Nickelodeon (Indian TV channel) facts for kids
|Picture format||576i SDTV
16:9 1080i, HDTV (Nick HD+ only)
|Owner||MTV Networks India (1999–2007)
Viacom 18 (2007–present)
|Sister channels||Nickelodeon Sonic
Nick Jr. India
Comedy Central India
|Launched||16 October 1999
5 December 2015 (HD+ channel)
|Siti cable||Channel 445|
|Asianet Digital TV (Kerala, India)||Channel 320|
|Bengal Digital (Bangladesh)||Channel 441|
|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+)
|Tata Sky (Bangladesh)||Channel 663 (SD)
Channel 662 (HD+)
|Dish Home (Nepal)||Channel 801|
|Akash DTH (Bangladesh)||Channel 456 (SD)
Channel 451 (HD+)
Nickelodeon (abbreviated as Nick) is an Indian children's pay television network based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It is the Indian equivalent to the original American network and is owned by Viacom 18, a joint venture between ViacomCBS and TV18. Despite using the "Nick" name, it does not air any content from the original American network in recent times as part of a localisation strategy. Original shows of the channel are only shown on HD+ channel.
As of October 2020, the channel is the most viewed kids channel in India.
In the channel's first years of broadcasting it aired mostly original programmes from 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.
In 2006 Nick India started acquiring Japanese animated shows such as Ninja Hattori, Perman and Mighty Cat Masked Niyander.
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. Also, in 2009 the channel started acquried the French series Oggy and the Cockroaches.
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, Rudra in 2018 and Ting Tong in 2020. The success with domestic product gave the network the latitude to reduce their dependence on American content (which had proven long-term to have little connection to Indian viewers), and with the launch of Nickelodeon HD+ in 2018, most foreign content from the American and British networks migrated to that channel space instead. Prevalently, animated content has proven to do well for the network, while American live-action content has generally garnered low ratings.
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