Cool TV

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Cool TV
Cool TV 2014.png
Logo used since 2014.
CountryHungary
Broadcast areaHungary and its neighbouring countries
HeadquartersBudapest
Programming
Language(s)Hungarian
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV)
16:9 1080i (HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerRTL Group
Sister channelsRTL Klub
RTL II
Film+
RTL Gold
Sorozat+
RTL+
MuzsikaTV
History
Launched15 September 2003; 18 years ago (2003-09-15) (as m+)
4 September 2004; 17 years ago (2004-09-04) (as Cool TV)
Former namesm+ (2003–2004)
Links
Websitertl.hu/cool
Availability
Cable
UPC HungaryChannel 33
T-Home (Magyar Telekom)Channel 41
Satellite
UPC Direct (Hungary)Channel 11
T-Home Sat TV (Magyar Telekom)Channel 40
Digi TVChannel 12

Cool TV is a Hungarian television channel owned by RTL Group. It was launched as m+ on 15 September 2003, but a year later, it was relaunched as Cool TV on 4 September 2004.

History[edit]

2003–2010[edit]

Originally Cool TV had the target audience of urban 15–29-year-olds who love music, externals, clothes, trendy lifestyle and extravagance. The channel was first launched as m+ on 15 September 2003, but a year later, it was relaunched to Cool TV on 4 September 2004, so the channel could be available in 2.5 million households.[1] The channel broadcast 24 hours a day and aired reruns of series that RTL Klub originally purchased or produced as well as series targeting today's youth. In 2005, the channel relocated on paper to Romania.

In 2007, Cool TV launched a series of topical shows produced by the channel, such as Cool Live and Cool Night, featuring younger hosts lent to Cool by RTL Klub; the former being a youth lifestyle show, and the latter being an adult show including interviews with Hungarian porn stars and producers, as well as occasionally showing soft-core porn video clips. These talkshows have now been cancelled.

In 2009, Cool TV purchased the airing rights of the successful Hungarian version of Whose line is it anyway?, Beugró.

The channel broadcast 24 hours a day and aired reruns of series that RTL Klub originally purchased or produced as well as series targeting today's youth. These included: South Park, Married... with Children (Egy rém rendes család), 24, Footballer's Wives (Futbalista feleségek), The L Word (L), Queer as Folk (A fiúk a klubból), The Unit (Az egység), Dead Like Me (Haláli hullák), Weeds (Spangli), Skins (Skins), Desperate Housewives (Született feleségek)

2010–present[edit]

From 30 August 2010 Cool TV changed image and was rebranded, aiming for a wider audience. Since then the channel airs mostly crime procedurals. The move was successful because as of July 2012 Cool TV is the third most watched commercial TV channel, and most watched cable channel in Hungary (target audience 18–49, prime time 19.00-23.00) beating main competitor Viasat 3.[2]

Logos[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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