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Nick (German TV channel)

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Nick
Nickelodeon logo new.svg
CountryGermany
Broadcast areaGermany
Austria
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Switzerland
NetworkParamount Networks EMEAA
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
Programming
Language(s)German
English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerParamount Networks EMEAA (Paramount Global)
Sister channelsNicktoons
Nick Jr.
History
Launched5 July 1995 (original)
12 September 2005 (relaunch)
Closed31 May 1998 (original)
Former namesNickelodeon (original use; 1995–1998)
NICK (2005–2010)
Nickelodeon (second use; 2010–2017)
Links
WebsiteOfficial website
Availability
(channel space shared with nighttime programming block Comedy Central +1)
Streaming media
nick.deWatch live

Nick is a German free-to-air television channel, part of the international Nickelodeon brand. Originally launched in 1995, and relaunched in 2005, Nickelodeon is based in Berlin. The channel is available on subscription services and as an unscrambled, free-to-air (FTA) satellite signal. On 31 March 2010, the channel re-adopted the name Nickelodeon on air and online, in addition to the new Nickelodeon logo and graphical package being rolled out internationally at the time.[1] Since then, the channel is also broadcast in English in addition to German on a secondary audio track.

Unlike other Nickelodeon feeds and like the Dutch and African counterparts, the end credits on shows never appear. They were replaced by short credits including the show name, production year and production company.

Nicknight

Nicknight was a German, Austrian and Swiss programming block operating from 2014 to 2021. On 1 November 2018, Nicknight Germany rebranded into MTV+ (Comedy Central +1 since 1 March 2021). Like it was done in Germany, Nicknight stopped broadcasting in Switzerland and Austria on 1 October 2021, instead they were both replaced by Comedy Central Austria and 7+ Family.

History

1995–1998

The original version of Nickelodeon was launched on 5 July 1995 on the DFS Kopernikus satellite and a few cable providers in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nickelodeon initially aired for six hours per day; during off-air hours, the channel looped a half-hour special featuring excerpts from its shows. Starting in October 1995, Nickelodeon aired from 6.00 am until 8.00 pm, and timeshared with Arte starting in 1996. After state-run Der Kinderkanal launched, Nickelodeon lost its slot on many cable providers (now with arte signing on at 7.00 pm after the conclusion of Der Kinderkanal's final program of the day, Unser Sandmännchen.) and started timesharing with VH-1 Germany on satellite. Nickelodeon was a failure and continually lost money due to weak advertising sales and its inability to compete against its more successful rival, Der Kinderkanal. As a result, Nickelodeon closed (with short notice) on 31 May 1998, ending with a short tribute video to the channel.

Nickelodeon's owner Viacom soon thereafter struck a deal with RTL owner CLT-UFA (itself a merger of Luxembourg's CLT and German studio UFA GmbH) to broadcast their programming on RTL's own children's channel, Super RTL [which was originally at first a joint venture between CLT-UFA and The Walt Disney Company's Buena Vista International Television Investments (later Disney International Operations) division, the channel is now entirely owned by CLT-UFA's successor RTL Group]) in addition to a weekend morning Nicktoons block on the main RTL channel. After VH-1 Germany shut down in 2001 (and was replaced by a pan-European feed on a separate channel), it was replaced with MTV2 Pop.

Relaunch, 2005–2010

On 7 April 2005 it was announced that Nickelodeon Germany will be relaunched under the name Nick as a new channel on 12 September 2005.[2] Nick started with a prime-time programming block called Nick Comedy that aired sitcoms and other comedy shows. Nickelodeon eventually replaced MTV2 Pop; since February 2006, in addition to international series, it started airing locally produced shows.[3] In October 2007 a special German version of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was produced and broadcast on the channel.

In the start of 2008, Nick launched a family-oriented programming block named Nick nach acht (Nick after eight), which was the local adaptation of US overnight block Nick at Nite. It aired documentaries, drama series, films and sitcoms.[4] It used an adapted logo of its US counterpart. Most of the block's programming schedule consisted on repeats of Ren and Stimpy and CatDog.[5] On 15 December 2008, Comedy Central Germany replaced Nick nach acht on Nickelodeon, taking over its airing time as a timeshared channel starting 8.15pm.[6]

2010s

On 31 March 2010, the channel adopted the new international branding. Nick was renamed Nickelodeon, while Nick Premium was rebranded as Nicktoons.[7]

Since 1 June 2011, Nickelodeon Germany started broadcasting in HD.[8] A new logo was used from January 2012, as well as a new graphic package.

From 1 October 2014, Nickelodeon Germany turned itself into a 24-hour channel, with Comedy Central leaving Nick's channel slot and moving to VIVA Germany. Furthermore, Nickelodeon introduced a new overnight programming block called Nicknight, replacing Comedy Central's airing time from 9.00 pm to 5.45 am.[9][10]

Since 28 June 2017 the channel returned to its previous name, Nick.

On 1 November 2018 at 5am, Nicknight was discontinued. At 8.15 pm on that day MTV+ launched airing from 8.15 pm to 5 am. Nicknight does never exist anymore in Germany, however the Austrian and Swiss feeds still kept the Nicknight brand until 1 October 2021 with them being replaced by Comedy Central Austria and 7+ Family.

2020s

On 1 March 2021, MTV+ was replaced by Comedy Central +1.[11]

Other feeds

Austrian subfeed

Logo of Nick Austria
Logo of Nick Austria

Since 1 June 2006, an Austrian subfeed of the channel is also being broadcast, initially timesharing with VIVA Austria from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.[12] On 1 January 2011, it starts timesharing with Comedy Central Austria. The channel is known on-air as Nickelodeon Austria.

From 1 October 2014 untill 30 September 2021, Nick Austria starts also to broadcast 24 hours per day.

Swiss subfeed

Logo of a programme block between 1998 and 2003 which was called Nickelodeon Schweiz (SF DRS)
Logo of a programme block between 1998 and 2003 which was called Nickelodeon Schweiz (SF DRS)

A Swiss subfeed for German-speaking viewers was launched on 1 April 2009, first timesharing with VIVA Switzerland and then with Comedy Central starting in 16 May 2011. For many years, its programming schedule was identical with the main, German feed. Nevertheless, it got its own, separate schedule. The channel is known on-air as Nick Schweiz.

From 1 October 2014 untill 30 September 2021, Nick Switzerland starts also to broadcast 24 hours per day.

Sister channels

Nicktoons

Nicktoons logo
Nicktoons logo

Nicktoons was launched in December 2007 as Nick Premium.[13] In 2009, Nickelodeon announced that Nick Premium would be rebranded as Nicktoons.[14] The channel airs animated programmes from Nickelodeon.

Nick Jr.

Nick Jr. logo
Nick Jr. logo

Nick Jr. is a channel that broadcasts to younger kids. The channel was launched on 12 September 2005 as a block and on 31 March 2009 as a channel. Before the channel launched, some programmes were broadcast on Super RTL and Disney Channel.[15][16]

References

  1. ^ "MTV goes global with Nickelodeon". Techwatch Tech News – Rapid TV News. February 22, 2010.
  2. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Nickelodeon kehrt als "Nick" nach Deutschland zurück". DWDL.de. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  3. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Bürger Lars Dietrich wird erster Moderator von Nick". DWDL.de. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  4. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Nick setzt künftig auf Dokus in der Primetime". DWDL.de. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  5. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Nick zeigt künftig auch spätabends Cartoons". DWDL.de. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  6. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Viacom stellt TV-Kanal Comedy Central ein". DWDL.de. Retrieved 13 February 2022.
  7. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "TV-Sender Nick verpasst sich neuen alten Namen". DWDL.de. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  8. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "MTV, Viva, Nickelodeon/Comedy Central auch in HD". DWDL.de. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  9. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Kastner dampft Viva ein und baut Nickelodeon aus". DWDL.de. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Nickelodeon sendet 24 Stunden, Comedy Central siedelt zu Viva". Archived from the original on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  11. ^ "ViacomCBS to launch Comedy Central+1 in Germany". Broadband TV News. 21 January 2021.
  12. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Viacom-Sender VIVA und NICK ab Juni mit Österreich-Fenster". DWDL.de. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  13. ^ Premiere Star: Zwei Mal MTV und Nick Premium
  14. ^ GmbH, DWDL de. "Ab März: Aus Nick wird wieder Nickelodeon". DWDL.de. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  15. ^ "MTVNHD & Nick Jr. going Deutsch -- Engadget HD". 10 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 July 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  16. ^ "MTV turns pay in Germany". Broadband TV News. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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