16 October 1999|
5 December 2015 (HD+ channel)
Viacom International (1999–2007)|
Viacom 18 (2007–present)
4:3 576i SDTV |
16:9 1080i, HDTV (Nick HD+ only)
Nick Jr. India
Comedy Central India
|Airtel digital TV||
Channel 358 (SD) |
Channel 369 (HD)
Channel 975 (SD) |
Channel 974 (HD)
|Reliance Digital TV||Channel 609 (SD)|
|Sun Direct||Channel 530 (SD)|
Channel 663 (SD) |
Channel 661 (HD)
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|
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. Nick India is available in five languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.
Nickelodeon India was launched on 16 October 1999 and was initially picked up by Zee TV.
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.
In 2011, Viacom 18 launched a new channel called Sonic. Initially the channel was focused on action and adventure, before switching their focus to comedy in 2016.
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.
In 2013 the first ever Kids Choice Awards was hosted in India.
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).
In the channel's first years of broadcasting it aired mostly original programmes from the US, like Rugrats, Aaahh! Real Monsters, As Told by Ginger, Rocket Power, The Wild Thornberrys and other animated shows such as 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 international 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 Mythological show Jai Shri Krishna in 2009. The show was re-edited and customised for children. They also acquired Little Krishna, an animated series produced by BIG Animation India and The Indian Heritage Foundation in May 2009.
Nickelodeon India from 2011 started producing local animated programming and launched 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.
Nickelodeon India for a long time has been giving less importance on American original series. Many of the animated shows have been neglected by the channel and even internationally popular shows like The Fairly OddParents haven't had a proper run on the channel. The probable cause of this is due to the channel's low ratings and failure to gain relevance with the children in its first years of broadcasting. Nick Jr. also wasn't in a good condition 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.
Currently, the channel only shows local programming, with some international shows aired on Nick HD+. Additionally, Oggy and the Cockroaches is the only non-local show currently broadcasting on Nickelodeon India, during the late night hours.
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