Showtime Scandinavia

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Showtime Scandinavia
Showtime.svg
Launched 30 September 2004
Owned by NonStop Television
Audience share 0.2% (2008, [1])
Slogan Nonstop Action
Country Norway, Sweden
Broadcast area Nordic countries
Website http://www.nonstop.tv/showtime
Availability
Satellite
Cable
Com Hem Channel 92
IPTV
Telia Digital-tv Channel 61

Showtime Scandinavia (generally referred to simply as Showtime) is a television channel broadcasting action movies to the Nordic countries operated by NonStop Television, part of Turner Broadcasting System, TBS, Inc., which merged with Time Warner in 1996, and now operates as a semi-autonomous unit of Time Warner. Its name and logo is licensed by Showtime Networks Inc., owners of the American Showtime. The two channels however do not share any programme content.

History[edit]

NonStop Television received a license for a channel with the working title NonStop Film on January 2004 when the government awarded new licenses for the terrestrial network (DTT). The channel was put into the new fifth multiplex that covered 50 percent of the country.

The channel was named Showtime and started broadcasting at 18:00 hrs. (CET) on 30 September 2004. It was then available from Boxer TV Access (DTT in Sweden), Canal Digital satellite throughout the Nordic countries and cable services.

In 2005, the channel became available in the basic analogue package for the Canal Digital cable viewers in Norway.

In February 2006, the Swedish government took back Showtime's terrestrial license. NonStop Television were however awarded a new license for a channel called Nonstop Filmfestival (working title). The channel was named Silver and replaces Showtime in May 2006.

Content[edit]

The programming consists almost entirely of action movies (and programmes about movies) dating from the 1970s to more recent days.

Movies are delivered by several distributors, such as Buena Vista International Television, Fox, MGM, Paramount and Universal.

Subtitling is available in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish.

Availability[edit]

According to NonStop, the channel is available to approximately 1 million households as of April 2006.

Via satellite, the channel is distributed through Canal Digital. As of 2006, the channel is added as a bonus when buying both the Canal+ and Family package. The channel isn't (as of 2006) available through Viasat.

Showtime is available through many cable distributors, including Canal Digital, Com Hem (Sweden), HTV (Finland), TDC (Denmark) and UPC (Sweden and Norway).

Since December 2009 the same NonStop Television has started also a "Showtime Baltics" channel in Estonia, which in 2010 should start to operate in Latvia and Lithuania as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Årsrapport 2008, Mediamätning i Skandinavien 

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