Minimax (TV channel)
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|Launched||December 6, 1999 (Hungary)|
|Owned by||AMC Networks International Central Europe (2007–present)|
|Picture format||16:9 576i SDTV|
Bosnia and Herzegovina
|Website||(See #External links)|
|Digi TV||Channel 76|
|UPC Romania||Channel 501 (SD with DVR)|
Channel 121 (SD)
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Minimax is a European pay television channel aimed at children, broadcasting to Central European countries including Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, ex-Yugoslav countries, Romania and Moldova. Minimax's policy goals include edutainment and non-violent programs.
As the channel broadcasts in multiple countries in multiple languages with the same schedule (except commercial advertisements), program trailers and other presentation elements do not feature written information.
Minimax was launched in Hungary on December 6, 1999. At launch, the channel aired only from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. In April 2000, a regional version of French television channel Game One began time-sharing with Minimax, broadcasting between 8:00 pm and 2:00 am. In 2001, Minimax launched in Romania. In August 2001, ITV Hungary took over Game One's time-space.
In 2003, Minimax launched in Slovakia. On September 15, 2004, Minimax launched in Czech Republic, taking over the channel space of the defunct TV channel Supermax. On September 15, 2003, Cool TV took over the evening slot.
On September 4, 2004, M+ was renamed to Cool TV. It has operated independently from Minimax beginning in December 6, 2003. On December 4, 2004, A+ Anime began time-sharing with Minimax, replacing Cool TV. On September 6, 2006, Sony Pictures Television International acquired A+ and later relaunched it as Animax on April 11, 2007.
Animax broadcast for the last time in the region on March 31, 2014, and was relaunched as C8 on April 1, 2014 in Hungary and May 5, 2014 in Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. On December 30, 2015, C8 ended in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, and Romania. Since that time, Minimax has aired 24 hours per day in those countries.
On January 1, 2016, Minimax began operating 24 continuously except in Hungary. In December 2017, it was announced that Minimax would operate for 24 hours per day in Serbia by New Year's Eve. On January 1, 2018, when the C8 slot was completely abolished, Minimax filled up the overnight slot, thereby running 24 hours per day for the very first time.
- Csőre Gábor (Hungarian)
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- "24 órás lesz a Minimax" (in Hungarian). sat-tv-radio.hu. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
- "Минимакс ће почети 24-часовну шему". Mts.
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