AMC Networks Inc was incorporated in Delaware on March 9, 2011 as an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation. On June 30, 2011, Cablevision spun off the Company and the Company became an independent public company. AMC Networks, formerly Rainbow Media Holdings, has changed its name in conjunction with the spin-off. Company owns and operates several of cable television's brands delivering high quality content to audiences and a valuable platform to distributors and advertisers. Company manage its business through two operating segments: National Networks, which includes AMC, IFC and SundanceTV, IFC Films, AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology and various developing online content distribution initiatives. National Networks are distributed throughout the United States via cable and other multichannel video programming distribution platforms, including direct broadcast satellite, platforms operated by telecommunications providers. In addition to its extensive U.S. distribution, AMC, IFC and Sundance Channel are available in Canada. Sundance Channel is also distributed in Europe, Asia and Latin America is distributed in Asia. International and Other segment includes the operations of AMC/Sundance Channel IFC Films, and AMC Networks Broadcasting & Technology. International and Other segment also includes VOOM HD Holdings LLC. On January 31, 2014, Company acquired the Chellomedia programming businesses in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America as well as joint venture interests in certain programming businesses. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates programming networks in certain respects affiliated with a cable television operator, as it is with Cablevision. The FCC also imposes rules regarding political broadcasts and telemarketing. Company's programming networks operate in two competitive markets. First, it compete with other programming networks to obtain distribution on cable television systems and other multichannel video programming distribution systems, such as DBS, and ultimately for viewing by each system's subscribers. Second, it compete with other programming networks and other sources of video content, including broadcast networks, to secure desired entertainment programming.
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