Comedy Central (Germany)
|Launched||15 January 2007|
|Owned by||Viacom International Media Networks|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the standard definition feed)
|Audience share||0.4% (October 2017 , KEK)|
|Astra 19.2°E||11.973 V 27500 3/4|
|Kabel Deutschland (Germany)||Channel 201 (SD) / Channel 225 (HD)|
|Cablecom||Channel 030 (digital CH-D)|
|Telekom Entertain (Germany)||Channel 62 (SD/HD)|
Comedy Central is a German free-to-air network owned by Viacom International Media Networks. It is distributed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and broadcasts many American and British imported television series as well as original programming. It launched on 15 January 2007 replacing former music channel VIVA Plus. Prior to its launch, Viacom had Nick Comedy, which was a timeshared channel with Nickelodeon Germany, airing from 9:15pm to 6:00am.
Since 15 December 2008 Comedy Central Germany ceased broadcasting 24 hours a day and started timesharing its slot with Nickelodeon Germany, running from 8:15pm to 5:45am.
On 1 October 2011, Comedy Central Germany was rebranded, using the American new logo and graphic packages.
Comedy Central Germany was licensed by the Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia (LfM), which is also the supervising State media authority for the channel. On 24 November 2006, the license of VIVA Plus was changed to Comedy Central. Due to this, it got a license valid until 20 March 2010. Viacom initially tried to establish the channel independently as a 24-hour network. In 15 December 2008, however, Comedy Central started to timeshare its frequency with Nickelodeon and therefore reduced its broadcast time to 9:30 hours, from 8:15pm until 5:45am. Viacom previously launched a comedy timeshared channel using that same timeslot named Nick Comedy, which lasted from 2005 to 2006. It was shut down in favour of Comedy Central Germany.
On 1 March 2010, Comedy Central Germany switched its aspect ratio to 16:9 and began airing its programming schedule in widescreen.
The Austrian subfeed was launched on 1 January 2011. The programming is the same as the German main feed with the exception of airing local advertisements. It replaced VIVA Austria's timeslot on Nickelodeon Austria as a timeshared channel, following the shut down of MTV Austria.
In Switzerland, a localised subfeed was launched on 16 May 2011. The Swiss subfeed differs from the main feed on having less on-air time, ending its broadcast at 5:00am in favour of Nickelodeon Switzerland. Like in Austria, Comedy Central replaced VIVA Switzerland, which had its programming moved to MTV Switzerland in the following months. Nevertheless, Viacom announced on 28 September 2012 that VIVA Switzerland would be launched again on 1 October as a full, 24-hour channel.
- Mantel, Uwe (13 May 2011). "MTV, VIVA und Comedy Central auch in HD" [MTV, VIVA and Comedy Central are now in HD]. DWDL.de (in German). Retrieved 8 April 2013.