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Nickelodeon (Indian TV channel)

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Nickelodeon 2009 logo.svg
Broadcast areaIndia
Sri Lanka
HeadquartersMumbai, Maharashtra, India
Picture format576i SDTV
OwnerMTV Networks India (1999–2007)
Viacom 18 (2007–present)
Sister channelsNickelodeon Sonic
Nick Jr. India
VH1 India
MTV India
Colors Infinity
Comedy Central India
Launched16 October 1999; 21 years ago (1999-10-16)
Siti cableChannel 445
Asianet Digital TV (India)Channel 320
Kerala Vision Digital TV (Kerala, India)Channel 456
Bengal Digital (Bangladesh)Channel 441
Channel 140
Airtel digital TVChannel 455
Dish TVChannel 975
Reliance Digital TVChannel 609
Sun DirectChannel 530
Tata SkyChannel 663
Videocon d2hChannel 507
Dish Home (Nepal)Channel 801
Akash DTH (Bangladesh)Channel 456
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 60
Streaming media
Toffee (Bangladesh)

Nickelodeon (abbreviated as Nick) is an Indian children's pay television network based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is the Indian equivalent to the original American network and is owned by Viacom 18, a joint venture between ViacomCBS and TV18. Despite using the "Nick" name, it does not air any content from the original American network in recent times as part of a localisation strategy. Original shows from the channel are only shown on the Nick HD+ channel.

As of October 2020, the channel is the most viewed children's channel in India.[1]


Nickelodeon was launched in India on 16 October 1999 as a part of Nickelodeon Asia. Zee TV was in charge of distributing the channel to cable operators, in a deal made with Viacom.[2]

Also, Zee TV launched a Nickelodeon-branded programming block on its main channel, also called "Zee TV", as part of a distribution deal between Viacom International and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. It was replaced by the Cartoon Network block in 2002.[2][3]

In 2004 Viacom revamped Nickelodeon in India to increase its viewership, including branding the channel just as Nick, creating local programs and launching a Hindi audio track.[4][5]

In Late-2006 Nickelodeon India stopped being distributed in Pakistan and was replaced by a dedicated Pakistani version of Nickelodeon.

Viacom signed a programming deal with Sun Network in 2007 according to which Nickelodeon shows will air on Chutti TV dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. This deal was later cancelled when Nickelodeon decided to add Tamil and Telugu audio tracks to their own channel.[6]

In 2007, the joint venture between Viacom and TV18 called Viacom18 was formed, and the channels MTV India, Nick India and VH1 India became part of the new company.[7]

On 25 June 2010 Nick India was rebranded, using the newly launched logo used in US. It was the last major market to undergo this makeover.[8]

In 2011, Viacom 18 launched a new channel called Sonic.[9] Initially the channel was focused on action and adventure, before switching their focus to comedy in 2016.[10]

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures distributed Keymon & Nani in Space Adventure, a film based on the Nickelodeon India series Keymon Ache in 2012.[11] Another theatrical film, Motu Patlu: King Of Kings from the Motu Patlu franchise was released in Hindi and Tamil on 14 October 2016.[12]

Nick Jr. India was launched in late 2012 after being spun off from the main channel.[13] As the main channel did not air any live action shows, these shows aired on TeenNick, which was aired in the evenings on Nick Jr. until 1 February 2017, when it was discontinued.

In 2013 the channel hosted its first localised Kids Choice Awards.[14]

On 5 December 2015, Viacom 18 launched Nickelodeon HD+, the first children's channel in high definition in India.[15] It originates a different schedule than the main network, including previously unaired international programming such as The Legend of Korra.

In March 2016, Viacom 18 launched a Nick programming block named "Nick Hour" on their free-to-air channel Rishtey.[16] The programming consists of shows like Motu Patlu, Pakdam Pakdai, The Jungle Book, Go, Diego, Go!, Keymon Ache and Chhoti Anandi (Colors series).

Nick India added a Kannada audio track to the channel on 1 September 2018. Four additional language tracks in Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati and Malayalam were added in 2020.[17]

Nick India announced its first co-production with Nickelodeon US called The Twisted Timeline of Sammy & Raj, slated to air internationally in 2021.[18]


In the channel's first years of broadcasting it aired mostly original programmes from US, such as Rugrats, Aaahh! Real Monsters, As Told by Ginger, Rocket Power, The Wild Thornberrys, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, CatDog, Hey Arnold!, The Fairly OddParents, SpongeBob SquarePants and Danny Phantom. The network also aired live action shows, such as Kenan & Kel, Drake & Josh, Clarissa Explains It All, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and others.

After the success of Nickelodeon U.S. game shows, Nick India produced two local game shows, Dum Dama Dum[19] and Gilli Gilli Gappa.[20] They launched J Bole Toh Jadoo, a spin-off series of 2003's Koi... Mil Gaya. The series premiered on 14 November 2005 on Children's Day.

In 2006 Nick India started acquiring Japanese animated shows such as Ninja Hattori, Perman and Mighty Cat Masked Niyander.[21] Due to poor performance of original Nickelodeon content,[5][22] the channel started to rely more on third party programming and focused on animated content only. Newer live action shows like iCarly were not aired until the launch of TeenNick in 2012 and some ongoing Nickelodeon cartoons at that time such as The Fairly OddParents were permanently removed from the channel. Only some shows like Tak and the Power of Juju and The Penguins of Madagascar premiered in later years.

Nick started airing Colors's show Jai Shri Krishna in 2009. The show was re-edited and customised for a younger audience.[23] They also acquired Little Krishna, an animated series produced by BIG Animation India and The Indian Heritage Foundation in May 2009.[24] Also, in 2009 the channel started acquired the French series Oggy and the Cockroaches.

Starting in 2011, Nickelodeon India started producing local animated shows, starting with Keymon Ache and a theatrical movie based on the series.[11] The local strategy became successful with Motu Patlu in 2012, and they later launched more local animated series like Pakdam Pakdai in 2013, Shiva in 2015, Gattu Battu in 2017, Rudra in 2018 and Ting Tong in 2020. The success with domestic product gave the network the latitude to reduce their dependence on foreign content, and with the launch of Nickelodeon HD+ in 2015, the original shows from the American and British networks migrated to that channel space instead.

Related Channels

Nick HD+

Nickelodeon HD+
Nick HD+ logo.png
Broadcast areaIndia
HeadquartersMumbai, India
Picture format16:9 (1080i HDTV)
OwnerViacom 18
Launched5 December 2015; 5 years ago (2015-12-05)
Asianet Digital TV (India)Channel 871
Kerala Vision Digital TV (Kerala, India)Channel 846
Airtel Digital TVChannel 456
Dish TVChannel 974
Tata SkyChannel 662
Videocon d2hChannel 950
Akash DTH (Bangladesh)Channel 451
Streaming media
VootWatch live
Toffee (Bangladesh)Watch live
Binge (Bangladesh)Watch live

On 5 December 2015, Viacom 18 launched Nickelodeon HD+, the first children's channel in high definition in India.[25] The channel used to air select content from its SD channels along with Nickelodeon international originals but in 2018 the channel switched focus to airing international Nickelodeon content only. These shows are not available on the SD channel. The channel also aired Nickelodeon live action shows under the TeenNick branding but was stopped in February 2017. After 4 years the channel decided to bring live action shows back starting from 2 August 2021.

The channel received criticism for taking up to 5 years to air new content in India, and usually the last in the world, one example being The Loud House, which premiered 4 years after its US debut.[26]

Nick Jr.

Before the launch of the channel, Nick Jr. was started as a block on Nickelodeon at morning times which broadcast shows for small kids like Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go etc. On 21 November 2012, Viacom 18 launched TeenNick and Nick Jr. as a single channel in which Nick Jr. airs in the daytime while TeenNick aired at night. However TeenNick was discontinued since 1 February 2017, which made Nick Jr. a 24-hour channel. The block on Nickelodeon was discontinued in 2018.

Nickelodeon Sonic

Nickelodeon Sonic was launched on 20 December 2011 and used to focus on action and teens, but in 2016 the channel changed strategy to attract younger audiences, including producing local original content for the channel.

See also


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  3. ^ "Cartoon Network block replaces Nick on Zee TV". 14 August 2002. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Nickelodeon India business and operations head Pradeep Hejmadi  – AnimationXpressAnimationXpress". Retrieved 20 July 2018.
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  12. ^ "Viacom18 to bring 'Motu Patlu King of Kings' animation film". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Viacom18 launches Nick Jr. to enter preschool segment in India |". Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.[unreliable source?]
  14. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards now in India". Indian Television Dot Com. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Viacom18 to launch HD kids channel Nick HD+, unveils local IP 'Shiva' for Nick |". Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  16. ^ ""Nick Hour" on Rishtey". 30 March 2016. Archived from the original on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Nick & Sonic adds four new local language feeds". Indian Television Dot Com. 20 January 2020.
  18. ^ "News Update: Nickelodeon International and Nickelodeon India team up to co-produce new series". Delhi. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Nick brings 'Double Dare' Hindi version". Indian Television Dot Com. 9 November 2004. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Nick launches "Gilli Gilli Gappa" on Holi". 14 March 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Nick scores hat trick with new shows on board  – AnimationXpressAnimationXpress". Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Toon Today – Indian Express". Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  23. ^ "Colors to share Jai Shri Krishna with Nick, but with a different touch". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Animation series 'Little Krishna' debut on May 11". 7 May 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Viacom18 to launch HD kids channel Nick HD+, unveils local IP 'Shiva' for Nick |". Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  26. ^ "#HomeOkPlease says Nickelodeon". afaqs!. Retrieved 8 July 2021.

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