Zone Romantica

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Zone Romantica
Zone Romantica.svg
Launched Central & Eastern Europe: 1998
UK & Ireland: 3 September 2007
Closed UK & Ireland: 16 November 2009
Hungary: 2 July 2012
Central & Eastern Europe: 3 December 2012
Network Chello Zone/Chello Central Europe
Owned by Chellomedia Liberty Global
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Broadcast area Europe
Formerly called Romantica (Until 2006)
Replaced by Romania: Romantica (2007–2012)
UK & Ireland: CBS Drama (2009)
Hungary: Film Café (2012)
Central & Eastern Europe: CBS Drama (2012)
Poland: CBS Action (2012)
Sister channel(s) Zone Club
Zone Europa
Zone Fantasy
Zone Horror
Zone Reality
Zone Thriller
Website UK

Zone Romantica (formerly Romantica) was a European TV channel that launched in 1998. The channel broadcast a mixture of telenovelas, music and entertainment from all over the world, but mainly from Latin America. The channel was available 24 hours a day, to 20 territories across Central and Eastern Europe, the United Kingdom, Ireland, as well as the Middle East. The channel reached 8 million subscribers.

The channel launched on Sky Digital in the UK and Ireland on 3 September 2007. It was broadcasting between 8 a.m. and 3 a.m. from the start.[1] It slot on the Sky EPG had been purchased from BEN TV.[2]

On 6 May 2008 it was one of the channels that were on the free-to-air platform Freesat platform from the start.[3]

On 14 September 2009, it was revealed that the international arm of CBS, CBS Studios International, struck a joint venture deal with Chellomedia to launch six CBS-branded channels in the UK during 2009. The new channels would replace Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller, Zone Horror and Zone Reality, plus timeshift services Zone Horror +1 and Zone Reality +1.[4][5] On 1 October 2009, it was announced that CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, CBS Drama and CBS Action would launch on 16 November 2009 replacing Zone Reality, Zone Reality +1, Zone Romantica and Zone Thriller. On 5 April 2010, Zone Horror and Zone Horror +1 were rebranded as Horror Channel and Horror Channel +1, following the rebrand of the portfolio's other three channels in November 2009.[6]

On 2 July 2012, Hungarian version of Zone Romantica is replaced by Film Café.[7] On 1 August 2012 Chellomedia revealed that all European versions of the Zone Channels would be rebranded into CBS Channels.[8] CBS Action replaced Zone Romantica on 3 December 2012.[9]


Programme Line-up for UK/Éire features 3 Classic First Run US Daytime Soap Operas.

Current shows[10][edit]


  1. ^ "Zonemedia to launch Romantica channel". The Airwaves. 20 August 2007. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Zone brings US soaps to UK screens". Digital Spy. 20 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "In full: Freesat channels at launch". Digital Spy. 6 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "CBS FINALChello Zone partnership press release" (DOC). Chello Zone. 14 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "CBS to launch UK channels with Chellomedia". Broadcastnow. 14 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Zone Horror rebrands as Horror Channel". Broadband TV News. 31 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Chello rebrands movie channels". Broadband TV News. 18 June 2012. 
  8. ^ "CBS and Chellomedia take entertainment across EMEA". Broadband TV News. 1 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Kanały CBS w Polsce. Co w ramówce?". 30 November 2012. 
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