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AMC Networks Inc

Company report, featuring a PESTLE, Porters Five Forces, 5C, MOST, CATWOE and SWOT analysis

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Company Description

AMC Networks Inc. is an American entertainment company headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1980, the company mainly produces and distributes media content such as films and television shows. Its main products and services are cable television programming and internet streaming services, and they serve the domestic and international television markets.

Industry Overview

AMC Networks Inc operates in the entertainment industry, primarily involved in the production and distribution of television programming. This industry is worth an estimated $146 billion in the US market, and employs an estimated 77 million people worldwide. The majority of these employees are based in the US and Europe, with a smaller presence in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Industry Classification

In terms of formal classification, Platform Executive has tagged AMC Networks Inc as a business operating within the Media industry.

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Intellectual Property

Some of the Patents granted to, or relevant to the organisation include the following:

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,630,637
Date: April 21, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,590,541
Date: March 10, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,585,286
Date: March 3, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,583,869
Date: March 3, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,553,176
Date: February 4, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,544,223
Date: January 28, 2020

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,514,912
Date: December 31, 2019

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,426,716
Date: October 8, 2019

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,368,919
Date: August 13, 2019

Patent Title: System and method for providing access to broadcast programming
Patent ID: 10,238,035
Date: April 2, 2019

Major Products & Services

The main products and/or services commercialised by this business include the following:

  • Television networks: AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv
  • Streaming services: AMC+, Acorn TV and UMC
  • Streaming content: AMC Premiere, AMC+ movies, AMC+ originals and Shudder
  • Digital media: IFC Films, Sundance Now, Shudder and SundanceTV
  • Licensing and merchandising: Movies, series, and other content from the AMC Networks library
  • Advertising: In-program, online, and out-of-home advertising services

Key Competitors

We have identified the following organisations as being key competitors:

  • Comcast Corporation
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • 21st Century Fox
  • CBS Corporation
  • Viacom
  • Time Warner
  • Lionsgate
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Discovery Communications
  • Scripps Networks Interactive
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Key Stakeholders

Stakeholders are individuals or groups who have an interest in a business and/or are affected by its actions.

These stakeholders can have different requirements and expectations from the business, which must be taken into account when making decisions.

By understanding their stakeholders’ requirements, a business can make informed decisions that benefit all involved.

Below is the list of internal and external stakeholders we have identified for this business:

1. Customers: Consumers who purchase AMC Network’s television and streaming services.

2. Employees: The staff and personnel who are employed by AMC Networks Inc.

3. Distributors: Companies that distribute AMC Network’s content.

4. Investors: Individuals and institutions who invest in AMC Network’s stock.

5. Regulators: Government agencies and other organisations that regulate AMC Networks Inc.

6. Competitors: Companies that offer similar content and services.

7. Suppliers: Companies that provide goods and services to AMC Networks Inc.

8. Advertisers: Organisations that advertise on AMC Network’s channels.

Value Proposition

A value proposition explains the unique value and/or benefits that an organisation provides to its customers, partners, stakeholders and the overall market. It outlines what makes a company like AMC Networks Inc different from its competitors, along with what it can offer that key competitors cannot.

A corporate value proposition can be used with the competitive advantages section of this report in order to better understand AMC Networks Inc and its position within the marketplace.

The value proposition for AMC Networks Inc. is to provide a wide range of content, including original programming, to subscribers. The company also provides a platform for its subscribers to share content, including through social media.

Competitive Advantages

Competitive advantages are unique attributes, strategies, resources, or capabilities that allow an organisation to outperform its competitors and achieve superior market position and profitability.

Competitive advantages for the business include the following:

Quality Content: AMC Networks Inc has a strong portfolio of high-quality content, including award-winning shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men.” This content helps the company stand out in the competitive television landscape.

Diverse Distribution Platforms: AMC Networks Inc is available on a variety of platforms, including cable, satellite, streaming, and online services. This makes it easy for viewers to access their content.

Experienced Management Team: AMC Networks Inc has an experienced management team that has helped the company remain competitive in the television industry.

Strong Financials: AMC Networks Inc has a strong financial position, with strong revenue growth and healthy cash flows. This gives the company the resources to invest in future growth.

Customers & Cohorts

As part of this competitive intelligence study, we have identified the main customers of the organisation.

These include the following cohorts:

  • Cable Television Operators
  • Satellite Distributors
  • Telecommunication Companies
  • Digital Media Platforms
  • Streaming Services
  • Broadcasters
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Regional Media Organisations
  • Content Partners
  • Consumers

Market Trends

Market trends can impact an organisation by influencing consumer behavior, altering supply and demand dynamics, and affecting the organisation's ability to remain competitive in the market.

As part of this study, we have identified a number of potential short-term to medium-term trends that could impact the organisation. These include the following:

Key Market Trends
Increasing Demand for Streaming Services: As consumers continue to shift away from traditional television watching habits, the demand for streaming services and content is increasing. This could impact AMC Networks Inc by forcing them to invest more in developing and producing streaming content.

Growing Competition from New Media Companies: New media companies are entering the market, and these companies have the financial resources and innovative technology to compete with traditional media companies like AMC. This could put pressure on AMC to create more innovative products and services.

Growing Consumer Interest in Niche Content: Consumers are increasingly seeking out content that is more specific to their interests. This could impact AMC as they may need to invest in creating niche content in order to remain competitive.

Rise in Social Media Advertising: Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are becoming increasingly popular for advertising. This could have an effect on AMC as they may need to invest more in social media advertising in order to reach their target audience.

Key Performance Indicators

Key Performance Indicators

Below is a list of KPI's that we have identified as being strategically relevant to this organisation:

Financials (BETA)

The key financials for AMC Networks Inc include income statements, which can be found in their annual reports. These financial statements provide information on the organisation's financial performance and health, including revenue, expenses, and profits. This information, along with other indicators are used by investors, analysts and other stakeholders to evaluate the company's performance and future prospects.

Where a financial does not match, we have included those of the parent company (if a listed entity). If the financials are missing please contact us and we will prioritise the update.

Key Financials

Key Personnel

Income Statement

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Top-level corporate stats and financial highlights for the listed entity, include:

Share Performance

Below is the current (EOD) share performance for the company, or its listed parent:

Potential Products/Services

As part of this study we have attempted to prognosticate potential products and/or services this organisation could develop in the short to medium-term.

Streaming Services: AMC Networks Inc could create a streaming platform to allow viewers to access its content from any device.

Merchandise: AMC Networks Inc could create merchandise to help promote its shows and movies. This could include apparel, mugs, and other items.

Live Events: AMC Networks Inc could host live events such as premieres and screenings of its shows and movies.

Digital Platforms: AMC Networks Inc could create digital platforms such as apps and websites to help viewers access its content.

Educational Content: AMC Networks Inc could create educational content such as documentaries and lectures that would help viewers learn more about the topics featured in its shows and movies.

Games: AMC Networks Inc could develop video games based on its shows and movies to engage viewers in a fun and interactive way.

Potential Synergies

Using our product and portfolio-matching algorithm, we have determined that the following organisations have potential synergies with the company:

1. Comcast Corporation
2. Charter Communications
3. Sony Pictures Entertainment
4. Disney
5. Apple Inc.
6. Netflix
7. Microsoft Corporation
8. AT&T
9. ViacomCBS
10. Discovery Communications

Porter's Five Forces

Created by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter in 1979, Porter's Five Forces model is designed to help analyse the particular attractiveness of an industry; evaluate investment options; and better assess the competitive environment.

The five forces are as follows:

  • Competitive rivalry
  • Supplier power
  • Buyer power
  • Threat of substitution
  • Threat of new entries
The Porters 5 forces for AMC Networks Inc are:

1. Threat of new entrants: The company faces a MODERATE threat from new entrants. There are a few barriers to entry such as the need for significant capital investment and the need for scale. However, the company has a strong brand name and established relationships with distributors.

2. Bargaining power of buyers: The company has a MODERATE bargaining power of buyers. There are a few large buyers such as distributors and advertisers. However, the company has a strong brand name and established relationships with buyers.

3. Threat of substitutes: The company faces a MODERATE threat of substitutes. There are a few substitutes such as other entertainment options. However, the company has a strong brand name and established relationships with distributors.

4. Bargaining power of suppliers: The company has a MODERATE bargaining power of suppliers. There are a few suppliers such as content creators. However, the company has a strong brand name and established relationships with suppliers.

5. Competitive rivalry: The company faces a MODERATE level of competitive rivalry. There are a few competitors such as other entertainment companies. However, the company has a strong brand name and established relationships with distributors.

PESTLE Analysis

This PESTLE analysis is a strategic planning tool that assesses key external factors affecting the organisation, including the following:

  • Political
  • Economic
  • Social
  • Technological
  • Legal
  • Environmental

Each of these factors is analysed to determine their impact on the organisations strategy, objectives, and operations.

By utilising a PESTLE analysis, the organisation can make better decisions and develop strategies to address potential risks and opportunities.

PESTLE Analysis

CATWOE Analysis


The CATWOE analysis is used to investigate each stakeholders perspectives in order to enable the business to make informed decisions.

The CATWOE analysis is a problem-solving tool consisting of six elements:

  • Customers
  • Actors
  • Transformation process
  • World view
  • Owners
  • Environmental constraints

We view the CATWOE as being most useful when used in conjunction with other problem-solving tools such as a SWOT analysis.

Customers: AMC Networks Inc. provides entertainment content to consumers and businesses primarily in the United States and internationally. The company offers its customers access to television channels, programming, streamed content, and other services.

Actors: The actors involved in AMC Networks Inc. are its employees and management, the shareholders, and its customers.

Transformation process: AMC Networks Inc. is transforming the entertainment business by providing consumers with access to its content and services through its various channels, programming, streamed content, and other services.

World view: AMC Networks Inc. believes that by providing customers with access to its content and services, it can create a more connected and engaged viewing experience for its customers, which in turn will create more value for the company, its shareholders, and its customers.

Owners: AMC Networks Inc. is owned by the Dolan family, which controls the majority of the company's stock.

Environmental constraints: AMC Networks Inc. operates in a highly competitive environment, and is subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission and other agencies. Additionally, the company is subject to potential changes in technology, content availability, and consumer preferences, which could affect its business.

SWOT Analysis

This SWOT analysis is a strategic planning tool used to assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the AMC Networks Inc business.

When creating this SWOT the team at Platform Executive have taken into consideration the corporate strategy; brand; key financials; the competitive landscape; along with the products and/or services offered.

To offer increased context for future innovation and product development we also consider the historical context for the business and industry; and perceived direction of travel.

Upon researching the company, we have uncovered a number of strategic and operational strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

SWOT Analysis


Below is a list of the strengths we have identified for the business:

1. AMC Networks has a portfolio of strong and differentiated cable networks that are leaders in their respective genres, including AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv and IFC Films.

2. The company has a strong track record of creating and acquiring successful original programming that drives viewership and engagement, including "The Walking Dead," "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Killing."

3. AMC Networks benefits from significant scale, reach and distribution, with its networks available in approximately 94 million homes in the U.S. and over 140 countries and territories worldwide.

4. The company has a strong financial profile, with a diversified revenues stream and a commitment to disciplined financial management, which has resulted in consistent growth and profitability.


Below is a list of opportunities we have identified for the business:

1. Increase international presence by expanding distribution partnerships: AMC Networks Inc. (AMCNI) should look to strategically expand its distribution partnerships in countries outside of the US in order to increase its global presence. This would allow AMCNI to increase its revenue and reach by tapping into new markets and revenue streams.

2. Leverage its content library to increase digital and streaming distribution: AMCNI has a vast library of content, ranging from movies to TV shows. By leveraging this library, AMCNI can increase digital and streaming distribution, thus opening up new revenue streams and increasing overall consumer reach.

3. Develop a direct-to-consumer offering: AMCNI should look to develop a more comprehensive direct-to-consumer offering, such as an online subscription platform, to better monetize its content and increase consumer loyalty.

4. Improve its advertising and marketing capabilities: AMCNI should look to improve its advertising and marketing capabilities by leveraging new technologies and data analytics to better target consumers and drive more effective campaigns. This would help AMCNI to better monetize its content, reach new markets, and increase overall revenues.


Below is a list of the weaknesses we have identified for the business:

1. Lack of scale compared to competitors: AMC Networks Inc. is much smaller than many of its competitors in the cable TV networks industry. This lack of scale gives the company less negotiating power with distributors, and also limits its ability to invest in content and marketing.

2. High dependence on advertising revenues: Advertising revenues account for a very high proportion of AMC Networks Inc.'s total revenues. This dependence leaves the company vulnerable to economic downturns and changes in advertiser spending patterns.

3. Limited international reach: The vast majority of AMC Networks Inc.'s revenues come from the United States. This limited international reach reduces the company's diversification and exposes it to greater risks from changes in the U.S. economy.

4. Low barriers to entry: The cable TV networks industry has low barriers to entry. This means that there are many potential competitors that could enter the market and compete with AMC Networks Inc.


Below is a list of the threats we have identified for the business:

1. Media Consolidation and Industry Consolidation: Media consolidation is a major risk for AMC Networks Inc. as consolidation of the media industry could limit the company's ability to acquire or create new content and reduce their leverage in negotiating carriage fees. Industry consolidation could also lead to increased competition from larger and better-resourced companies, which could decrease the company's market share.

2. Changes in Consumer Habits: Changes in consumer habits can affect AMC Networks Inc. as the company relies heavily on viewers to watch their content. If consumers start to migrate away from traditional television, the company could be impacted negatively.

3. Piracy and Copyright Infringement: Piracy and copyright infringement can be a major threat to AMC Networks Inc. as it could reduce their ability to monetize their content and impact their revenues.

4. Changes in Advertising Market: Changes in the advertising market could also have an impact on AMC Networks Inc. as advertising revenues are a major source of income for the company. A decrease in advertising revenues could lead to a decrease in the company's profitability.

5C Analysis

The 5C Analysis is a marketing framework that can be used to provide insight into the key drivers of success, as well as the risk exposure to various environmental factors.
This (concise) 5C analysis examines the external and internal environment for AMC Networks Inc. It includes analysing the company's customers, competitors, collaborators, context, and capabilities. We have produced this short analysis to identify potential opportunities and threats to AMC Networks Inc, as well as areas where the company needs to improve its operations or strategy.
Company: AMC Networks Inc is an American entertainment company that primarily produces and distributes television programming. It owns and operates several popular cable networks, including AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and BBC America, as well as premium streaming services AMC+ and Acorn TV.

Collaborators: AMC Networks Inc works with numerous partners and collaborators. It has strategic partnerships with a variety of major entertainment, media, and technology companies, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google. It also maintains relationships with production companies, content providers, and advertising agencies.

Customers: AMC Networks Inc’s primary customers are television viewers. It providescontent to cable and satellite TV providers, streaming services, and other video on demand outlets. It also has an online store where customers can purchase digital copies of shows from its networks.

Competitors: AMC Networks Inc’s primary competitors are other television content producers and distributors, such as Disney, WarnerMedia, and NBCUniversal. It also competes with streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

Content: AMC Networks Inc produces and distributes a variety of programming, including drama, comedy, horror, and documentary series, as well as movies. It works with numerous partners to acquire content for its networks and streaming services. It also produces original content through its in-house production studio, AMC Studios.
5C Analysis

MOST Analysis

MOST Analysis

The MOST analysis framework is commonly used to identify an organisation's strategic goals, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and develop a plan to achieve its objectives. This analysis helps organisations to focus on what they want to achieve and how to achieve it, while also identifying potential roadblocks or obstacles that may arise along the way.

  • Mission
  • Objectives
  • Strategy
  • Tactics

We have created this analysis from a 3rd person perspective.

Innovation Scorecard

As part of our research and analysis activity, the team at Platform Executive assesses and then benchmarks businesses and the industry verticals in which they operate using a proprietary scoring mechanism.

First, we allocate a score of A-E for the industry vertical, gauged on the key organisations operating within the space; and then score the individual business using a 1-5 score.

A score of D-E within an industry means that it is potentially ripe to be disrupted by a new entrant into the marketplace; and/or vulnerable to technological change.

Likewise, a high score of 4-5 for the company in question indicates that in the view of the analysis team it lags behind notable businesses in terms of innovation and product pipeline.

Innovation Scorecard

Below is a guide to each score:

Industry score:

A The industry is amongst the most innovative; with the leading players all driving the sector forward.
Example industry: PaaS
B The industry and its leading players have a good track record of innovation; and can quickly react to change.
Example industry: Pharmaceutical
C Companies operating within the sector have adequate levels of innovation; and engage in R&D activities when appropriate.
Example industry: FMCG
DBusinesses operating in the industry do not invest enough time and resource into innovation. The sector is stagnant and a good candidate for disruption.
Example industry: Retail Banking
E The major players in the sector seem to lack suitable product development roadmaps; and as a result the sector is highly vulnerable to industry change.
Example industry: Publishing


Company score:

1 The business is amongst the leading players in terms innovation and product pipeline. This will fulfil and reinforce the operations of the business in the medium to long-term.
2 The business has a good track record of innovation, in terms of its products and/or its business model. It is therefore more likely to be able to react and adapt to any changes to the industry.
3 The business is deemed to have an adequate innovation plan, build on research and development and sustainability where appropriate. The business has a product development strategy.
4The business needs to invest more resource and/or intellectual capital in product development, pipelines and/or its business model. The business is at risk of stagnation.
5 The business seems to lack a suitable product development roadmap; and as a result is vulnerable to any notable industry change and/or new entrants in the marketplace.
The team at Platform Executive has judged AMC Networks Inc as having an innovation score of D2.


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Date: 1st March 2023

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Date: 17th March 2023

Next scheduled update: 18th April 2023

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