|Launched||October 31, 2006
October 31, 2010 (linear channel)
|Owned by||Horror Entertainment, LLC
Sony Pictures (33%)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||Can You Face It?|
Sony Movie Channel
Cine Sony Television
TV Guide Network
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings|
Fearnet (stylized as FEARnet) is an American cable channel, website and Video on Demand television service owned by Horror Entertainment LLC, a joint venture between Comcast, Lions Gate Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. It launched on October 31, 2006.
Regardless of Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in January 2011, Fearnet remains a separate entity of Comcast and its two other owners.
The site features horror, thriller, and suspense films and videos, trailers, and shorts. Daily news and reviews cover all areas of genre entertainment. The website currently has over 270,000 registered users who participate in sweepstakes, chats and forums. Streamed content is updated weekly.
Fearnet On Demand
It is currently available On Demand on Comcast, Cox Communications, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Insight Communications, Bresnan Communications, Guadalupe Valley Systems, Buckeye CableSystem, and Time Warner Cable.
Fearnet launched a high definition linear television channel known as Fearnet HD on October 31, 2010. Fearnet originally planned on launching on October 1, but the date was moved back due to their failure to reach any carriage agreements. Verizon FiOS was one the first carriers to add the linear Fearnet in December 2010. Comcast added the channel to select markets in April 2011. Time Warner Cable launched it on May 11, 2011. Cox Communications also added the channel to select markets in December 2011. As Comcast is part owner, this channel is only available regionally, but most markets still only have the On Demand service.
FEARnet supported the US Tour of the British Extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, which started his Tour 2011 under the title "Fearnet and Decibel Presents: Creatures From The Black Abyss Tour" with Nachtmystium, Turisas and Daniel Lioneye.
FEARnet premiered its first original series Holliston, on April 3, 2012. The show stars Adam Green and Joe Lynch as two college graduates chasing the dream of becoming successful horror movie filmmakers while struggling to make ends meet in their jobs at a Boston cable access station.
In August 2012, FEARnet began airing a 2 hour block of programming on Saturday and Sunday mornings called "Funhouse". Airing in the block is reruns of The Real Ghostbusters, Tales From the Cryptkeeper, Eerie, Indiana, and Dark Oracle.
- Lionsgate Jumps Onboard FEARNet, Bloody Disgusting, September 19, 2006
- FEARnet Celebrates The Dark Side of Valentine’s Day With “Tainted Love” Sweepstakes Fearnet Press Release, February 6, 2012
- FearNet Seeks Basic Carriage, Multichannel News, June 21, 2010
- FearNet Scares Up Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS Deals Multichannel News May 2, 2011
- Fearnet HD
- FEARnet Launches Cable Channel in October, Dread Central, June 21, 2010
- Verizon Adds FEARnet to the FiOS TV Channel Lineup Fearnet press release, December 15, 2010
- Dani Filth Talks Cradle of Filth, Music, Movies, and More
- FearNet Greenlights First Original Series Broadcasting & Cable August 8, 2011