Six CBS-branded channels will launch in the UK later this year after the US giant’s international arm struck a joint venture deal with multichannel operator Chellomedia.

The new channels will replace Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller, Zone Horror and Zone Reality, plus Zone Horror+1 and Zone Reality+1, although their new themed brands have not been revealed.

They will air programming from CBS Studios International’s catalogue of more than 70,000 hours of drama, reality and long form content, including Dynasty and the original re-mastered series of Star Trek. The channels will also acquire third party programming.

Chellomedia’s international broadcaster arm, Chello Zone has agreed a 50/50 joint venture with CBS International and will continue to operate the channels.