Comedy Central Extra
|Comedy Central Extra|
|Launched||UK & Ireland
1 September 2003
1 November 2011
1 August 2012
|Owned by||UK & Ireland
Paramount UK Partnership
(Paramount British Pictures/BSkyB)
Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe
|Picture format||576i 16:9 (SDTV)|
0.02% (+1) (September 2015 , BARB)
|Broadcast area||Adriatic Region
|Formerly called||Paramount Comedy 2
|Timeshift service||Comedy Central Extra +1|
|Sky (UK & Ireland)||Channel 128
Channel 159 (+1)
|Virgin Media (UK)||Channel 182|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||Channel 124|
|WightFibre (UK)||Channel 116|
|TalkTalk TV (UK)||Channel 308|
|BT (UK)||Channel 308|
|KPN (Netherlands)||Channel 309|
|Horizon||Horizon.tv (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, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
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.
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. 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. Followed by KPN on 15 January 2012 and UPC Netherlands on 1 April 2012. On 1 August 2012, the channel launched in the Adriatic region: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
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.
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.
- Comedy Central UK
- Comedy Central NL
- Comedy Central Family
- List of programmes broadcast by Comedy Central (UK and Ireland)
- Chris Dziadul (27 March 2013). "Viacom widens Romanian reach". Broadband TV News.
- Neil Wilkes (17 February 2009). "Paramount Comedy to become Comedy Central". Digital Spy.
- Robert Briel (24 October 2011). "Comedy Central Extra debuts on Ziggo". Broadband TV News.
- Jarco Kriek (14 December 2011). "KPN Interactieve TV breidt uit met Comedy Central, BravaNL en Family7". Totaal TV.
- Jarco Kriek (15 February 2012). "Zenderuitbreiding bij UPC". Totaal TV.
- Jesse Whittock (31 July 2012). "Comedy Central gives Balkans Extra". C21Media.
- Georg Szalai (31 July 2012). "Viacom to Launch Comedy Central Extra in Adriatic Region". The Hollywood Reporter.