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Viasat World’s Epic Drama channel launches in Turkey

Viasat World’s Epic Drama channel and SVOD service have launched in Turkey for the first time via Turkcell’s over-the-top and IPTV platform, TV+.

The deal marks the latest Viasat World brand to go live on TV+, with Epic Drama joining Viasat Explore and Viasat History. All three channels are dubbed in Turkish and available via OTT and IPTV.

“Turkey is very well-known for its drama series. We selected Epic Drama as the first in the market to reach our subscribers with quality period dramas,” said TV+ business director, Baris Zavaroglu.

“We are particularly excited about Epic Drama as it taps into the zeitgeist – there is a lot of excellent home-produced drama on the scene, so Epic Drama will complement this perfectly, bringing the very best of what is being made internationally. Together with Viasat Explore and Viasat History, Epic Drama will add a new dimension to our offering and we look forward to seeing how they perform.”

Viasat World’s vice-president of commercial affairs, Emma Jones, said: “We are delighted to partner with Turkcell’s TV+ to launch Epic Drama in Turkey for the first time. Turkish audiences are loyal and discerning drama viewers so we know that the channel will make a huge impact, just as it has in the other markets where we see more operators lining up to take the channel as its fan base grows.”

Viasat World first launched Epic Drama in December 2017 and the channel is now available in 17 markets via operator partners in Central and Eastern Europe. Viasat World claims the channel has amassed some 10 million subscriptions to date.

Epic Drama offers a range of period drama series across genres including crime and mystery, classic literary adaptations, politics and power, war, action adventure, real history and fantasy. Its focus is on series produced in the last three years.

Turkcell’s TV+ service offers more than 170 live TV channels and an SVOD offering of movies, series and TV shows.