TCM is taking its pay-off line, ‘Powered by Movies’, to a whole new level in December, when the powerful turbo engines and pimped-up exhausts of flashy, fast cars power their way across the small screen. Petrol-heads the country over will be glued to the TV when the popular movie channel on DStv (Channel 137), premieres Fast & Furious 6, from one of the world’s most successful movie franchises.
“Screening massive titles such as Fast & Furious 6 further entrenches TCM’s strong position as the go-to movie channel on DStv for big Hollywood blockbusters. Following the channel’s successful rebranding in 2015 to appeal to a wider audience that loves great American action and adventure movies, it has grown from strength to strength,” says Guillermo Farre, Turner’s Head of General Entertainment Channels for Spain, France and Africa.
“The latest ratings reinforce this solid performance. TCM has increased its ratings by 32% year on year (YoY). These results are a positive reflection that our target audience loves the new-look channel and the exciting line-up of movies that we broadcast on a daily basis.”
This on the back of some strong performing titles during the year, including The Fast & Furious in June, The Mummy in August and Blood Diamond in September.
“As the channel continues its strong performance on the DStv Premium and family packages, we are pleased to announce that TCM is now also available on all DStv package options, including Access and Easy View. This increased presence enables us to reach a wider base of movie lovers,” comments Farre.
“Our audiences can’t get enough of action-driven movies such as the Fast & Furious movies, so we are really pleased to bring the sixth movie in this popular franchise to the TCM channel – just in time for the December holiday season.”
Fast & Furious 6 premieres on TCM on Monday 12 December at 20:00, with two further screenings during the month, on 18 December at 18:00 and on 27 December at 20:00. So, book your place on the couch now!
In the film, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the blockbuster franchise – built on speed – races to its next continent for the most high stakes adventure yet! Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries. The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Hold on tight! Fast & Furious 6 takes the narrative, stunts and action to even greater heights!
Directed by Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond, True Detective)) and written by Chris Morgan, the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez among the all-star cast.
As if Fast & Furious 6 was not enough to celebrate the end of a successful year, TCM is celebrating a feast of movies from one of Hollywood’s most popular storytellers of all time: Steven Spielberg. On 18 December, Steven Spielberg turns 70 – a reason to celebrate his amazing achievements in anyone’s book! And, even more reason on TCM, the channel that is ‘powered by movies’.
During December, TCM will also be treating viewers to a line-up of movies that were either directed or produced by Steven Spielberg. Three of his magical movies will be screened every Saturday evening, on 03, 10, 17 and 24 December.
To see out 2016, TCM presents a 24-hour Steven Spielberg movie marathon on 31 December in the company of the greatest adventure director of all times, and the magical, fantastical and adventuresome characters he has brought to life on the silver screen. Viewers can look forward to such popular titles as The Color Purple, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, The Goonies, Poltergeist, Gremlins / Gremlins 2, and the entire action-packed Indiana Jones series starring Harrison Ford as the world’s favourite anthropologist.
“Movies fans have a feast of exclusive titles to look forward to as we head into the holiday season and the new year, including new titles such as Underworld, We Were Soldiers and K-19,” says Farre.