|Launched||16 November 2009 (UK)
3 December 2012 (Pan-Europe)
|Owned by||CBS Studios International/
AMC Networks International
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 16:9)|
|Audience share||0.1% (UK) (July 2014BARB)
0.04% (PL) (July 2013, Nielsen)
|Replaced||UK: Zone Romantica (2009)
Central & Eastern Europe: Zone Club (2012)
|Sister channel(s)||CBS Action
|Freesat UK||Channel 134|
|Sky UK & Ireland||Channel 149|
|Eutelsat 28A||11343 V 27500 2/3|
|Virgin Media UK||Channel 197|
|Smallworld Cable UK||Channel 158|
|TalkTalk Plus TV||Channel 486|
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, 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.
CBS Drama currently broadcasts shows from the CBS archive as well as the archives of other American television networks, including: Dallas, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Judge Judy. It also broadcasts UK drama series.
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