Streaming TV is growing more and more popular as the years go by, and regular cable networks have no choice but to find ways to keep up with streaming services. AMC got in the streaming game with the AMC Premiere option for customers, and those customers will soon be able to binge-watch the entire first season of the network's new series The Terror without any commercials. Here's what's happening.
Season 1 of The Terror will run for ten episodes and star Jared Harris of The Crown, Tobias Menzies of Outlander, and Ciarán Hinds of Game of Thrones as officers of the Royal Navy in the mid-19th century. The Royal Navy embarks on a dangerous journey into unchartered territories in the quest to find the Northwest Passage. Unfortunately, dangerous conditions and weather, limited resources for the crew, faltering hope as they run into problem after problem, infighting, and the prospect of likely death far from home make the mission quite difficult for everybody. The series is inspired by a true story, but that doesn't mean that it will be anything less than... well, terrifying.
All ten episodes of Season 1 will become available to AMC Premiere subscribers on Monday, March 26. Unlike Netflix, however, AMC won't release the episodes at the crack of midnight for binge-watchers to speed through overnight. Season 1 won't be available until the first episode begins to air on AMC at 9 p.m. ET on March 26. AMC Premiere customers still have to wait until air time to catch the premiere, but they'll be able to watch without commercial interruption and then just keep watching to their hearts' delight.
This full-season release of The Terror marks the second time AMC has released a whole batch of a show's episodes at once. The full first season of McMafia also debuted on AMC Premiere when its first episode aired live on AMC. The McMafia release boosted AMC Premiere to its most successful week ever, which is a notable achievement considering how AMC Premiere has also offered bonus footage for The Walking Dead in the past. Exact viewing numbers aren't available for McMafia on AMC Premiere, but AMC has stated that all eight episodes of the season generated viewership within their first 24 hours available on the streaming service.
Unfortunately, AMC Premiere isn't just another streaming service like Netflix or Hulu that you can sign up for on its on. AMC Premiere launched back in the summer of 2017 as an optional upgrade for Xfinity customers. If customers who already got AMC as part of their package were willing to shell out an extra $4.99 per month, they could watch AMC originals without commercials on demand and live. Bonus content and extras were available for series like Preacher and Fear the Walking Dead in addition to The Walking Dead.
AMC Premiere or no AMC Premiere, you can catch the first episode of The Terror on Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. For more of what you can watch now and in the not-too-distant future, take a look at our midseason TV premiere guide and our 2018 Netflix schedule. If you're not up on the shows that have gotten the axe recently, be sure to drop by our rundown of TV renewals and cancellations.