|Picture format||16:9 576i SDTV|
|Timeshift service||Pop Max +1|
|Owner||Narrative Entertainment UK Limited|
Great! Movies Action
Great! Movies Classic
|Launched||19 May 2008|
|Former names||Kix! (2008-14)|
|Freeview||Channel 208 (Pop Player)|
|FilmOn||Internet Protocol Television|
Pop Max (formerly Kix! and then Kix) is a British free-to-air children's television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by Narrative Entertainment UK Limited. As of June 2014, it broadcasts cartoons, sci-fi, action and adventure series and anime on Sky and Freesat. Its target audience is 7 to 12-year-old boys.
At 6am on 19 May 2008, Pop +1 ceased broadcast and was directly replaced on-air with Kix content. Medabots was the first programme to be broadcast under the Kix! identity.
Kix was the fourth dedicated kids' channel to be launched by CSC: its three sister channels are Pop which was launched in October 2002, and shows cartoons and pop music videos for a mixed audience; Tiny Pop, which was launched in July 2004, and shows cartoons for young children and pre-schoolers; and Pop Girl, launched in August 2007.
In August 2008, Kix! launched onto Freesat.
In May 2013, Kix! was renamed to Kix. The labelling on the onscreen programme guide was changed in accordance with this. However, the Kix logo continued to include the exclamation mark until summer 2014.
Unlike all the other channels from Narrative Capital, Pop Max is not on Virgin Media.
Kix broadcasts on Freeview since April 2016, following the earlier addition of Pop and Tiny Pop to the service. Until 2019, Kix transmitted on the same local-TV multiplex as Pop, so that Kix was only available in areas where Pop is available. In August 2017, Kix rebranded its identity and is now under the Pop Max brand; however, its programming remained relatively unchanged. In June 2019, Pop Max moved to the G-MAN multiplex, meaning that Pop Max only broadcasts in Manchester on Freeview.[better source needed] As of 2021, Pop Max is not widely available on Freeview in the UK.
In early 2022, a live Pop Max stream was added to the Freeview Play version of the Pop Player app. On 25 May 2022, Pop Max was delisted from Freeview and was replaced with the Pop Player channel.
As of 2022, Angry Birds Toons and Voltron: Legendary Defender are the only Pop Max exclusive programs.
In July 2013, Kix received Kix Power, which replaced Pop Girl +1 on Sky. Kix Power broadcast only Power Rangers. Kix Power was replaced by a Kix +1 service in October 2013, and this timeshift ran through October to November 2013. Kix Power was then reintroduced in November 2013 for a second run, to operate in the run-up to December 2013, with Kix +1 resuming at the start of January 2014. Kix Power returned again, replacing Kix +1, on an ad hoc basis around major school holiday periods.
In April 2014, Kix +1 relaunched this time as Kix +. In July 2014, Kix + was closed down and replaced with Pop +1, which closed in 2008 and was replaced with Kix. In October 2014, Kix was rebranded as Kix Power for the October half-term. In October 2015, Kix +1 relaunched, replacing Pop Girl. In June 2016, Kix +1 was removed from Freesat and was replaced with Pop +1. In December 2016, Kix Power launched on Virgin Media.
The channel sources its programming from multiple independent studios.
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