AMC is a cable television network that primarily airs movies. Its acronym stands for American Movie Classics, although the full name has been deemphasized. AMC is owned by Rainbow Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation, and signed on October 1, 1984.
AMC was originally a premium cable channel that aired classic movies during the afternoons and early evenings, largely pre-1950s, in a commercial-free, generally unedited format. It was not uncommon for the channel to host a Marx Brothers marathon, or show such classics as the original Phantom of the Opera. In the early 1990s, the channel shifted to a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week format.
The network has since dramatically changed its programming, shifting from premium to basic cable, emphasizing more recent movies, adding a new logo, with a lowercase a (seen above at right) and using a new slogan: "TV For Movie People." With competitors such as Turner Classic Movies and Fox Movie Channel, AMC changed its format from a classic movie network to a broader movie network, airing movies from the 1970s onwards. They also began editing movies to fit timeslots and censoring for content.
The commercial-free format has also been abandoned. AMC airs fewer classic movies than they did years ago. Currently, AMC claims to air fewer commercials per hour than any other basic cable channel. 
From 1996 to 1998, before the format change, AMC aired its first original series, Remember WENN, a half-hour show about a radio station during the peak of radio's influence in the 1930s.
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