Kix (UK and Ireland TV channel)

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Kix
Kix! (TV channel - logo).png
Launched19 May 2008
Owned byCSC Media Group
Picture format16:9/4:3, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share0.1% (June 2013, BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Formerly calledKix! (2008-2013)
ReplacedPop+1
Sister channel(s)Bliss
Chart Show Dance
Chart Show TV
Flava
Scuzz
Starz TV
The Vault
Pop
Pop Girl
Tiny Pop
True Drama
True Entertainment
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
Websitekixtv.co.uk
Availability
Satellite
FreesatChannel 606
SkyChannel 627
Channel 629 (+)
Eutelsat 28A11307 V 27500 2/3
 
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Kix
Kix! (TV channel - logo).png
Launched19 May 2008
Owned byCSC Media Group
Picture format16:9/4:3, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share0.1% (June 2013, BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Formerly calledKix! (2008-2013)
ReplacedPop+1
Sister channel(s)Bliss
Chart Show Dance
Chart Show TV
Flava
Scuzz
Starz TV
The Vault
Pop
Pop Girl
Tiny Pop
True Drama
True Entertainment
True Movies 1
True Movies 2
Websitekixtv.co.uk
Availability
Satellite
FreesatChannel 606
SkyChannel 627
Channel 629 (+)
Eutelsat 28A11307 V 27500 2/3

Kix is a free-to-air children's and teen's television channel in the UK, broadcasting between 06:00 to 23:30, showing cartoons, action and adventure series, extreme sports and music videos. It is owned by CSC Media Group, and was launched at 0600 (UK) on 19 May 2008, replacing a one-hour timeshift of sister channel Pop. Kix is aimed at boys 7–12 years old.[citation needed] The channel is currently only broadcast over digital satellite TV, and forms part of a suite of kids' channels operated by CSC.

History[edit]

The AGB Nielsen Media Research website initially announced that the channel would be called Klix and be put on Sky,[1] however, this was a mistake and the channel is in fact called Kix!. The correction was made with a new document, which stated that all the other details will remain the same as posted in the original article.[2] At 06:00 on 19 May 2008, Pop +1 ceased broadcast and was directly replaced on-air with Kix content. Medabots was the first programme to be broadcast under the Kix! identity.[citation needed]

Kix was the fourth dedicated kids' channel to be launched by CSC: its three sister channels are Pop which was launched on 29 May 2003,[citation needed] and shows cartoons and pop music videos for a mixed audience; Tiny Pop, which was launched on 27 July 2004,[citation needed] and shows cartoons for young children and pre-schoolers; and Pop Girl, launched on 6 August 2007,[citation needed] and also shows cartoons and live action shows but is aimed at a female-led audience. Some programmes which have aired on Kix have been screened on one or more of the sister channels as well.[original research?]

On 8 August 2008, Kix launched onto the Freesat platform on channel 606.[citation needed]

On 7 May 2013, Kix! was renamed to Kix.[3] The labelling on the onscreen programme guide was changed in accordance with this. However, the channel logo continues to include the exclamation mark.

Kix moved over to 16:9 widescreen broadcasting on 8 July 2013;[original research?] Pop, Pop Girl and Tiny Pop had all previously moved over to the wider format. Kix retained a version of its prior onscreen graphics, rather than completely relaunching its presentation alongside the move (as Pop Girl had done).[citation needed]

Kix Power and Kix +[edit]

On 22 July 2013, Kix received a spin-off channel, Kix Power, which replaced Pop Girl +1 on Sky.[4] The subsidiary channel broadcast only Power Rangers programming. Kix Power was replaced by a Kix +1 service on 1 October 2013,[citation needed] and this timeshift ran through October and November. Kix Power was then reintroduced at the end of November for a second run, to operate in the run-up to Christmas, with Kix +1 resuming at the start of January 2014. Kix Power will return, again replacing Kix +1, on an ad-hoc basis around major school holiday periods; the channel will open its third run in early April 2014,[original research?] building up to the Easter break, and for the first time will screen content not related to the Power Rangers franchise:[original research?] a daily online vote will determine the show to be played as a block on Kix Power the following day.[citation needed] On 22 April 2014, Kix +1 relaunched, this time as Kix +.

Programmes[edit]

A selection of programmes that broadcast on Kix:

Current programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]

Music, film and extreme sports programming[edit]

At launch, Kix! stated that in addition to cartoons, it would also broadcast music and extreme sports programming. In addition to full scheduled shows, elements of these formats have also occasionally been used as short filler between scheduled programmes.

Music was broadcast under the banner of Kix! Mix, in a similar manner to the Pop Party slots on Pop. Initially, the videos on Kix! were principally drawn from the guitar-pop, pop-punk and indie genres. Within the early billed Kix! Mix shows, there was also a regular feature, the Kix! Mix Quiz, where two bands would be pitted against each other in a general knowledge test.

Since the demise of the half-hour Kix! Mix shows, music videos (chiefly by pop bands such as McFly, rather than the rockier acts seen in the early days) have been used as filler on occasion. Following the introduction of the "Teenage Kix!" block, Kix! Mix was reintroduced for a time as a half-hour slot, though again playing power-pop rather than rock music. Kix! Mix Quiz did not return. The half-hour Kix! Mix subsequently ceased again, and music videos reverted to being used only as filler: they are today rarely seen on the channel, though CSC does continue to operate seven standalone dedicated music channels.

Extreme sports coverage was initially made available through the channel's purchase of imported freesports magazine Planet X. This show featured reports and profiles from the extreme sports world. For a time the slot ceased to be broadcast as a full billed show on Kix!, but clips from the programme continued to be used occasionally used as filler. The half-hour Kix! Xtreme block resumed broadcasting following the launch of Teen Kix!. Following the reintroduction of the slot, further sports-themed programming - such as racing series GRR TV - joined the lineup, but more recently the channel has again been moving away from full-length sports programming. A short filler strand called Kix Trix now exists, within which sportspeople demonstrate their skills.

In 2009 Kix! launched Kix Flix!, which was a film and DVD review programme. The channel had previously broadcast promotional/review pieces for films under the Kix Flix! banner in a short unbilled slot, similar to the Popcorn slot on Pop, but in 2009 a new, more substantial Kix Flix! launched as a billed 15-minute programme, with profiles of several film/DVD releases in each edition. This programme also aired on the entertainment channel Film24 under the title "Kids Flix!". This programme ceased to broadcast at around the time Film24 collapsed and ceased original programming.

Teen Kix![edit]

In late 2009, a new programming block within Kix! began. "Teenage Kix!" or simply "Teen Kix!", initially ran from 20:00 until the channel's close at 23:30, though as of Easter 2010 the block was extended to begin at 6pm. The block includes action and adventure shows, the majority of which were already part of the Kix! schedule prior to the block being established. The introduction of the Teen block also saw the reintroduction of Kix! Xtreme and, for a time, Kix! Mix as full half-hour shows. The Teen block was subsequently scrapped[when?] in favour of using the general Kix! branding in the evenings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pop+1 to cease to be a staggercast (+1 hour timeshift) channel (Original article)
  2. ^ Pop+1 to cease to be a staggercast (+1 hour timeshift) channel (Revised article)
  3. ^ "Channel Rebrand". Overnights.tv. 3 May 2013. "Kix! will be rebranded to Kix on 7th May, 2013." 
  4. ^ "Channel Rebrand". Overnights.tv. 25 June 2013. "Kix Power will start BARB reporting on 22nd July, 2013. Pop Girl +1 will cease at the end of the broadcast day on 21 July 2013." 

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