Nickelodeon (German TV channel)

Last updated
Nick (Germany)
Launched5 July 1995 (original)
12 September 2005 (relaunch)
Closed31 May 1998 (original)
Network Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe
Owned by Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe (Viacom)
Picture format 1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share0.5% (October 2017 (2017-10), KEK)
SloganMach mal Nickelodeon
Country Germany
Language German
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Formerly calledNICK (2005–2010)
Nickelodeon (2010–2017)
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)
Eutelsat 9B 11.785 GHz H / 27.5 (DVB-S2)
Sky Deutschland Channel 550 (HD)
Channel 1351 (Austria)
Cablecom Channel 30 (Germany)
Channel 27 (Switzerland)
Telekom Entertain (Germany)Channel 11 (HD)
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 30 (SD)
Streaming media Watch live

Nickelodeon Germany is a German free-to-air television channel, part of the international Nickelodeon franchise. Originally launched in 1995, and relaunched in 2005, Nickelodeon is based in Berlin. The channel is available on subscription services and as an unscrambled, free-to-air (FTA) satellite signal. On 31 March 2010, the channel re-adopted the name Nickelodeon on air and online, in addition to the new Nickelodeon logo and graphical package being rolled out internationally at the time. [1] Since then, the channel is also broadcast in English in addition to German on a secondary audio track.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

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Unlike other Nickelodeon feeds and like the Dutch counterpart, the end credits on shows do not appear. They were replaced by short credits including the show name, production year and production company.

The Dutch version of Nickelodeon, broadcasting in the Netherlands and the Flanders region of Belgium, launched on 14 July 2003. In addition to the general Nickelodeon programmes, local productions such as ZOOP, Het Huis Anubis, Het Huis Anubis en de Vijf van het Magische Zwaard and SuperNick are also broadcast. The Dutch Kids' Choice Awards were presented in 2004, 2005 and 2007, featuring nominees that are relevant to Dutch audiences. In 2010 the American Kids' Choice Awards aired, which included categories for the Netherlands and Flanders inserted into the broadcast.



The original version of Nickelodeon was launched on 5 July 1995 on the DFS Kopernikus satellite and a few cable providers in North Rhine-Westphalia. Nickelodeon initially aired for 6 hours per day; during off-air hours, the channel looped a half-hour special featuring excerpts from its shows. Beginning in October 1995, Nickelodeon aired from 6:00am until 8:00pm, and timeshared with Arte starting in 1996. After Der Kinderkanal launched, Nickelodeon lost its slot on many cable providers and began timesharing with VH-1 Germany on satellite. Nickelodeon was a failure and continually lost money due to weak advertising sales and its inability to compete against its more successful rival, Der Kinderkanal. As a result, Nickelodeon closed on 31 May 1998. 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.

DFS-Kopernikus was the name of three geostationary satellites of Deutsche Bundespost and later Deutsche Telekom AG. They are no longer in use.

North Rhine-Westphalia State in Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia is a state of Germany.

ARTE is a Franco-German free-to-air television network that promotes cultural programming. It is made up of three separate companies: the Strasbourg-based European Economic Interest Grouping ARTE GEIE, plus two member companies acting as editorial and programme production centres, ARTE France in Paris (France) and ARTE Deutschland in Baden-Baden (Germany). As an international joint venture, its programmes focuses to audiences in both countries. Due to this, the channel features two audio tracks and two subtitle tracks, each in French and German.

Relaunch, 2005–2010

On 7 April 2005 it was announced that on 12 September 2005 Nickelodeon Germany will be relaunched under the name Nick as a new channel. [2] Nick started with a prime-time programming block called Nick Comedy that aired sitcoms and other comedy shows. Nickelodeon eventually replaced MTV2 Pop; since February 2006, in addition to international series, it started airing locally-produced shows. [3] In October 2007 a special German version of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was produced and broadcast on the channel.

MTV2 Pop Defunct German television station

MTV2 Pop was a German music channel. It launched on 1 May 2001, taking over the transponder left by the analogue service of MTV UK and Ireland when it closed down. It replaced VH1 Germany. The channel mainly focused on Europop and eurodance music.

In the beginning of 2008, Nick launched a family-oriented programming block named Nick nach acht (Nick after eight), which was the local adaptation of American overnight block Nick at Nite. It aired documentaries, drama series, movies and sitcoms. [4] It used an adapted logo of its American counterpart. Most of the block's programming schedule consisted on repeats of Ren and Stimpy and CatDog. [5] On 15 December 2008, Comedy Central Germany replaced Nick nach acht on Nickelodeon, taking over its airing time as a timeshared channel starting 8:15pm. [6]


On 31 March 2010, the channel adopted the new international branding. Nick was renamed Nickelodeon, while Nick Premium was rebranded as Nicktoons. [7]

Since 1 June 2011, Nickelodeon Germany started broadcasting in HD. [8] A new logo was used from January 2012, as well as a new graphic package.

From 1 October 2014, Nickelodeon Germany turned itself into a 24-hour channel, with Comedy Central leaving Nick's channel slot and moving to VIVA Germany. Furthermore, Nickelodeon introduced a new overnight programming block called Nicknight, replacing Comedy Central's airing time from 9:00pm to 5:45am. [9] [10]

At 5am on November 1, 2018, Nicknight was discontinued. At 8:15pm on that day MTV+ launched airing from 8:15pm to 5am. Nicknight doesn't exist anymore in Germany, however the Austrian and Swiss feeds still keep the Nicknight brand.

Austrian subfeed

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Logo of Nickelodeon Austria

Since 1 June 2006 an Austrian subfeed of the channel is also being broadcast, initially timesharing with VIVA Austria from 6:00am to 7:00pm. [11] On 1 January 2011, it starts timesharing with Comedy Central Austria. The channel is known on-air as Nickelodeon Austria.

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

Swiss subfeed

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

A Swiss subfeed for German-speaking viewers was launched on 1 April 2009, first timesharing with VIVA Switzerland and then with Comedy Central starting 16 May 2011. For many years, its programming schedule was identical with the main, German feed. Nevertheless, it got its own, separate schedule. The channel is known on-air as Nickelodeon Schweiz.

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

Sister channels


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Nicktoons logo

Nicktoons was launched on December 2007 as Nick Premium. [12] In 2009, Nickelodeon announced that Nick Premium would be rebranded as Nicktoons. [13] The channel airs animated programs from Nickelodeon.

Nick Jr.

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Nick Jr. logo

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 broadcast on Super RTL and Disney Channel. [14] [15]


Shown with their German titles in brackets.

Programming blocks



Nick Jr.


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Nicknight HD Logo


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