Comedy Central Extra

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Comedy Central Extra
Comedy Central Extra.png
Launched UK & Ireland
1 September 2003
Netherlands
1 November 2011
Adriatic Region
1 August 2012
Owned by UK & Ireland
Paramount UK Partnership
(Paramount British Pictures/BSkyB)
Netherlands
Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Audience share UK:
0.1%
~0.0% (+1) (September 2014 (2014-09), BARB)
Broadcast area Adriatic Region
Netherlands
Ireland
United Kingdom
Formerly called Paramount Comedy 2
(2003–2009)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service Comedy Central Extra +1
Website comedycentral.co.uk
comedycentral.ie
comedycentral.nl/extra
Availability
Satellite
Sky (UK & Ireland) Channel 128
Channel 159 (+1)
Cable
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 182
Smallworld Cable (UK) Channel 132
UPC Ireland Channel 134
UPC Netherlands Channel 114
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 131
WightFibre (UK) Channel 116
SBB (Serbia) various
IPTV
TalkTalk Plus TV (UK) Channel 418
KPN (Netherlands) Channel 309
Streaming media
UPC Horizon Watch live (Netherlands only)

Comedy Central Extra is a sister comedy television channel to Comedy Central available in the Adriatic region, Czech Republic, Ireland, Moldova, the Netherlands, Romania,[1] Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

The channel launched as Paramount Comedy 2 in the UK and Ireland on 1 September 2003 on Sky, and followed soon after on 22 September 2003 on Telewest and 15 October 2003 on NTL. The channel was originally a so-called 'timeshift' service, offering programmes from Paramount Comedy at different times. It later started broadcasting some different programming from Paramount, often British.

Logo used in the UK and Ireland until 31 July 2012.

On 17 February 2009, it was announced that both Paramount Comedy 1 and Paramount Comedy 2 would be re-branded as Comedy Central and Comedy Central Extra on 6 April 2009 at 9pm.[2] The name change coincided with the launch of a new programming line-up which included new episodes of Two and a Half Men, The Office and South Park.

On 1 November 2011, Comedy Central Extra launched a localised version in the Netherlands through cable operator Ziggo.[3] Followed by KPN on 15 January 2012[4] and UPC Netherlands on 1 April 2012.[5] On 1 August 2012, the channel launched in the Adriatic region: Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.[6][7]

Timeshift service[edit]

Within the UK and Ireland, a timeshift service called Comedy Central Extra +1 (formerly Paramount Comedy 2 +1 from 2007 to 2009) was launched on Sky on 5 November 2007. The channel reduced its hours to 7pm – 6am on 4 August 2008, as Nicktoonsters launched on 18 August 2008. On 2 October 2012, the channel began to run full-time again following the closure of Nicktoons Replay.

Programming[edit]

Comedy Central Extra currently airs a variety of American comedy in the daytime including Frasier and M*A*S*H.

After 10pm, the shows are a mix of American and British comedy with shows including Grumpy Old Men, Eurotrash and Time Gentlemen Please.

In January 2007, the channel switched from mainly American programmes to classic British programming with shows such as Seinfeld, Cheers and Roseanne being replaced by Bless This House, George & Mildred and The Upper Hand.

In February 2007, the channel had a 'British Classics' season, with such hits as Spitting Image and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

At weekends, the channel used to screen classic British comedy such as The Upper Hand, Bless This House, George and Mildred, Brush Strokes, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Don't Wait Up and Mr Bean.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Dziadul (27 March 2013). "Viacom widens Romanian reach". Broadband TV News. 
  2. ^ Neil Wilkes (17 February 2009). "Paramount Comedy to become Comedy Central". Digital Spy. 
  3. ^ Robert Briel (24 October 2011). "Comedy Central Extra debuts on Ziggo". Broadband TV News. 
  4. ^ Jarco Kriek (14 December 2011). "KPN Interactieve TV breidt uit met Comedy Central, BravaNL en Family7". Totaal TV. 
  5. ^ Jarco Kriek (15 February 2012). "Zenderuitbreiding bij UPC". Totaal TV. 
  6. ^ Jesse Whittock (31 July 2012). "Comedy Central gives Balkans Extra". C21Media. 
  7. ^ Georg Szalai (31 July 2012). "Viacom to Launch Comedy Central Extra in Adriatic Region". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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