|Launched||16 November 2009 (UK)
3 December 2012 (Pan-Europe)
|Owned by||CBS Studios International/
AMC Networks International
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
0.10% (September 2015 , BARB)
0.04% (July 2013, Nielsen)
|Replaced||UK: Zone Romantica (2009)
Central & Eastern Europe: Zone Romantica (2012)
Poland: Club TV (2012)
Extreme Sports Channel
|Freeview (UK)||Channel 71|
|Freesat (UK)||Channel 134|
|Sky (UK & Ireland)||Channel 149|
|Eutelsat 28A||11343 V 27500 2/3|
|Virgin Media (UK)||Channel 197|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
|FilmOn||nu-drama Watch live|
On 14 September 2009, it was revealed that the international arm of CBS, CBS Studios International, struck a joint venture deal with Chellomedia to launch six CBS-branded channels in the UK during 2009. The new channels would replace Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller, Zone Horror and Zone Reality, plus timeshift services Zone Horror +1 and Zone Reality +1. On 1 October 2009, it was announced that CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, CBS Drama and CBS Action would launch on 16 November 2009 replacing Zone Reality, Zone Reality +1, Zone Romantica and Zone Thriller. On 5 April 2010, Zone Horror and Zone Horror +1 were rebranded by Horror Channel and Horror Channel +1, following the rebrand of the portfolio’s other three channels in November 2009.
On 1 August 2012 Chellomedia revealed that all European versions of the Zone Channels would be rebranded into CBS Channels. CBS Drama replaced Zone Romantica on 3 December 2012 (in Poland replaced Club TV).
CBS Reality launched on Freeview on 1 April 2014 followed by CBS Action on 1 October 2014 and as of July 2014, CBS Reality +1, CBS Action, CBS Drama & Horror Channel are available on the YouView platform as part of TalkTalk Plus TV's Entertainment Boost, but were removed from the EPG on 2 June 2015.
CBS Drama broadcasts shows from the UK (such as Bad Girls, Waterloo Road, Footballers Wives), America (Dallas, CSI, Knots Landing), and Australia (Return To Eden, Bondi Rescue).
CBS Drama was available on the free-to-air platform Freesat in 2012. On 27 July 2014 all the CBS channels were available on Youview Talktalk plus TV as part of the entertainment package at no extra cost but they were all removed from the EPG on 2 June 2015. On 2 April 2014 CBS Reality was available on freeview channel 66 followed by CBS Action on 1 October 2014 on channel 70 but moved to channel 64 on 19 February 2015. Horror Channel on freeview on 13 March 2015 on channel 70 and CBS Drama launched on the freeview platform on 1 September 2015; since its launch it attracts at least 4.5 million viewers on freeview.
CBS Drama is no longer available on basic Freeview tv,but is available on Freeview HD television in the U.K only.
- The 4400 (in Bulgaria)
- Beverly Hills, 90210
- Bondi Rescue
- Boston Legal
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (seasons 1–3)
- The Division
- JAG (seasons 1–10)
- Jerry Springer
- Judge Judy
- Knots Landing
- Mile High
- Playing the Field
- Sex And The City
- Sunset Beach (in Poland, Russia and Bulgaria)
- Touched by an Angel
- Waterloo Road (seasons 1–7)
- CBS Reality
- CBS Action
- CBS Europa
- CBS Studios International
- AMC Networks International
- RTL CBS Extreme
- RTL CBS Entertainment
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- "CBS and Chellomedia take entertainment across EMEA". Broadband TV News. 2012-08-01.
- "Kanały CBS w Polsce. Co w ramówce?". Media2.pl. 2012-11-30.
- "Waterloo Road To Open Its Gates On CBS Drama". CBS Drama. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
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