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|Broadcast area||Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Asia Pacific and Latin America|
|Picture format||16:9 (SDTV)|
|Sister channels|| CBeebies |
BBC World News
|Launched||1 October 2006|
|Replaced|| BBC Prime |
|Closed||30 November 2012 (India)|
1 February 2015 (Poland)
13 April 2015 (Nordic Regions)
1 September 2015 (Africa)
1 December 2015 (Malaysia)
1 January 2016 (Central Eastern Europe)
1 November 2016 (Hong Kong & Singapore)
10 March 2017 (Taiwan)
13 April 2017 (Latin America)
|Replaced by|| BBC Brit |
BBC Earth (Central Eastern Europe)
BBC First (Hong Kong & Singapore)
BBC Entertainment is an international television channel broadcasting comedy, drama, light entertainment, reality and children's programming (some regions only) from the BBC, Channel 4 and other UK production houses. The channel broadcasts regional versions to suit local demands and replaced BBC Prime. It is wholly owned by BBC Studios.
The channel was launched in October 2006, replacing BBC Prime in Asian markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Korea. On 28 December 2006, it was launched on the Astro platform in Malaysia. The channel was launched in India in May 2007 on the Tata Sky platform and on India online Broadband Public Limited, but ceased broadcasting at the end of November 2012 due to "commercial considerations".
The channel was launched in Poland, on Cyfrowy Polsat, in December 2007, and replaced BBC Prime on DStv in South Africa on 1 September 2008. It was launched together with its sister channels (BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and BBC HD) in the Nordic countries in November 2008, when it replaced BBC Prime on Canal Digital, Com Hem, Telia Digital-TV and FastTV. The Nordic countries get a separate feed of the channel which differs from that in the rest of Europe. It was also launched in Mexico on the SKY México digital satellite platform in August 2008 in a deal with Televisa, and it has since extended to other Central and South American countries.
The channel replaced BBC Prime in the rest of Europe and the Middle East & North Africa in November 2009. In Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, BBC Entertainment is carried alongside BBC One and BBC Two on the Telenet, Ziggo, and Naxoo cable networks.
On 1 December 2009, Astro dropped the channel and replaced it with ITV Choice. On 1 March 2010 in Italy Sky Italia also dropped the channel. In 2010 Kabel Deutschland (Germany) made it a pay-TV channel.
In August 2012, Unifi picked up the channel, thus making the channel available in Malaysia once more after a 3-year hiatus. However Unifi dropped the channel in December 2015.
On 13 April 2017, BBC Entertainment ceased its transmissions in Latin American countries, along with BBC Earth and CBeebies.[ citation needed ]
Finally, BBC First was launched in some Asian regions on 19 March 2016. Singapore Via Starhub TV broadcasts ceased on 29 April 2015, while in Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia, broadcasts ceased on 1 January 2017. In Myanmar and Mongolia, broadcasts ceased on 1 March 2018. In Taiwan, broadcasts ceased on 10 March 2017 and were replaced by CBeebies.
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|Programme name||Format / Genre||First broadcast||First seen on|
|A Question of Sport||Quiz show||1970-|
|After You've Gone||Sitcom||2007–2008||April 2013|
|Alan Carr: Chatty Man||Comedy chat show||2009-||March 2013|
|As Time Goes By||Sitcom||1992–2005||March 2013|
|Being Erica||Comedy drama||2009–2011||May 2013|
|Big Barn Farm||Children's TV||2008-|
|Blue Peter||Children's TV||1958-||April 2016|
|Casualty||Medical drama||1986-||April 2013|
|Come Dine with Me||Cooking||2005-|
|Doctors||Soap opera||2000-||March 2013|
|Doctor Who||Sci-fi drama||1963-89 2005-||February 2013|
|Dragons Den||Entrepreneurial reality TV||2005-|
|EastEnders||Soap opera||1985-||February 2013|
|Extreme Makeover: Home Edition||Reality TV||2003–2012|
|Fawlty Towers||Sitcom||1975-1979||May 2015|
|Full Circle Michael Palin||Travel documentary||1997||March 2013|
|The Graham Norton Show||Comedy||2007-||October 2016|
|Grandpa in My Pocket||Children's TV comedy||2009-|
|Holby City||Medical drama||1999-|
|Ideal||Comedy drama||2005–2011||March 2013|
|Lark Rise to Candleford||Period drama||2008–2011||April 2013|
|Lead balloon||comedy||2007–2011||March 2013|
|Live at the Apollo||Standup comedy||2004-||March 2013|
|Luther||Psychological crime drama||2010–2011||March 2013|
|Masterchef (UK)||Cooking||2005-||March 2013|
|Monarch of the Glen||Drama||2000–2005||March 2013|
|Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work||Documentary||2007|
|My Family||Sitcom||2000–2011||February 2013|
|New Tricks||Crime drama||2003-||March 2013|
|Ocean Giants||Natural history||2011|
|One Foot in the Grave||Sitcom||1990–2000||November 2012|
|Penelope K, by the way||Children's TV||2010–2012|
|Sahara with Michael Palin||Travel documentary||2005||May 2013|
|The Secret Millionaire||Reality TV||2006-||May 2013|
|Silk||Legal crime drama||2011-||May 2013|
|Smart sharks||Natural history||2003|
|South Pacific||Nature documentary||2009|
|Strictly Come Dancing||Talent show||2004-||October 2016|
|Twenty Twelve||Comedy||2011–2012||November 2012|
|Ty's Great British Adventure||Reality TV||2008–2010|
|The Underground||Sketch comedy||2006|
|The Voice UK||Talent show||2012-||May 2016|
|Waking the Dead||Police procedural drama||2000–2011||February 2013|
|Walking with Dinosaurs||Documentary||1999|
|Walk on the Wild Side||Comedy||2009-||April 2013|
|Weakest Link||Game show||2000–2012||January 2013|
|Would I Lie to You?||Comedy||2007-||October 2016|
|Yes Minister||Political satire||1980–1984|
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