Czech Language Audio Planned to Launch On Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe 1st September
Today (11/08/2017), Czech media news website rozhlas.cz has officially confirmed that a Czech audio-track will be added to Cartoon Network Central and Eastern Europe and is planned to launch on Friday 1st September. News about a Czech audio track was unofficially released in May, the news that was released today confirms the launch.
Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe already broadcasts to the Czech Republic, the country has received the channel in English as the default language (and the pan-European feed before then) ever since it became available in the country. The new Czech audio-track will be joining the existing Hungarian, Romanian and English soundtracks on the channel. Over the past week or so, Cartoon Network CEE has been experimenting with Czech audio on the English audio track, this includes promos, bumpers and general presentation.
A Czech audio test on the English audio track on Cartoon Network CEE (recorded Monday 7th August):
Atmedia will be handling ad sales for the Czech Republic, and Czech ads will air on a separate opt-out during ad breaks. So far, UPC, Freesat and DigiTV have confirmed that they will carry the channel with the Czech audio track. During the past few months, Cartoon Network has commissioned dubbing companies such as the internationally renowned SDI Media to record and dub its cartoons in the Czech language.
Also according to the article on rozhlas.cz, Turner Broadcasting System Europe is planning to launch a HD feed of Cartoon Network CEE, which would also mean a move from the outdated 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9 widescreen which also puts it inline with the other Cartoon Network feeds in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, there will be new graphics on the channel soon. A localised Czech version of the Cartoon Network website (cartoonnetwork.cz) and social media pages will launch soon. The Toon Cup 2017 promo airing on Cartoon Network CEE also features the cartoonnetwork.cz website address.
More information (in English about the new Czech audio-track) from Checkerboard on the ToonZone forums: