Fox (Finland)

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Fox
FOX wordmark-orange.svg
Launched18 December 2009
Owned byThe Walt Disney Company
Picture format16:9 SDTV and HDTV
Audience share2.7% (2017, [1])
CountryFinland
Åland Islands
LanguageFinnish
English (with Finnish subtitles)
Broadcast areaFinland
Åland Islands
Formerly calledSuomiTV (until 15 April 2012)
Sister channel(s)Fox HD
Websitewww.foxtv.fi
Availability
Terrestrial
DigitaChannel 12
Cable
DNAChannel 12
Channel 32 (HD)
ElisaChannel 12
TeliaChannel 12

Fox (formerly SuomiTV) is a Finnish entertainment TV channel owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its local subsidiary Fox Networks Group Oy (formerly Family Channel Oy and Fox International Channels Oy). The channel was acquired by FNG Nordic (then known as FIC Nordic) in January 2012, and then relaunched as its current incarnation on 16 April that year.[2][3]

Fox is freely available in Finland both over-the-air and through cable, as it bases its funding on television advertisements. It is FNG Nordic's first channel that does not operate on subscriber fees.[4]

As the channel was licensed as generalist channel, it was required to broadcast certain television programmes. As of 2018, Fox fulfilled such requirements by simulcasting Sky News (which was a fellow 21st Century Fox business until November 2018) overnight, and showing programmes aimed at children in mornings under Fox Kids programming block. Such requirements were later[when?] lifted.

Fox Networks Group Oy also operates the Finnish version of National Geographic television channel.

The channel provides a free catch up service through its online platform Fox Play.

History[edit]

Development[edit]

SuomiTV launches[edit]

FIC acquisition and relaunch as Fox[edit]

In January 2012, SuomiTV was purchased by FIC Nordic. SuomiTV was relaunched 4 months later on 16 April 2012 as Fox.

Effective 1 January 2019, Sanoma Media Finland took over media sales representation of Fox Networks Group channels in Finland, which includes this channel.[5][6]

Programming[edit]

The channel features local content in Finnish language as well as international fiction, factual entertainment, movies and lifestyle programs with Finnish subtitles.

Also they have a weekend movie block called "Fox Leffat" where they showcase different distributors content.

Past programming[edit]

News[edit]

SuomiTV had its own news department, but it was later phased out.

Until 2018, Fox simulcast Sky News during overnight hours.

Fox Kids[edit]

Fox Kids' last logo

This was the only outlet to revive the Fox Kids name, which was phased out most of the world. Initially, it utilised the Fox Kids' global logo and on-screen branding from early 2000s, but it was later replaced by another logo and look. The block ended on 6 January 2019.

The block offered foreign television programs aimed at a young audience dubbed into the Finnish language.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Results From The TV Audience Measurement". Finnpanel. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Fox International Channels (FIC) Nordic Expands in Finland with the Acquisition of the Finnish Free-to-Air Channel Suomi TV". News Corporation. January 17, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "FOX International Channels (FIC) Nordic Launches FOX in Finland". Fox International Channels. March 15, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Fox aikoo tehdä SuomiTV:stä viihdekanavan" (in Finnish). YLE. January 19, 2012. Retrieved May 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Sanoma to Operate Media Sales for Fox Networks Group in Finland" (Press release). Fox Networks Group Oy. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Sanoma Media Finland alkaa hoitaa Fox Networksin kanavien mediamyyntiä Suomessa". Taloussanomat (in Finnish). 12 November 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019. Taloussanomat is owned by Sanoma Media Finland

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