K2 (TV channel)

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K2
K2 new logo.svg
Launched October 1, 2003; 15 years ago (2003-10-01) (block)
June 15, 2009; 9 years ago (2009-06-15) (channel)
Network Telenuovo, Super 3, NuovaRete, Telecapri, Telequattro, Telefriuli
Owned by Fox Kids Europe (2003-2004)
Jetix Europe (2004-2009)
Switchover Media (2009-2013)
Discovery Italia (2013-present)
Picture format 576i 16:9 (SDTV)
Audience share 0.65% (May 2014, [1])
Country Italy
Language Italian
English
Broadcast area Italy
Headquarters Rome
Formerly called K-2
Sister channel(s) Frisbee
GXT
Website www.k2tv.it
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital LCN 41
Satellite
Hot Bird 8 12322 / 27500 / 3/4 H
AtlanticBird 1 12515 / 17455 / 3/4 H
Sky Italia Channel 626
IPTV
TV di FASTWEB Channel 66

K2 is an Italian children's television channel owned by Discovery Networks Europe. Its registered office is in Rome. It launched in 2003 as a block then in 2009 as channel.

History[edit]

K2 started out as a syndicated block for several local stations. In 2009, K2 became a TV channel.[2] Jetix Italy management bought Jetix Italy, renamed as Switchover Media, agreed to purchase the channel and GXT from Jetix Europe in June 2009.[3][4] K2 was acquired in the January 2013 purchase of Switchover by Discovery Communications.[5]

Logos[edit]

K-2 Logo.png
2009–2013

Programs[edit]

The channel was programmed for different age groups throughout the day. Kids 5 to 10 programming was on In the early mornings and early afternoons with action and comedy series mix including Pokémon, The Fairly OddParents (also on Nickelodeon), Mr. Bean (also aring on Boomerang) and Sabrina. The preschool age group is the focus in the mid-morning with shows like Babar (13 episode only, 2010). Families is focus during primetime hours with programming like The Cosby Show with animated series such as Total Drama Action and game shows Wipeout and American Gladiators.[6]

Movies[edit]

From 2011 to 2013, the channel broadcast movies from MGM and Dic.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ "TV Channel: K2 (Italy)". MAVISE. European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Jetix Italy bosses buy GXT and K2 channels". digitaltveurope.net. July 16, 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  4. ^ Moody, Annemarie (July 15, 2009). "Jetix Italy Announces Management Buyout". AWN News. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Discovery buys Italian broadcaster Switchover". January 15, 2013. January 15, 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  6. ^ Calder, Kate (October 22, 2010). "New Italian kids channels bank on digital switchover". Kidscreen. Retrieved March 12, 2014.