Comedy Central Extra
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaIreland
United Kingdom
NetworkComedy Central
HeadquartersLondon, UK
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
Timeshift serviceComedy Central Extra +1 (2009–2020)
Ownership
OwnerUK & Ireland
Paramount UK Partnership
(Paramount Networks UK & Australia/Sky Group)
Sister channelsComedy Central UK
History
LaunchedUK & Ireland
1 September 2003; 20 years ago (2003-09-01)
Former namesParamount Comedy 2
(2003–09)
Links
Websitecomedycentral.co.uk
comedycentral.ie
Availability
Streaming media
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)

Comedy Central Extra is a European pay television channel that launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2003, then followed by the Netherlands in 2011 where it was available until 31 December 2022. Between 2012 and 2020 it was also available in parts of Eastern Europe and the Balkans.

History

The channel launched as Paramount Comedy 2 in the UK and Ireland on 1 September 2003 on Sky, and followed soon after on 22 September 2003 on Telewest and 15 October 2003 on NTL. The channel was originally a so-called 'timeshift' service, offering programmes from Paramount Comedy at different times. It later started broadcasting different programming from Paramount, often British.

Logo used in the UK and Ireland until 31 July 2012.

On 17 February 2009, it was announced that both Paramount Comedy 1 and Paramount Comedy 2 would be re-branded as Comedy Central and Comedy Central Extra on 6 April 2009 at 9 pm.[1] The name change coincided with the launch of a new programming line-up which included new episodes of Two and a Half Men, The Office and South Park.

On 1 November 2011, Comedy Central Extra launched a localised version in the Netherlands through cable operator Ziggo.[2] Followed by KPN on 15 January 2012[3] and UPC Netherlands on 1 April 2012.[4] Comedy Central Extra has been available in parts of Eastern Europe[5] and between 1 August 2012 and 14 July 2020, in the Adriatic region: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.[6][7][8]

Some of the programming of Comedy Central Family moved to Comedy Central Extra after the closure of Comedy Central Family in the Netherlands on 31 May 2018.[9] On 10 November 2022, it was announced that Comedy Central Extra would close in the Netherlands on 31 December 2022.[10]

Timeshift service

Within the UK and Ireland, a timeshift service called Comedy Central Extra +1 (formerly Paramount Comedy 2 +1 from 2007 to 2009) was launched on Sky on 5 November 2007. The channel reduced its hours to 7 pm – 6am on 4 August 2008, as Nicktoonsters launched on 18 August 2008. On 2 October 2012, the channel began to run full-time again following the closure of Nicktoons Replay. Coinciding with the closures of MTV OMG, MTV Rocks and Club MTV on 20 July 2020, the timeshift channel also closed as part of this change, along with the timeshifts for MTV and MTV Music.

Programming

Main article: List of programmes broadcast by Comedy Central (UK and Ireland)

Comedy Central Extra currently airs a variety of American comedy in the daytime. After 10 pm, the shows are a mix of American and British comedy.

In January 2007, the channel switched from mainly American programmes to classic British programming with shows such as Seinfeld, Cheers and Roseanne being replaced by Bless This House, George & Mildred and The Upper Hand.

In February 2007, the channel had a 'British Classics' season, with such hits as Spitting Image and Monty Python's Flying Circus.

At weekends, the channel used to screen classic British comedy such as The Upper Hand, Bless This House, George and Mildred, Brush Strokes, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Don't Wait Up and Mr. Bean.

See also

References

  1. ^ Neil Wilkes (17 February 2009). "Paramount Comedy to become Comedy Central". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  2. ^ Robert Briel (24 October 2011). "Comedy Central Extra debuts on Ziggo". Broadband TV News. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  3. ^ Jarco Kriek (14 December 2011). "KPN Interactieve TV breidt uit met Comedy Central, BravaNL en Family7" (in Dutch). Totaal TV. Archived from the original on 8 January 2022. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  4. ^ Jarco Kriek (15 February 2012). "Zenderuitbreiding bij UPC" (in Dutch). Totaal TV. Archived from the original on 7 January 2022. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  5. ^ Farkas Attila (26 July 2017). "Új családi humorcsatornát indít és az MTV márka alatt megújítja zenei kínálatát a Viacom" (in Hungarian). DTVNews.hu. Archived from the original on 7 January 2022. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  6. ^ Jesse Whittock (31 July 2012). "Comedy Central gives Balkans Extra". C21Media. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  7. ^ Georg Szalai (31 July 2012). "Viacom to Launch Comedy Central Extra in Adriatic Region". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Nicktoons Adria umjesto kanala Comedy Central Extra" (in Croatian). Media-Sat.net. 20 July 2020. Archived from the original on 7 January 2022. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Comedy Central voegt Extra- en Family-zenders samen" (in Dutch). TelecomPaper.com. 25 April 2018. Archived from the original on 26 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Weer lineaire zender minder bij Ziggo, KPN en andere providers" (in Dutch). TotaalTV.nl. 10 November 2022. Archived from the original on 10 November 2022. Retrieved 11 November 2022.