|Launched||October 31, 2006
October 31, 2010 (linear channel)
|Owned by||Horror Entertainment, LLC
Sony Pictures (33%)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Headquarters||Santa Monica, CA|
|Available on select cable systems||Check local listings|
FEARnet is an American cable channel, website, and Video on Demand service that specializes in thriller, suspense, and horror entertainment. It is owned by Horror Entertainment LLC, a joint venture between Comcast, Lionsgate Entertainment, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. It launched on October 31, 2006.
FEARnet On Demand launched October 31, 2006. It features full-length horror, thriller, and suspense films as well as shorts, trailers, interviews, and behind-the-scenes clips. 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, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks,  and CenturyLink.
In September 2012, FEARnet became the first network to offer Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI). This technology decreases integration time from four weeks to as few as three days. It also allows advertisers to refresh creative mid-campaign and track impressions on a daily basis.
FEARnet Linear Cable Channel
The FEARnet linear cable channel is available on television 24/7 and features over 350 full-length feature films per year, as well as popular series and original content such as Tales from the Crypt, Reaper, Holliston, and the Funhouse Weekend Block. The channel was launched on October 31, 2010. It was originally scheduled to launch October 1st, but the date was moved back due to carriage negotiations. The FEARnet linear cable channel is currently available through Comcast (in select markets), Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, Bright House Networks, and CenturyLink.
The site features thriller, suspense, and horror films, 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.
In 2010, Peter Block was named the President and General Manager of FEARnet, taking over from Diane Robina. Prior to this post, Block launched the Saw franchise, which grossed over $877 million worldwide. Block has also produced several other genre blockbusters including Hostel, Cabin Fever, Open Water, and House at the End of the Street. While serving as President and General Manager of FEARnet, Block continues to run his production company A Bigger Boat.
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 filmmakers while struggling to make ends meet through their jobs at a Boston public-access cable station. The show co-stars Dee Snider, Corri English, and Laura Ortiz. Holliston was renewed for a second season which aired in 2013.
In August 2012, FEARnet began airing a two-hour block of programming on Saturday and Sunday mornings called "Funhouse." Airing in the block are reruns of The Real Ghostbusters, Tales From the Cryptkeeper, Eerie, Indiana, and Dark Oracle.
- Lionsgate Jumps Onboard FearNET, Bloody Disgusting, September 19, 2006
- 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
- FearNET Celebrates The Dark Side of Valentine’s Day With “Tainted Love” Sweepstakes FearNET Press Release, February 6, 2012
- FEARnet Greenlights First Original Series Broadcasting & Cable August 8, 2011