Nickelodeon (Germany)

Nickelodeon (Germany)
Launched 5 July 1995 (original)
12 September 2005
Closed 31 May 1998 (original)
Network Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe
Owned by Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe (Viacom)
Picture format 16:9
Audience share 0.6% (2014, [1])
Slogan Mach mal Nickelodeon
Country Germany
Language German
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Formerly called NICK
Sister channel(s) Nicktoons
Nick Jr.
Website Official website
Astra 1M 11.973 GHz V / 27.5
Astra 1N 12.148 GHz H / 27.5 (Austria)
Sky Deutschland Channel 550 (HD)
Channel 1351 (Austria)
Cablecom Channel 30 (Germany)
Channel 27 (Switzerland)

Nickelodeon Germany (German: Nickelodeon Deutschland), known on-air only as Nickelodeon, is a children's cable television network in Germany, part of the international Nickelodeon franchise. Launched on 2005, Nickelodeon Germany is based in Berlin. The channel is available on cable and an unscrambled, free-to-air (FTA) satellite signal. On 31 March 2010, the channel adopted the name Nickelodeon on-air and online, in addition to the new Nickelodeon logo being rolled out internationally at the time.[2]



The original version of Nickelodeon was launched on 5 July 1995 and aired the first time 6 hours per day. Finally, Nickelodeon was on the air from 6:00am until 8:00pm, when VH-1 Germany took over. The channel was a failure and continually lost money, this being a result of weak advertising sales and the inability to compete against its more successful rival, Der Kinderkanal. As a result, Nickelodeon closed on 31 May 1998 and VH-1 took over the entire channel space. Nickelodeon soon thereafter struck a deal with RTL's owner the Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion to broadcast their programming on RTL's own children's channel, Super RTL (which, ironically, was a joint venture between RTL and Disney) in addition to a weekend morning Nicktoons block on the main RTL channel. After VH-1 Germany shut down in 2001 (and was replaced by a pan-European feed on a separate channel), it was replaced with MTV2 Pop.

Relaunch, 2005–2010

On 7 April 2005 it was announced that on 12 September 2005 Nickelodeon Germany will be reactivate under the name Nick (On air as NICK) as a new channel.[3] Nick started with a Prime-Time programme called Nick Comedy that aired sitcoms and other comedy shows. Nickelodeon took over the frequencies of music channel MTV2 Pop, which was one of four channels that were operated by Viacom in Germany. Since February 2006, in addition to international shows, own produced shows went on air.[4] In October 2007 a special German version of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards took place.

In the beginning of 2008 Nick tried to establish a Prime-Time family programme under the brand Nick nach acht (Nick after eight). It aired documentaries, drama series, movies and sitcoms.[5] It used an adapted logo of its American counterpart. Many parts of the block included reruns of Ren and Stimpy and CatDog.[6] Since 15 December 2008, Nick and Comedy Central Germany share the same programming block, with Comedy Central airing after 20:15, effectively replacing Nick nach acht.[7]

Since 2010

On 31 March 2010 the channel adopted the new international logo. Nick was renamed Nickelodeon and Nick Premium was rebranded Nicktoons.[8]

Since 1 June 2011 Nickelodeon Germany is broadcasting in HD.[9] New logo was used from January 2012. It is now pushed out like the logo used on the website. Along with the launch of the new logo, there were new idents and bumpers which currently did not have bumpers. These bumpers were from the US and the UK.

Since 23 September 2013 Nickelodeon uses new bumper and have a new slogan which is called: Mach mal Nickelodeon (Make Nickelodeon).[10]

From 1 October 2014 Nickelodeon Germany starts again to broadcast 24 hours per day. Comedy Central switches to VIVA Germany. The block at the evening (starting at 9:00pm) is called Nicknight.[11][12]

Nickelodeon Austria

Logo of Nickelodeon Austria

Since 1 June 2006 an Austrian version of Nickelodeon is also broadcast, initially timesharing with an Austrian version of VIVA from 06:00 (CET) to 19:00 (CET).[13] On 1 January 2011 the broadcasting structure changed dramatically when Austrian MTV was scrapped and replaced with a new, overhauled VIVA Austria. Comedy Central Austria then took over old VIVA's place. Programming is identical to the German version, other than commercials and promotions. On air the channel is known as Nickelodeon Austria.

From 1 October 2014 Nickelodeon Austria starts also to broadcast 24 hours per day.

Nickelodeon Switzerland

Logo of a programblock between 1998 and 2005 which was called Nickelodeon Schweiz (SF DRS)

A Swiss version of Nickelodeon for German-speaking viewers began on April 1, 2009, first sharing time with a Swiss version of VIVA Switzerland. Then (from May 16, 2011 onwards) with a new localised Swiss version of Comedy Central. Programming schedule and times were many years identical to the other German-speaking versions. Meanwhile, the channel get its own schedule. Originally, it was a block on SRF zwei.

On air the channel is known as Nickelodeon Schweiz.

From 1 October 2014 Nickelodeon Switzerland starts also to broadcast 24 hours per day.

Sister channels


Nicktoons logo
Main article: Nicktoons (Germany)

Nicktoons was launched on December 2007 as Nick Premium.[14] In 2009, Nickelodeon announced that Nick Premium would be renamed as Nicktoons.[15] The channel airs animated programs from Nickelodeon.

Nick Jr.

Nick Jr. logo
Main article: Nick Jr. (Germany)

Nick Jr. is a channel that broadcasts to younger kids. The channel was launched on 12 September 2005 as a block and on 31 March 2009 as a channel. Before the channel launched, some programs were shown Super RTL and Disney Channel.[16][17]


Shown with their German titles in brackets.



Nick Jr.


Nicknight Logo
Nicknight HD Logo



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