Canal Panda

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Canal Panda
Canal Panda 2015.png
Launched December 5, 1996
Owned by Dreamia
(NOS, AMC Iberia)
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Audience share 1.5% (Week 10 '14, [1])
Slogan Canal Panda é fixe!
(Canal Panda is cool!)
Broadcast area Portugal
Cape Verde
Headquarters Lisbon, Portugal
Formerly called Panda Club (1996–1997)
Sister channel(s) Biggs
Canal Hollywood
NOS 42
MEO 43
DStv (ao) 603
NOS 42
Nowo 56
TVCabo (ao) 40
TVCabo (mz) 40
MEO 43
Vodafone 54

Canal Panda is a Portuguese basic cable and satellite television channel, which was the first cable channel dedicated to children's programming, mostly animated series. The channel was founded in 1996 as Panda Club in Spain and Portugal, but the name was changed to Canal Panda in 1997. In 2000, the channel left Spain, thus concentrating efforts on the Portuguese market. The mascot is in fact a panda, hence the name.

Canal Panda is currently owned by Dreamia, a joint-venture between AMC Networks International Iberia and NOS.


Former logo, used between 1997 and 2015

The channel launched on 1 April 1996, as Panda Club, owned by ABC subsidiary Television Program Services, later Multicanal TPS.

Within a year, the channel rebranded to its current name.

In 2000, the channel left Spain, thus concentrating on the Portuguese market. The channel started airing local content made for the channel, mostly during breaks. Since 2008, it has started airing in Angola and Mozambique.

For their tenth anniversary in 2006, Canal Panda released a CD featuring Ilona Mitrecey, D'ZRT and others, followed by another release in 2007.

For their thirteenth anniversary in 2009, Canal Panda launched Panda Biggs, a channel which broadcasts anime and archived programmes from Canal Panda and is aimed at teenagers and young people.

In 2011, Chello Multicanal relaunched the channel for Spanish pay-TV. Then, Movistar TV (IPTV) reached an agreement to carry the channel from 1 March.

On July 6, 2015, the channel rebranded, unifying the Spanish and Portuguese feeds visually, with a new logo. The new look was designed by Spanish company Sopa de Sobre.


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