Nickelodeon (Scandinavia)

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Nickelodeon Scandinavia
Nickelodeon logo new.svg
Launched 1996
Country Netherlands
Broadcast area Denmark, Norway, Finland
Availability
Satellite

Nickelodeon Scandinavia is a children's channel broadcasting in Denmark, Norway and Finland. It broadcasts programming from the similarly branded channels in the United Kingdom and the United States as well as a few locally produced programmes.

History[edit]

The channel started broadcasting in 1996 as a part of the analogue Viasat package, only broadcasting in the morning, sharing one transponder on Sirius 1 (previously Marcopolo 1) with ZTV and one on TV Sat 2 shared with 3+ and other Danish channels.[1] The official launch was February 1, 1997.[2] Initially it was only broadcasting for six hours between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. A few years later, it switched to another transponder, allowing it to broadcast between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Nickelodeon joined the Swedish terrestrial network in 2001 and the Finnish terrestrial network on September 1, 2007.

In June 2008, a separate channel for Sweden was launched. Nickelodeon Sweden replaced the pan-Nordic channel in all of Sweden. The pan-Nordic does however continue to be available in Denmark, Finland and Norway.

A Danish version, Nickelodeon Denmark, was launched in March 2008.[3][4] It was launched with VH1 Denmark, which aired Nickelodeon for six hours in the morning. The Pan-Nordic version in still available to Danish satellite viewers.

In 2011, the channel started broadcasting commercials in Norwegian, despite also being available in Denmark and Finland at the time.[5]

On January 7, 2013, Viacom launched a Finnish version of Nick Jr. which replaced Nickelodeon Scandinavia on cable and in the terrestrial network.[6][7] Nickelodeon Scandinavia continues to be available on satellite in Finland.

Broadcast[edit]

Most cartoons are dubbed into local languages, and separate audio tracks are available on satellite. Non-cartoon series aimed an older audience is broadcast in English.

The limited broadcasting hours meant that the channel usually shared bandwidth with other channels who would broadcast in the evening and the night. On Viasat, it used to broadcast on the channel as Viasat Nature, Viasat Crime and Playboy TV, but this was changed in 2007 when Viasat Nature started broadcasting in the day and Nickelodeon would timeshare with VH1 instead. Many cable systems took the Viasat feed.

On Canal Digital, the European version of VH1 Classic is broadcast in the downtime, and on Swedish DTT, (Boxer), Star! was once shown during the same time.

The channel was previously broadcast from the United Kingdom, but in 2008 it handed back its UK license and started broadcasting from the Netherlands instead.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SS News vol. 01 96.09.27
  2. ^ "Nick International". Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Viacom Q1 2008 Earnings Call Transcript". 
  4. ^ "PULSE First Quarter". Viacom. 
  5. ^ "Norwegian commercials on Nickelodeon". LumoTV. September 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Nickelodeonista Nick Jr. 7.1. alkaen". PlusTV. January 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Nickelodeon changed name into Nick Jr.". LumoTV. January 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Ontheffingsverzoek oorspronkelijk Nederlands- of Friestalige programmaonderdelen". 
  9. ^ "Television Broadcast Licensing Update July 2008". Ofcom. 

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