About us

“I never want to see anything conventional on this network”.

Since 1997, Network has made this single line of dialogue from Sidney Lumet’s 1976 film – the inspiration behind the company name – our mission statement. Mining the vaults of TV companies and film studios, unearthing original films from visionary directors on the fringes of mainstream cinema and beyond, Network’s catalogue is the perfect blend of new and nostalgic.

Experimental, passionate, diverse, and more committed than ever…

All content has been handpicked and lovingly curated by our team of archive film and tv experts who, through their work with ITV, BBC, Rank, ITC, Thames, FremantleMedia, Studiocanal and many others, have brought back a wealth of material that would otherwise have been left unseen. Their encyclopaedic knowledge of archives and library content continues to take us in exciting new directions.

‘Best Archive Restoration and Preservation Project’ FOCAL International Awards 2019.

Restoration work on iconic brands such as The Woman in Black, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The Prisoner, and Robin of Sherwood, has introduced these and other series and films to both old fans and new audiences in a quality never previously seen, supplemented by a wealth of brand-new material. The painstaking work done by Network’s hugely talented restoration team was finally recognised at the FOCAL International Awards 2019, with one win (Joe 90) and another nomination (The Zoo Gang).

Our on-going restoration programme continues with impressive work on hundreds of titles from the Studiocanal library under The British Film label, launched in 2013. With more than 150 new films added to an already established catalogue of more than 400 titles, spanning nine decades, most of them remastered in HD, this successful label is currently enjoying a very fruitful second phase.

“He who does not travel, who does not read, who does not listen to music, who does not find grace in himself, she who does not find grace in herself, dies slowly.” Pablo Neruda.

In the wake of Korean masterpiece Parasite’s (2019) Best Picture Oscar win, our eclectic range of world cinema has only grown in popularity. Network’s theatrical releasing arm introduces UK audiences to the works of visionary directors from around the world, including Kogonada (Columbus), Carlos Marques-Marcet (Anchor and Hope), Pablo Larraín (Neruda, NO, The Club and more), Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, and more), and Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) among others; both Pablo Larraín and Sebastián Lelio have received Oscar nominations, with the latter winning Best Foreign Language Film of the Year in 2018.

Welcome to a new old viewing experience from watch.networkonair.com…

And with the recent launch of our very own streaming platform, there are now more ways than ever before to experience our diverse range of content! Beginning with the ABC Network Collection, available for a limited time only, we are very excited to introduce you to a new concept in the world of archive tv… ‘Nights In’ allow you to enjoy up to six hours of vintage programmes, scheduled as if you were tuned in to an actual evening of television from the 1960’s.

‘Nights In’ are complemented by our classic series collections, many of which are available to rent for the first time, with more delightful dramas and comedy classics added regularly!

“I am not a number. I am a person.”

After more than 20 years and over 3000 releases on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital and in cinemas, there is still nothing conventional on this Network. But do not take our word for it, if you are not a fan of numbers – like a certain prisoner – dive into the Network catalogue today and see for yourself!