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How-How-Howllll!! Chiller Horror
HD Channel Launching March 1!!

I am – Hercules!! Seems we’ve been heralding a new horror channel of one kind or another for a decade already. Well, it looks like it’ll finally manifest in March, thanks to NBC Universal and DirecTV. Look for “Twin Peaks,” a lot of TV shows not as good as “Twin Peaks” and movies like “The Shining” and “Psycho.” Look! A press release!
NBC UNIVERSAL CABLE ENTERTAINMENT TO LAUNCH CHILLER - NEW HORROR AND THRILLER CABLE NETWORK Chiller Due for Launch March 1, 2007 and Will Be Anchored by Horror TV Classics Such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and Movies Including "The Shining" DIRECTV First Affiliate to Distribute Chiller Burbank, CA - January 12, 2007 - NBC Universal Cable Entertainment today announced the launch of Chiller, a 24-hour entertainment cable channel dedicated to the horror genre. DIRECTV will be the first affiliate to carry the new network. The announcement was made by Jeff Gaspin, President, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, Digital Content and Cross Network Strategy. "We continually look at our options for launching new networks," said Gaspin. "Horror is one of the most reliably successful genres in entertainment today and Chiller seems like a well-timed addition to our portfolio." The new multi-platform channel will be offered as a triple pack service, which features a standard definition channel (SD), hi-definition simulcast channel (HD), and a video-on-demand (VOD) channel as well as broadband on demand offerings. Dan Harrison, Senior Vice President Emerging Networks, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, will oversee day-to-day operations of Chiller. He also runs Sleuth and Universal HD under the Emerging Networks banner. "DIRECTV is a valued partner of ours, has supported all of our services, and we are thrilled that they are the first affiliate to launch Chiller," said Bridget Baker, resident, NBC Universal Television Networks Distribution. "We believe that Chiller and the horror genre is one that all of our affiliates will embrace." Chiller will feature classic horror films and television shows around the clock. At launch, the programming slate will include the television series "Friday the 13th," "Twin Peaks," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Tales from the Crypt." Feature films in rotation will include "The Shining," Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and "The Birds," "Sphere," The Stephen King mini-series "The Langoliers," "Blade Runner," "Believe," "The Crew" and "The Unholy." The specific programming schedule for Chiller will be announced at a later date. About Chiller Chiller, an NBC Universal Cable channel scheduled to launch March 1, 2007, is the only entertainment cable channel dedicated to the popular horror genre, around the clock. Chiller features exclusive horror and thriller programming from "Twin Peaks," "Tales From the Crypt" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" to "The Shining," Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and "The Birds" and "The Unholy." To learn more, visit: Chiller will offer a digital triple-pack service, which features a standard definition digital channel (SD), hi-definition simulcast channel (HD), and a video-on-demand (VOD) channel offered as a digital bundle. The SD digital channel will be available in the first quarter of 2007, with the VOD and HD offerings available later in 2007. About NBC Universal Television Networks Distribution NBC Universal Television Networks Distribution, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's preeminent media companies, drives the company's cable strategic development and growth including video-on-demand, pay-per-view, HDTV, TV EST (electronic sell-through), TV Wireless distribution and retransmission consent, and oversees the cable distribution, marketing and local ad sales of fourteen properties (Bravo, CNBC, CNBC World, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Weather Plus, SCI FI, ShopNBC, Sleuth, Telemundo, Telemundo Puerto Rico, Universal HD, USA and the Olympics on cable). About DIRECTV, Inc. DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, presents the finest television experience available to more than 15.6 million customers through exclusive content, industry-leading customer service (which has surpassed cable for six years running) and superior technologies. Each day, DIRECTV subscribers enjoy over 250 channels of 100% digital picture and sound; exclusive programming and the most comprehensive collection of sports programming available anywhere including NFL SUNDAY TICKET(tm), and MLB EXTRA INNINGS(tm). DIRECTV (NYSE:DTV) also leads the digital television technology revolution with exclusives such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET SuperFan(tm), US Open Interactive and YES Network Interactive and will soon have the capacity to offer over 150 channels in HD. For the most up-to-date information on the Company, please visit
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  • Jan. 12, 2007, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    this is what im talking about

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by kurdt420

    I hope they run that show Werewolf from the eighties. I know its a cheesy show but the werewolf looked cool for the time. I loved staying up late as a kid and watching it as well as Tales from the Darkside and Friday the 13th the series.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Wow, actual good content

    by VanLingoMungo

    Sounds like it's going to be good channel. Tons of good stuff. Loaded library to start with, and some original stuff later. Huzza!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Twin Peaks is horror according to whom?

    by PervOmatic

    Sounds like SciFi 2.0 to me.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    I assume Fox will not let THE X-FILES AIR THERE.

    by wackybantha


  • Jan. 12, 2007, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Wow, another cable network full of reruns...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...Seriously, if you own a dvd player and/or an internet connection at this point why do you care?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 2:58 a.m. CST

    TWIN PEAKS is certainly horror

    by Messiahman

    In that it features demons from other dimensions possessing folks and causing them to commit bloody murder. The scene where Bob manifests in Leland and murders Maddie is one of the scariest, most disturbing scenes in television history. Granted, the show was a hybrid of other genres, but horror was most definitely at the forefront of the second season.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 6:25 a.m. CST

    More like Twin Reeks!

    by Dazzler69

    Had to say it!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 6:44 a.m. CST

    American Gothic? Dark Shadows?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Really how many horror based series were there? How many worth watching? <p> For a short time there was another horror soap on either just before or just after Dark Shadows. For some reason it never gets aired.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I can't wait and I'll enjoy it while it lasts!

    by FilmCritic3000

    It'll be cool to see all of those old shows and I hope they dig deep into the vaults of their content providers. But I have to remember to temper my excitement just a tad when I see what NBC Universal's done with SCI FI through the years, Battlestar Galactica and the occasional miniseries excluded. Hopefully Chiller can avoid that and it will as long as SCI FI Channel President Bonnie Hammer's nowhere near it. Also currently redirects to Just like SCI FI when it started, Chiller will initially run series and movies from the vault that we haven't seen in a while that we'll all be geeking out over. But until that melancholy day in 2013 when Chiller starts airing "WWE Fear Fights" and "Who Wants To Be A Serial Killer?", I'll bask in the manna this provides for the time being. I'd like to see "Darkroom" again and I echo EvilWizardGlick - "American Gothic" should be played ("Someone's at the door".) And eventually hosted movies would be cool as well.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Name should be.. <cheapshot>

    by Diagnostic

    NFL Network 2. Dum, dum, Ta-Da!

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    That would be SWEET if they air that in high-def! Depressing as hell, but the cinematography! And yes, Sherilyn Fenn's Twin Peaks will look fantastic in HD.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Man, think of the possibilities . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Please don't be lame like Sci-Fi. If this thing showed EVERYthing horro, it would rock. Humanoids From The Deep, It's Alive, Sleepaway Camp, The Changeling, Deadly Eyes, The Brood. Damn, that's just the first few that popped into my head . . .

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Monsters HD anyone?

    by geekzapoppin

    It's been around for several years now. True, they need to have a little more variety but it's a good channel.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST

    where's the Horror Channel?

    by notbad

    I've been holding out for the Horror Channel for years now. With this new channel being on DirectTV, now would be a great time for cable providers to give the Horror Channel a shot. It sounds a lot more promising: great classic horror films, quality original programming, big names in horror backing it. I'd rather see that content. (

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Dr. Tongue's 3D House of Stewardesses

    by zacdilone

    That was really scary, eh kids?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Bob was NOT a demon.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Bob was an alterego. He is no different than the alterego in Switchblade Romance. <p> <p> How does one explain the UFO stuff? Don S. Davis/Major Garland Briggs was disappeared in a 4400 shaft of light. I think the story line had something to do with Project Blue Book as well.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Twin Peaks Quote

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Ben Horne: We've lain a gala reception for your fair-haired boys tonight; all of Twin Peaks' best and brightest. <p>Jerry Horne: We're holding it in a phone booth?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Six Fingered Hand's Got To Eat!

    by MrD

    Really, if they're using the Chiller name, I hope they use that classic intro somewhere.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Who gives a shit

    by Milton Waddams

    Just give me my 100 channels of sweet HD goodness on directv

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    You Damn You Michael Bay and Gotta Eat People

    by Milton Waddams

    You are some funny sons of bitches! After seeing that on the message boards hundreds of times I still piss myself laughing! You guys are funny.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    X-Files in HD

    by Milton Waddams

    is on TNTHD. Bet they have an exclusive.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    The log told me so....

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by Deus Vult

    A horror channel, yawn. New episode and new season of Rome--KICK MUTHAFUCKIN ASS SON! Now there is a story worth reading and might I add writing about. I'm not sure if they advance you/this site that kind of thing but if not hey let's get the ball rolling.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Re: The Horror Channel

    by Kasch

    As someone who was employed with The Horror Channel for nearly 3 years, I can easily tell you that it stands no chance in hell of happening. There's a reason why the entire staff walked from top to bottom. If you take a look at the website, you'll notice that it hasn't been active in months.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    howl is the worst onomatopoeia

    by Bob C. Cock

    actually, i've never really seen it used before now, and i don't enjoy it.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Kolchak is Universal...

    by zombieslayer

    of course, so is the remake...

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Directv needs this big time- their HD Channels Blow

    by Jugdish

    This better happen next year or else I'm jumping ship to AT&T. Currently we have like 7 HD channels...How many times can you watch Sunrise Earth in HD?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by obiwayne

    DirectTv announced Monday that over 100 HDTV channels to launch before the end of this year. They spent 2006 launching more satellites and getting them ready to handle to extra load of carrying more HD content. Pretty much all the major cable networks already have an HD simulcast (i.e. MTV, USA, Food Network) so essentially we'll have most of our current channels in HD and some new ones like Chiller and probably anything else new that shows up in the next year.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by Jugdish

    I hope that you are right. Honestly, if this is true, Directv should anticipate an enormous amount of subscribers. 100 extra HD channels sounds like it might be too good to be true- but thanks for the info...For now, I am psyched for this new horror/Sci Fi Channel. Beggers Can't Be Choosers

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Uhm no, if Bob was only an alterego...

    by Messiahman

    Then how did he manage to possess Cooper in the Black Lodge? While it's true that Bob served as a metaphor, he was indeed a spiritual entity (as were the midget and the giant) and the fact that he appeared to multiple people confirms this. He has nothing in common with the alterego in HAUTE TENSION. Thanks for playing.

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Monsters HD anyone?

    by ELGordo

    Herlanding a horror channel for a decade or so? Monsters HD have been doing a bang up job so far. Where else can you see Monster Squad in HD? Anyone? Anyone?

  • Jan. 12, 2007, 10:09 p.m. CST

    BTW, Chiller's website is at

    by FilmCritic3000

    Title says it all. Just the logo's up for now. I guess the channel's slogan is going to be "Dare To Watch".