Nickelodeon (New Zealand)
|Nickelodeon New Zealand|
|Launched||1 August 2006|
|Closed||30 November 2010|
|Owned by||MTV Networks (Viacom)|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV 4:3)|
|Replaced by||Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand)|
Availability at time of closure
|SKY Network Television||Channel 041|
|PBS TV (Fiji)||Channel 205|
|TelstraClear InHomeTV||Channel 41|
Nickelodeon New Zealand was a 24-hour TV channel for kids aged 3–14 in New Zealand. The channel launched on 1 August 2006 and was available on SKY Television Channel 041. The channel closed on 30 November 2010, replaced instead by Nickelodeon (Australia and New Zealand). Its headquarters were the same as MTV New Zealand's in Auckland, New Zealand.
Before Nickelodeon was officially launched as its own locally incorporated channel, New Zealand shared the (English-language) Singapore and Malaysia broadcast of Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon (Southeast Asia). This channel began broadcasting on SKY Digital and UHF in January 2000.
According to the NZPA, MTV Networks New Zealand (which consists of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central) announced in September 2010 that it would close its New Zealand offices from 1 December 2010, with the networks' portfolio continuing to run from the MTV Networks Australia's Sydney offices. This has led to a closer alignment between the MTV Networks channel offering in Australia and New Zealand, with both Nick Jr. launched and MTV Classic announced to launch in New Zealand.
On 1 December 2010, the Australian channel expanded to New Zealand, thus replacing Nickelodeon New Zealand.