Mediawan Thematics (formerly known as AB Groupe) is a French business group in the field of broadcasting.

Mediawan Thematics
TypeDVB & internet
Country
OwnerMediawan
Launch date
1977
Official website
http://www.groupe-ab.fr/

History edit

It was founded in 1977 by Jean-Luc Azoulay and Claude Berda as a music production company, and in 1987 went into the world of television.

On 11 October 2018 AB Groupe was rebranded to Mediawan Thematics after the purchase by Mediawan in 2017.

Television edit

Channel Country Category Information
AB1 France Entertainment Pay-TV
AB3 Belgium General
ABXplore Belgium Documentary
Action France Movie channel Pay-TV
Animaux France Documentary Pay-TV
Automoto La chaîne France Motorsports
Chasse et Pêche France Documentary Pay-TV
Crime District Luxembourg Entertainment documentary Pay-TV
Clubbing TV France Dance Music Pay-TV
Science et Vie TV France Documentary Pay-TV
Trek France Documentary Pay-TV
Mangas France Teen Pay-TV
Lucky Jack.tv Luxembourg Games
RTL9 Luxembourg General Pay-TV
Golf Channel Luxembourg Sport Pay-TV
Toute l'Histoire France Documentary Pay-TV
XXL Netherlands Adult Pay-TV

Former channels edit

Channel Country Category Start date Close date
Vidéoclick Belgium Youth 3 April 2007 29 July 2009
AB4 Belgium Entertainment 28 October 2002 13 September 2017 (replaced by ABXplore)
AB Moteurs France Sport 26 March 1999 5 November 2018 (replaced by Automoto La chaîne)
Encyclo France Documentary 6 June 1996 30 March 2015
Escales France Documentary 2 April 1996 2 February 2015
Ciné Box France Movie channel 1996 (Ciné Palace)
September 2002
24 August 2004
Ciné Comic France Movie channel 2 April 1996 (Rire)
2002
24 August 2004
Ciné Pop France Movie channel 21 August 2006 15 July 2007
Ciné First France Movie channel 31 December 2007 30 September 2010
Ciné FX France Movie channel 15 September 2002 31 July 2018
Ciné Polar France Movie channel 2 April 1996 31 July 2018
Fit TV France Fitness 2 April 1996 15 October 2007
Musique classique France Music 2 April 1996 15 October 2007
Melody France Music 1996 10 April 1997
Nostalgie la télé France Music 10 April 1997 July 1999
RFM TV France Music 5 July 1999 March 2005
Ultra Nature France Documentary 19 May 2016 2022
'Zik France Music 25 April 1998 31 December 2007
France Courses France Sport 9 September 1996 25 April 1998 (replaced by 'Zik on AB Sat, and recovered by the PMU and relaunched as Équidia)
AB Sports France Sport 23 December 1996 May 1999 (sold to Pathé and relaunched as Pathé Sport)
Onyx.tv Germany Music 6 January 1996 15 September 2004
NT1 France General 31 March 2005 June 2009
TMC Monaco General 19 November 1954 June 2009
Terranova Germany Documentary 15 September 2004 10 July 2007

AB sold many channels, notably the free national channels TMC and NT1 taken over by TF1 when they were the main shareholder of AB Groupe.

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