BBC Entertainment

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BBC Entertainment
BBC Entertainment Logo.svg
Launched1 October 2006; 12 years ago (2006-10-01)
Owned byBBC Studios
Picture format16:9 (SDTV)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaEurope
ReplacedBBC Prime
(1995–2009)
Sister channel(s)CBeebies
CBBC
BBC World News
BBC Lifestyle
BBC Earth
BBC HD
BBC First
BBC Brit
Websitewww.bbcentertainment.com
Availability
Terrestrial
GO
(Malta)
Channel 302
Televarpið
(Faroe Islands)
Channel 7
Satellite
Digiturk (Turkey)Channel 115
yes (Israel)Channel 32
ZON Multimédia(Portugal)Channel 230
Cable
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 65
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 853 (SD)
HOT (Digital) (Israel)Channel 42
Cabovisão (Portugal)Channel 130
ZON Multimédia (Portugal)Channel 230
MC Cable (Monaco)Channel 232
Numericable (France)Channel 81
Numericable (Belgium)Channel 65
Numericable (Luxembourg)Channel 86
Telenet (Belgium)Channel 552
Naxoo (Switzerland)Channel 212
UPC Austria (Austria)Channel 177 (SD)
Cablenet (Cyprus)Channel 405 (SD)
IPTV
MEO (Portugal)Channel 226
Free (France)Channel 426
CytaVision (Cyprus)Channel 70
PrimeTel (Cyprus)Channel 70
AonTV (Austria)Channel 59
Proximus TV (Belgium)Channel 222 Brussels
Channel 27 Flanders
Channel 247 Wallonia
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 58 (SD)
Streaming media
Telenet Yelo TVLive TV (Belgium only)
Ziggo GOZiggoGO.tv (Netherlands only)

BBC Entertainment is an international television channel broadcasting comedy, drama, light entertainment, reality and children's programming (some regions only) from the BBC, Channel 4 and other UK production houses. The channel broadcasts regional versions to suit local demands and replaced BBC Prime. It is wholly owned by BBC Studios.

Launch dates[edit]

The channel was launched in October 2006, replacing BBC Prime in Asian markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Korea. On 28 December 2006, it was launched on the Astro platform in Malaysia. The channel was launched in India in May 2007 on the Tata Sky platform and on India online Broadband Public Limited, but ceased broadcasting at the end of November 2012 due to "commercial considerations".[1]

The channel was launched in Poland, on Cyfrowy Polsat, in December 2007, and replaced BBC Prime on DStv in South Africa on 1 September 2008. It was launched together with its sister channels (BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and BBC HD) in the Nordic countries in November 2008, when it replaced BBC Prime on Canal Digital, Com Hem, Telia Digital-TV and FastTV. The Nordic countries get a separate feed of the channel which differs from that in the rest of Europe. It was also launched in Mexico on the SKY México digital satellite platform in August 2008 in a deal with Televisa, and it has since extended to other Central and South American countries.

The channel replaced BBC Prime in the rest of Europe and the Middle East & North Africa in November 2009. In Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, BBC Entertainment is carried alongside BBC One and BBC Two on the Telenet, Ziggo, and Naxoo cable networks.

On 1 December 2009, Astro dropped the channel and replaced it with ITV Granada. On 1 March 2010 in Italy Sky Italia also dropped the channel. In 2010 Kabel Deutschland (Germany) made it a pay-TV channel.

In August 2012, UniFi picked up the channel, thus making the channel available in Malaysia once more after a 3-year hiatus. However UniFi dropped the channel in December 2015.

On 13 April 2017, BBC Entertainment ceased its transmissions in Latin American countries, along with BBC Earth and CBeebies.[citation needed]

Finally, BBC First was launched in some Asian regions on 19 March 2016. Singapore Via Starhub TV broadcasts ceased on 29 April 2015, while in Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia, broadcasts ceased on 1 January 2017. In Myanmar and Mongolia, broadcasts ceased on 1 March 2018. In Taiwan, broadcasts ceased on 10 March 2017 and were replaced by CBeebies.

Programming[edit]

This table is not complete

Programme name Format / Genre First broadcast First seen on
BBC Entertainment
Absolutely Fabulous Sitcom 1992–2002
After You've Gone Sitcom 2007–2008 April 2013
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Comedy chat show 2009- March 2013
As Time Goes By Sitcom 1992–2005 March 2013
Bedlam Supernatural drama 2011–2012
Being Erica Comedy drama 2009–2011 May 2013
Big Barn Farm Children's TV 2008-
Blue Peter Children's TV 1958- April 2016
Casualty Medical drama 1986- April 2013
Coast Travel December 2012
Come Dine with Me Cooking 2005-
Doctors Soap opera 2000- March 2013
Doctor Who Sci-fi drama 1963-89 2005- February 2013
Dragons Den Entrepreneurial reality TV 2005-
EastEnders Soap opera 1985- February 2013
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Reality TV 2003–2012
Fawlty Towers Sitcom 1975-1979 May 2015
Full Circle Michael Palin Travel documentary 1997 March 2013
The Graham Norton Show Comedy 2007- October 2016
Grandpa in My Pocket Children's TV comedy 2009-
Holby City Medical drama 1999-
Humf Children's TV 2009-11
Hustle Drama 2004–2012
Ideal Comedy drama 2005–2011 March 2013
Lark Rise to Candleford Period drama 2008–2011 April 2013
Lead balloon comedy 2007–2011 March 2013
Live at the Apollo Standup comedy 2004- March 2013
Luther Psychological crime drama 2010–2011 March 2013
Masterchef (UK) Cooking 2005- March 2013
Merlin drama 2008-2012 September 2014
Monarch of the Glen Drama 2000–2005 March 2013
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work Documentary 2007
My Family Sitcom 2000–2004 February 2013
New Tricks Crime drama 2003- March 2013
Ocean Giants Natural history 2011
One Foot in the Grave Sitcom 1990–2000 November 2012
Orphan Black Sitcom 2013–2017
Penelope K, by the way Children's TV 2010–2012
Sahara with Michael Palin Travel documentary 2005 May 2013
Secret Millionaire, The Reality TV 2006- May 2013
Silk Legal crime drama 2011- May 2013
Smart sharks Natural history 2003
South Pacific Nature documentary 2009
Spooks Drama 2002–2011 May 2013
Strictly Come Dancing Talent show 2004- October 2016
Top Gear Motoring/Entertainment 2002-
Twenty Twelve Comedy 2011–2012 November 2012
Ty's Great British Adventure Reality TV 2008–2010
Underground, The Sketch comedy 2006
The Voice UK Talent show 2012- May 2016
Waking the Dead Police procedural drama 2000–2011 February 2013
Walking with Dinosaurs Documentary 1999
Walk on the Wild Side Comedy 2009- April 2013
Waybuloo Children's TV 2009-
Weakest Link game show 2000–2007 January 2013
Would I Lie to You? Comedy 2007- October 2016
Waterloo Road Drama 2006-2015
Yes Minister Political satire 1980–1984

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davies, Will (2012-11-02). "BBC Pulls Plug on Two India Channels - India Real Time - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. Retrieved 2013-06-27.

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