Multishow
CountryBrazil
HeadquartersRio de Janeiro
Programming
Language(s)Portuguese
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
(HD feed downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTV sets)
Ownership
OwnerCanais Globo (Grupo Globo)
Sister channelsSporTV, GNT, Globo News, Mais na Tela, Bis, Viva, Rede Globo
History
Launched10 November 1991
Links
Websitemultishow.globo.com

Multishow is an entertainment channel owned by Canais Globo, Grupo Globo's cable and satellite television channel operator. It was launched in 1991, as one of the company's first four channels (with Telecine, Top Sport – now SporTV – and GNT). A high-definition simulcast was launched on December 15, 2012, at 11:59 pm Brazilian Summer Time (UTC-02), with a live telecast of a Rolling Stones concert at the Prudential Center.[1]

History

Multishow launched in 1991 with an 18-hour schedule. Niche programming from ZDF, NHK and Antenne 2 was carried to cater to their respective ethnic minorities, subtitled. The channel also aired cult series such as The Simpsons and The Addams Family. In its earliest phase, the channel was aiming towards an increase in original productions and imported specials. The channel aired the successful Venezuelan telenovela Cristal in at 7pm timeslot, without competing against TV Globo's telenovelas. The producers of Telecurso were also creating a program for the channel aimed at topics of interest for the subscribed elite, such as how to ride a jet ski. Around May 1992, Multishow had an investment of US$40 million for a subscriber base of 16,000.[2]

Programming

See also: List of programs broadcast by Multishow

Original programming

Non-original programming

Specials

Bis

Main article: Bis (TV channel)

On October 1, 2009, Multishow launched its HDTV channel, Multishow HD. Like other HD channels owned by Globosat at the time (such as Globosat HD, Telecine HD and Premiere FC/Combate HD), instead of being a simulcast of the main channel, it featured a separate, mostly music-oriented lineup, with concerts, documentaries and other music-related programming, but most concerts also air in SD on the main channel. Until the launch of Multishow HD, all of Multishow's HD content aired on Globosat HD, which still broadcasts Multishow's non-music high-definition programming, and some music programs. On August 27, 2012, in anticipation to the launch of a high-definition simulcast of Multishow, Multishow HD was renamed provisionally Bis Multishow HD ("bis" is the Brazilian term for "encore") and later, on November 2012, renamed as simply Bis. The music-oriented programming of the channel remained mostly unchanged.

Trivia

References

  1. ^ Multishow estreia em HD neste sábado com show do Rolling Stones (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ "E pagar para ver: a TV por assinatura em foco". Google Books. 1996. Retrieved 17 May 2024.
  3. ^ Moura, Rayane (2023-04-24). ""Todo Mundo Odeia o Chris" passará a ser exibido no Multishow; saiba quando". Giz Brasil (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-29.