Cartoon Network Now Available In Czech On freeSAT In The Czech Republic
Czech and Slovakian satellite television provider – freeSAT (not to be confused with the UK free-to-air satellite TV service Freesat) has added the new Czech language soundtrack onto Cartoon Network. This latest development builds upon Cartoon Network’s current plans to localise the channel in the Czech market. freeSAT viewers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia can tune into Cartoon Network on channel 105, the channel should automatically be set to the Czech language, if not, please check the settings on the receiver.
Interview With The Band Behind Ninjago: Dan And George From The Fold: Full Ninjago Discography To Be Released This Friday! (16th February)
The Fold – the band behind many of Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu’s songs including the show’s theme song will be releasing their full Ninjago discography this Friday (16th February). Over the weekend, I was given the opportunity to interview bandmates and brothers – Daniel and George Castady about the full music release Ninjago fans have been waiting for! The discography CD release entitled “All Ages: Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: The Complete Ninjago Discography of The Fold” will include all the songs by the band as featured in the show, a special bonus disc and a lyric book.
The double disc collection will be available to buy on The Fold’s store on Amazon.com in the United States, U.S. and international fans will also be able to buy the CD release on The Fold’s online store at http://www.thefold.bigcartel.com, signed copies will also be available.
Before getting into the interview, I would like to say thank you to Dan and George and also to the people who have given me questions to ask the band, I hope Ninjago fans will find it to be an enjoyable and informative read!
DC = Daniel Castady GC = George Castady
How did the band start and how did you get your musical style?
DC: The Fold began in 2006. We grew up playing in local punk bands, so the style kind of came out of that, and where we grew up (Villa Park, IL). It seemed like everyone we knew was in a band at the time, and we all liked the same bigger bands, so I think they influenced us a lot (Face to Face, NOFX, Goldfinger, Green Day, to name a few!)
How did you get the opportunity to produce the theme song (The Weekend Whip) for Ninjago and other songs in the show?
DC: Apparently a fella named Mike Kramer was in one of those bands we played with in the early days of The Fold, and by the time Ninjago was being dreamed up Mike had moved to LA to become a composer, scoring soundtracks for things like TV and film. Well, Jeppe Riddervold, the show’s music director, asked Mike if he had any ideas on someone who could sing a poppy, fun, punk-tinged theme song for Ninjago, and he suggested ME! The rest, is Ninjago history. =)
What songs have you worked on for the new Ninjago season (Season 8) – Sons of Garmadon?
DC: For whatever reason no original music from The Fold was created for Season 8. We’ll be back for Season 9, but since we had a little break, we wanted to use the opportunity to respond to lots of fans who have requested “hard copies” (CDs) of our music from the show over the years… So we’re putting out a complete discography containing everything we’ve done so far for Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. It’s almost 30 songs! It’s been such an incredible journey, so to quote our most recent Ninjago song, we thought… “THE TIME IS NOW!” It’s coming out as a double disc digipak set of physical CDs that you can actually touch and hold! =) It’s even got a full lyric booklet for all the songs! It’s coming out this Friday, February 16th. It will be available on our Amazon.com store here in the states, and worldwide through www.thefold.bigcartel.com (we will even be offering a signed copy at that link).
GC: Yeah, this seemed like something that was necessary to have out there for people who like what we’ve done on the show and we’ve been talking about it for years. Now people can have it all for a really affordable price. The title ALL AGES really sums up our whole journey with the show with a double entendre, in true Ninjago lyric style.
Each song matches the theme and tone of each season/story arc very well (including each remix variation of the theme song), do you get some ideas from Lego’s creative team or do you have other sources of inspiration?
GC: It’s come in a few different forms over the years. A few of the seasons, we had some phone calls with LEGO and got a general direction in place, maybe a song title or two, and then we just read the scripts, watched the episodes and got to work writing our songs. Other times, things were more abstract, so we write around general themes and decide on song titles. Rebooted was more like the latter, whereas Hands of Time was more cut and dried — where we knew that the songs we would be writing would consist of a Whip remix, a hero song and a bad guy song.
I’ve heard that Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu has been renewed for a ninth season, will the band be making songs for this season?
DC: Heck yeah, we sure hope so!
GC: We are beyond excited for season 9. We got to chat with the Hageman Bros at the Ninjago Movie premiere and they told us some stuff that’s gonna blow your mind! They also did a little writeup on The Fold for our insert on ALL AGES! As a band and fans of the show, we’re grateful to those guys for making Ninjago into all it has become.
What is your favourite season of Ninjago? (can be single episodes or The Lego Ninjago Movie)
DC: I bet George and I have different favorite seasons, but for me it will always be Rebooted because it was the first time I got the feeling that something magical and sustainable was happening with Ninjago. Even then, I never thought we’d be sitting here 8 seasons later talking about it. This show seriously has a life of it’s own!
GC: If I could pick two, I really liked Tournament of Elements as well as Skybound. I think all the new characters in those two seasons were really funny and opened up the show in a cool way. The music on those two seasons is also among my favorite that we’ve made.
From a creative perspective, what song on the show are you most proud of and why?
DC: After the Blackout, because it represents a lot of the music we grew up listening to, while also capturing the energy in that season of Ninjago. It felt like we got to channel our own upbringing, and use it for the good of Ninjago! =)
GC: Full Digital if only for the bridge section. It became part of a video we did on our YouTube channel that Zane dies.. It gave me chills when we were writing it and that scene matches it so perfectly. The lyrics for that one also felt really aligned with the tone of the season.
What is your favourite Cartoon Network show (apart from Ninjago)?
DC: Not sure on this one, George do you know of any?
GC: Hmmm, if I’m watching Cartoon Network it’s going to be for Ninjago, at least so far!
Check out The Fold’s website and social media accounts to find out more about the band:
Future Plans For Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe In Czech Republic And Slovakia
According to Czech media news website rozhlas.cz, Turner Broadcasting System Europe has released some information about the future of the new Czech language soundtrack on Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe and HD feed and progress made since launch on 20th September 2017. Turner has been planning to fully launch Cartoon Network in the Czech Republic and Slovakia markets five years ago (a year before the launch in Portugal, which was the last time a new Cartoon Network feed was launched in Europe) and has been actively working on the launch over the last 12 months. During the five years, the Czech and Slovak markets were closely monitored by Turner to find a suitable time for a full launch (rival children’s networks Nickelodeon and Disney Channel already provide a Czech audio service).
Now it has been less than two months after the launch of the Czech audio track on Cartoon Network Central Eastern Europe, most of the programming on the channel is now available in the Czech language and a full 100% Czech service will be ready by early 2018. Also to clarify, there won’t be a Slovak language soundtrack, at least in the foreseeable future, the Czech soundtrack (as well as English) is available in Slovakia, both Czech and Slovak are mutually intelligible to an extent.
At present the HD feed is upscaled and isn’t full HD, Turner’s technical team is currently working on providing a full HD service, a HD feed was one of the carriage requirements by cable TV provider UPC Czech Republic. A full HD launch will put Cartoon Network ahead of its rivals in the Czech-Slovak market. An advertising opt-out is now operational and will be implemented properly by the beginning of next year, Atmedia currently handle ad-sales for the channel, and the channel could transition from a UK based OFCOM broadcast license to a Czech-based RRTV broadcasting licence. The Czech version of the Cartoon Network website (http://www.cartoonnetwork.cz) is now operational with a constant flow of new videos and games added to the website.
Cartoon Network CEE will soon be rebranded soon with the Dimensional graphics package and the channel is now available to stream on UPC’s Horizon Go TV anywhere service.
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