Cartoon Network India HD Broadcast Licence Has Been Granted
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in India has granted Turner International India a broadcast licence to distribute a high definition version of Cartoon Network in the country. The broadcasting authority in India granted the licence on 6th March, at present Cartoon Network India broadcasts in the 4:3 aspect ratio. In many countries, it’s usually the case to also convert the standard definition feed to widescreen (16:9) when a HD feed launches, at present, there’s no information to suggest that Cartoon Network India SD will go widescreen. At present, Cartoon Network India is an English language service with a Hindi soundtrack in due course. Cartoon Network India’s sister feed in the Middle East – Cartoon Network Hindi is already available in HD, Cartoon Network Hindi’s HD feed launched in January this year.
Both channels air Cartoon Network’s most popular animated shows, as well as local animation programming such as Roll No.21. At present, it is not known when Cartoon Network India’s HD feed will launch.
ToonZone has uploaded a sneak peek clip of the upcoming Adventure Time: Islands mini-series. In Adventure Time: Islands, Finn, Jake, BMO and Susan Strong go on a expedition across the seas to explore new lands and even meet some humans. The miniseries will premiere on Monday 30th January at 7.30pm (ET/PT) with two new episodes airing every night for four nights, concluding on Thursday 2nd February.
Cartoon Network Hindi HD has launched today (12/01/2017) on the beIN satellite television platform in the Middle East on channel 139. Viewers will now be able to watch their favourite animated shows from Cartoon Network Studios in High Definition as well as Indian favourites such as Roll No.21 in HD. The channel’s target demographic are children within the Indian expatriate community that live in the Middle East, where people of Indian origin comprise of 40% of the population in the United Arab Emirates. Hindi is considered to be India’s main language, with over 500 million speakers, with English also used as bridge language across different communities in the country.
Turner Africa has made a channel distribution deal with satellite TV provider AzamTV for carriage of Turner’s Boing channel. AzamTV operates in English speaking East Africa which includes countries such as Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. Boing is mostly an animation channel targeting kids aged between 4 and 7, the channel broadcasts a variety of cartoons including classics from the Cartoon Network library including Courage The Cowardly Dog and Johnny Bravo among others as well as third-party acquisitions including DreamWorks’s Dragons and Inspector Gadget. Boing Africa serves as the English language version of Boing on the continent and is already available in Zambia, the Seychelles and Nigeria. Meanwhile, Boing France is already available in French-speaking African territories.
Pierre Branco, vice-president and general manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa made this statement regarding the distribution deal:
“This new deal is totally aligned with Boing Africa’s mission to provide quality kid’s content to almost all African households at an affordable price, which makes this partnership truly symbiotic. Already distributed in Zambia, the Seychelles, Nigeria and French African territories, Boing now has a footprint in East African markets which nicely complements our regional presence across Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Deputy CEO of Azam Media Ltd, Jacob Joseph also added:
“Boing has added the cherry on top of our kids’ dessert! Within such a short time, it is one of the most popular kids channels. We are glad to have it in our bouquet and we share the same passion with Turner to provide such content across the Sub-Saharan countries”
During 2016, Cartoon Network has been airing new shows, new episodes and even new channels in some countries, so here’s a timeline of some of the major events that have happened around the world in the last twelve months. Note: Some dates are not exactly accurate, but was approximately around that time or it was the date when news was publicly announced.
1st January: Cartoon Network Southeast Asia rebranded to Check It 4.0.
4th January: Cartoon Network Latin America and Brazil rebranded to Check It 4.0.
6th January: Cartoon Network USA releases Twelve Forever pilot/minisode.
7th January: Mark Eyers Promoted To Senior Vice President Of Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific.
14th January: Cartoon Network USA premieres first stop-motion animated Adventure Time episode: Bad Jubies.
14th January: Transformers: Robots in Disguise Season 2 announced.
25th January: New Bob The Builder series premiered on Cartoonito UK.
25th January: Daniel González becomes new general director Of Turner Iberia.
29th January: Justice League Action officially announced.
All of January 2016’s blog posts can be accessed by clicking on the link below: