Barnkanalen

Barnkanalen
LaunchedDecember 23, 2002
Owned bySveriges Television
Audience share~1,0% (May '07, MMS)
Country Sweden
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital terrestrialChannel 98
Satellite
Canal DigitalChannel 7
ViasatChannel 39
Cable
Com HemAnalogue
Channel 153
Canal Digital
Tele2Vision
IPTV over ADSL
Canal Digital
FastTV
Telia Digital-tvChannel 11
Viasat
Barnkanalen ("the Children Channel") is a channel from Sveriges Television dedicated to children's programming.

History

Barnkanalen started broadcasting on December 23, 2002. During its first year it was only available from 6.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on weekdays. The channel also took a "summer vacation" between May 23 and August 18. The rest of the time could be used for other programming, some weekends one could see tennis in the schedule.

The programming was aimed at pre-schoolers in the mornings and the afternoon programming was targeted at older children (pre-teens). The morning block featured special announcers that presented programmes from "the TV ship". Right after it had finished, the morning programmes would rerun immediately. A 1.00 p.m., an interactive show called Twebby was broadcast and it was followed by programmes for older children presented by two animated continuity announcers called "Joppe and Nella". Afternoon programming included animation, English language programming as well as dramas from the SVT archives.

On December 6, 2003, the channel started broadcasting on weekends, from 7.00 a.m.. From 2004, Barnkanalen would be a full year service.

During the 2004 Summer Olympics, SVT Extra would simulcast with Barnkanalen in the evenings and from September 27, 2004, the evening slot would be occupied by Kunskapskanalen.

The TV ship was removed in the autumn of 2005 and its presenters was integrated with Bolibompa, the evening children strand on SVT1. Bolibompa would from then bee the brand for pre-school programming on Barnkanalen as well. Twebby was discontinued later in the autumn.

In February 2006, Barnkanalen got new graphics and Joppe and Nella were removed. Instead, a new show called Bobster was shown between the programmes in the afternoon.

Programming

Pre-schoolers

Since the programming in the mornings is mostly aimed and preschoolers, it is either Swedish language in original, dubbed into Swedish or silent. Dubbing is expensive to do, as is producing new programmes. So most of the shows have been shown on SVT before, except for a few ones that have been dubbed recently.

Older programming shown in the mornings include Professor Balthazar, Doctor Snuggles and the Alfons Ã…berg films.

Pre-teens and teens

Barnkanalen also show some animation aimed at older children with its original sound track, for example the Japanese Cardcaptor Sakura and American AAAHH!!! Real Monsters. Notably, there is a version of Real Monsters dubbed into Swedish, but it is only shown in the competing satellite channel Nickelodeon Scandinavia. Other animated programmes are the animated Mr. Bean, Garfield and Friends and Code Lyoko.

Other acquired programming include drama series from several countries, such as Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada and Japan.

The many Australian drama series shown in the channel include Mirror, Mirror, Search for Treasure Island, Home Farm Twins, Saddle Club and Ocean Star. American shows include PBS series such as Ramona and Nickelodeon series The Secret World of Alex Mack. From the UK comes the Central series Woof! and Press Gang.

Availability

Initially Barnkanalen was available on satellite from Canal Digital, on certain digital cable distributors and free-to-air in the digital terrestrial network, being the first channel to broadcast without encryption in the network. An agreement of distribution on the Viasat platform was settled in 2003. A few days earlier, SVT had decided to allow cable networks to transform the digital signal into analogue format.

Many cable companies used copyright issues motivate an additional fee for the channel. An agreement that would make SVT pay the copyright costs was made some years later and made Barnkanalen (as well as Kunskapskanalen and SVT24) available in the analogue basic packages on the two major cable distributors, UPC Sverige and Com Hem, from July 1, 2005. This increased the penetration of the channel dramatically.

Sveriges Television (SVT)

Type Broadcast television network
Country  Sweden
Availability    National
Founded 1979
Slogan Fri Television ("Free Television")
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Motto
(Royal) "För Sverige - I tiden" 1
"For Sweden – With the Times" Â²

Anthem
Du gamla, Du fria
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Digital terrestrial television was launched in Sweden in 1999. The shutdown of the analogue equivalent started on September 19 2005 and was finished on October 15 2007.
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Com Hem

Subsidiary of The Carlyle Group and Providence Equity, both of the United States
Founded 1983
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden

Key people Gunnar Asp, CEO
Industry Communications
Products Digital Cable TV
HDTV
High-Speed Internet
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Telia Digital-tv is an IPTV distribution platform in Sweden owned by TeliaSonera. It was launched in January 2005 from a few locations [1], soon expandning into other locations.
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Sveriges Television (SVT)

Type Broadcast television network
Country  Sweden
Availability    National
Founded 1979
Slogan Fri Television ("Free Television")
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Tennis is a game played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponent's court.
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Availability
Terrestrial
Digital terrestrial Channel 98
Satellite
Canal Digital
Viasat Channel 39
Cable
Com Hem Analogue
Channel 153
Canal Digital
Tele2Vision
IPTV over ADSL
Canal Digital
FastTV
Telia Digital-tv
Viasat
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Availability
Terrestrial
Analogue terrestrial Until 2007
Digital terrestrial Channel 1
Satellite
Canal Digital Channel 1
Viasat Channel 1
Cable
Com Hem Channel 1
Tele2Vision
Canal Digital SVT1
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Professor Balthazar is a cartoon series for children about an old inventor.

It was created for television by the Croatian animator Zlatko Grgić at the Zagreb Film studio, Croatia. 60 episodes of the cartoon were made between 1967 and 1971.
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Availability
Terrestrial
Boxer (Sweden) Channel 30
Satellite
Canal Digital
Viasat Channel 13
Cable
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Mirror, Mirror, a 1996 co-production between Australia and New Zealand, is one single complete story given in a serial form — in the same way that a complete story is sometimes given in a television mini-series.
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