGM HD by the end of the month, The pulpit confirmed this week.

The channel’s closure comes as Amazon works to build out the content library for its premium multiplex movie network, Epix, which will be rebranded as MGM Plus next year. Amazon acquired Epix and MGM HD through a broader purchase of MGM Studios in May.

In a note to subscribers, a spokesperson for MGM HD said its channel’s last day would be October 31. will continue as a multiplex movie network as well as a standalone streaming service.

Unlike Epix, MGM HD was not widely released on cable, satellite, and streaming systems in the United States. The channel had nationwide distribution on DirecTV’s satellite platform as well as the Philo streaming service, where it was offered in the “Movies & More” package.

MGM HD formerly aired on Comcast’s Xfinity cable systems, but was removed from the Xfinity lineup in early 2019. Dish Network also offered MGM HD to subscribers of its satellite service, but removed the channel in August.

The channel suffered a similar fate in some international markets, where localized versions of MGM HD were launched on cable and satellite systems in the UK, Ireland, Poland and Russia. MGM HD ceased broadcasting in these countries years before Amazon purchased MGM Studios.

Amazon continues to operate two international variants of MGM HD – one for viewers in Germany, the other for cable subscribers in Israel. Long-term plans for MGM HD in those countries weren’t immediately clear Tuesday.

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