Paramount Channel

Paramount Channel[1] is the name of several television channels operated by ViacomCBS International Media Networks which showcase the Paramount Pictures film catalogue.[2] The first Paramount Channel was launched in Spain on 30 March 2012, and in the years since, the channel has operated in a number of territories across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Paramount Channel
LaunchedMarch 30, 2012 (Spain)
September 5, 2013 (France)
February 14, 2014 (Hungary)
February 14, 2014 (Russia)
May 28, 2014 (Romania)
November 14, 2014 (Brazil, Latin America)
December 16, 2014 (Sweden)
March 19, 2015 (Poland)
February 2016 (Thailand)
February 27, 2016 (Italy)
April 15, 2017 (MENA)
2017 (Vietnam and Malaysia)
July 4, 2018 (United Kingdom)
June 1, 2019 (Philippines)
Closed30 June 2017 (Sweden)
June 10, 2018 (Spain)
September 1, 2018 (Vietnam)
March 16, 2019 (Italy)
Owned byViacomCBS International Media Networks
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaEurope, Latin America, Russia, South East Asia
HeadquartersBucharest, London
Availability
Cable
UPC RomaniaChannel 111 (HD)
Channel 188 (SD)

History

To date, Paramount Channel has launched in Spain in March 2012, France in September 2013, Hungary in February 2014, Russia in January 2014[3], Romania on 14 January 2014,[4] Latin America in November 2014,[5] Sweden in December 2014, Poland in March 2015, Italy and Thailand in February and May 2016, and in the Middle East in April 2017.[6]

In May 2018, Viacom announced that the original Paramount Channel in Spain would relaunch as a local version of the U.S Paramount Network, switching to a general entertainment format with television series and films.[7]

Programming

The original Paramount Channel in Spain primarily broadcast films from 1980s and 1990s, as well as recent television series. The international versions that followed shared a similar format but never the same programming. For instance, films from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s were broadcast in France, recent TV series and 1990s and 2000s films were broadcast in Italy, and films from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s were broadcast in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, the Middle East, Latin America and Southeast Asia. In addition to airing films, some versions in other countries are also airing combat sporting events from mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA.

References

  1. Barraclough, Leo. "Paramount Channel Reaches Out to Russia, Hungary". Variety. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. "Paramount Channel". Variety. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  3. Barraclough, Leo (18 February 2014). "Paramount Channel Reaches Out to Russia, Hungary". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  4. Cerban, Madalina (29 May 2014). "Televiziunea de filme Paramount Channel s-a lansat în România". mediafax.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  5. de la Fuente, Anna Marie (10 September 2014). "Paramount to Launch Movie Channel in Latin America". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  6. Newbould, Chris (11 April 2017). "Paramount Movie Channel launches in the Middle East". thenational.ae. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  7. Rolfe, Pamela (21 May 2018). "Spain Getting First Paramount Network Outside U.S." The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 June 2018.


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