Nickelodeon (Indian TV channel)
Nickelodeon (India) is an Indian children's pay television network based in Mumbai. It is the Indian equivalent to the original American network and is owned by Viacom 18, a joint venture between Viacom and TV18.
|Launched||16 October 1999|
5 December 2015 (HD+ channel)
|Owned by||Viacom International (1999–2007)|
Viacom 18 (2007–present)
|Picture format||4:3 576i SDTV |
16:9 1080i, HDTV (Nick HD+ only)
Maldives (HD+ only)
|Sister channel(s)||Nickelodeon Sonic|
Nick Jr. India
Comedy Central India
|Airtel digital TV||Channel 455 (SD) |
Channel 456 (HD)
|Dish TV||Channel 975 (SD) |
Channel 974 (HD)
|Reliance Digital TV||Channel 609 (SD)|
|Sun Direct||Channel 530 (SD)|
|Tata Sky||Channel 663 (SD) |
Channel 662 (HD)
|Videocon d2h||Channel 507 (SD) |
Channel 950 (HD)
|Dish Home (Nepal)||Channel 801|
|Real VU (Bangladesh)||Channel 431|
|In Digital||Channel 351|
|Asianet Digital TV (Kerala, India)||Channel 320|
Zee TV launched a Nickelodeon-branded programming block as part of a distribution deal between Viacom International and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. It was replaced by the Cartoon Network block in 2002.
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 language tracks to their own channel.
On 25 June 2010 Nick India rebranded using the current logo. It was the last major market to undergo this makeover.
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures distributed Keymon & Nani in Space Adventure, a film based on the Nickelodeon India series Keymon Ache in 2012. Another theatrical film, Motu Patlu: King Of Kings from the Motu Patlu franchise was released in Hindi and Tamil on 14 October 2016.
On 5 December 2015, Viacom 18 launched Nickelodeon HD+, the first children's channel in high definition in India. It originates a different schedule than the main network, including previously unaired international programming such as The Legend of Korra.
In 2016 Viacom 18 launched a Nick programming block named "Nick Hour" on their free-to-air channel Rishtey. 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 launched Kannada feed on 1 September 2018.
In the channel's first years of broadcasting it aired mostly original programmes from the 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 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, Nick Bites and many more.
After the success of Nickelodeon U.S. game shows, Nick India produced two local game shows, Dum Dama Dum and Gilli Gilli Gappa. 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.
Nick started airing Colors's show Jai Shri Krishna in 2009. The show was re-edited and customised for a younger audience. They also acquired Little Krishna, an animated series produced by BIG Animation India and The Indian Heritage Foundation in May 2009.
Starting in 2011, Nickelodeon India started producing local animated shows, starting with Keymon Ache and a theatrical movie based on the series. 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 and Rudra in 2018.
Over the years, the Indian version of Nickelodeon has been placing decreasing importance on the original shows that were created in the U.S.; several of these internationally popular programs have not had a proper run on the Indian channel, and some have been outright neglected. The channel's initial failure to gain relevance with the target audience in its first few years of broadcasting (and the resulting low ratings) is the probable cause. Nick Jr. lacked in quality until 2012 when the dedicated channel launched and the new shows from Nick Jr. started airing. Nick India did not even broadcast live action series such as iCarly until several years later with the launch of the now-discontinued TeenNick block on Nick Jr. India. Nina Elavia Jaipuria, the head of Nickelodeon India says live action shows do not connect with the viewers as much as animated shows do, even with dubbing. She also said many of the animated Nickelodeon shows, like Rugrats did not have relevance to Indian viewers.
In August 2018, Nick HD+ changed its schedule with a larger focus on original Nickelodeon shows from the US, while the standard-definition Nick channel continues to only show locally made series.
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