Fix & Foxi (TV channel)

Fix & Foxi is an international children's entertainment brand founded by the German company Your Family Entertainment. Themed around Rolf Kauka's Fix and Foxi characters, the name is used to operate television channels in multiple languages around the world.

Fix & Foxi
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CountryGermany
Broadcast areaGermany
Austria
Switzerland
United States
Latin America
Central and Eastern Europe
Africa
Middle East
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Philippines
Gibraltar
Bulgaria
HeadquartersMunich
Programming
Language(s)German
Spanish
Bulgarian
Arabic
English
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 576i/480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerYour Family Entertainment
History
LaunchedDecember 1, 2014 (German)
Links
Websitehttp://www.fixundfoxi.tv/

The Fix & Foxi television channels broadcast children's content, both animated and live-action, from the Your Family Entertainment catalog. There are three distinct feeds: a German feed broadcasting in German and Bulgarian which transmits to German-speaking countries as well as Bulgaria; an Arabian feed broadcasting in Arabic and English which transmits to the Middle East; and a third English language-only feed which has been known to broadcast in Africa and Asia-Pacific. All shows are typically dubbed into the target language of the network, save for Bulgarian which utilizes voice-over translation to transmit the programs in the language.

Much of the programming on the channels is shared with their sister network RiC, known as RiK in Slovakia. RiC has a German feed, a Slovak feed, and an international feed in English.

History

In May 2014, German children's media company Your Family Entertainment acquired the rights to the works created by Rolf Kauka.[1] The following October, the company announced that it would launch a German language children's entertainment channel called Fix & Foxi on December 1, 2014 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[2] Hosted by the namesakes, the 24-hour linear channel would air content from its own library as well as acquisitions produced by third party distributors.

On May 23, 2017, a video-on-demand channel was launched through Amazon Channels in Austria and Germany.[3]

On June 16, 2020, Your Family Entertainment and Blue Ant Media made a "content swap" agreement which enabled an exchange of programming between the YFE catalog and the international ZooMoo channels to occur.[4] As a result, Fix & Foxi channels worldwide began broadcasting ZooMoo content. So far, the ZooMoo programs have only aired on the Arabian and African/Asian feeds; none of the programming has aired in German yet.

International

America

In January 2015, it was announced that an English and Spanish feed of the channel would launch in the United States and Latin America through a partnership with Alterna’TV.[5] The channel launched on 30 Spanish operators on April 3, 2015.[6] Olympusat added both feeds to its Vemox over-the-top service in the United States in March 2018.[7]

Africa and the Middle East

In June 2015, Your Family Entertainment announced plans to launch Fix & Foxi in Africa and the Middle East in English and Arabic, with a French language feed in the works. The channel would re-brand the company's existing yourfamily channel in the market. It first launched in Nigeria on Consat on June 1, 2015.[8] As of 2021, a French-language feed still does not exist and it is possible that the plan to launch such a feed was scrapped.

An English version specific to Sub-Saharan Africa named My TV Toonz debuted on satellite television operator My TV on September 1, 2015.[9] Similarly, a French version specific to the region called Ma Télé Toonz was launched the following month on sister operator Ma Télé.[10] Citing "harsh market realities", both channels were shut down on February 6, 2017.[11]

The channel launched in the United Arab Emirates through Etisalat's IPTV services eLife TV on November 24, 2015.[12] Cell C launched the channel in South Africa in November 2017.[13]

Europe

At MIPCOM 2017, Your Family Entertainment signed a partnership with Telekom Austria Group to offer Fix & Foxi across Central and Eastern Europe through satellite distribution.[14]

Gibtelecom launched the channel in Gibraltar in June 2018.[15]

Asia-Oceania

Fix & Foxi channels are operated in SMV FreeSat in Indonesia and Agilasat in the Philippines.

The channel was also available in Hong Kong by I-Cable Communications until 3 April 2021.

Satellite

Fix & Foxi channel transmits through 13 different satellites: Optus D2, Eutelsat 7, Galaxy 19, Fetch TV, Foxtel, TransACT, Hikari TV, Freeview, Skynet 5D, NSS-806, Spainsat, Topsat and SKY PerfecTV!.

References

  1. ^ Franks, Nico (May 21, 2014). "YFE picks up German comic rights". C21 Media. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Krieger, Jörn (October 22, 2014). "YFE to launch Fix&Foxi family channel". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "DGAP-Media: Your Family Entertainment AG: Fix&Foxi on demand launches on Amazon!" (Press release). Munich: Your Family Entertainment. May 23, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "YFE, Blue Ant agree content swap deal".
  5. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (January 21, 2015). "Alterna'TV bringing Fix & Foxi channel to US, Lat Am". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Pre-MIPTV interview series: Paul Robinson, YFE". Digital TV Europe. Informa. April 10, 2015. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Krieger, Jörn (March 22, 2018). "Fix&Foxi launches on Vemox in the US". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Krieger, Jörn (June 2, 2015). "Fix&Foxi launches in Africa and Middle East". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  9. ^ Krieger, Jörn (September 1, 2015). "Germany's YFE launches My TV Toonz in Africa". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Krieger, Jörn (October 1, 2015). "Fix&Foxi Channel to launch on Ma Télé in Africa". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "My TV Toonz". My TV Africa. Retrieved April 18, 2019."Due to harsh market realities, My TV TOONZ and Ma TELE TOONZ will cease broadcast on Monday, February 6. For more info, please contact (0806 or 0808) 69 88 644 or visit www.stronghd.tv"
  12. ^ Krieger, Jörn (December 16, 2015). "Germany's Fix&Foxi expands in Middle East". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Krieger, Jörn (November 28, 2017). "Fix&Foxi channel to launch in South Africa". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  14. ^ Krieger, Jörn (October 16, 2017). "Fix&Foxi expands to CEE with Telekom Austria Group". Broadband TV News. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "DGAP-Media: Your Family Entertainment AG: International expansion 'Fix&Foxi' going further: Gibtelecom adds 'Fix&Foxi' channel to its new digital entertainment service 'Sofi'" (Press release). Munich: Your Family Entertainment. June 27, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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