Comedy Central (Dutch TV channel)

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Comedy Central
Comedy Central 2018.svg
Broadcast areaNetherlands
NetworkComedy Central
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerViacomCBS Networks EMEAA
Sister channelsComedy Central Extra
MTV 80s
MTV 90s
MTV 00s
Nick Jr.
Nick Music
Launched30 April 2007; 14 years ago (2007-04-30)
1 December 2006; 15 years ago (2006-12-01) (as The Box Comedy)
ReplacedThe Box (1995-2006)
Former namesThe Box Comedy (2006-2007)
DigitenneChannel 11 (HD)
ZiggoChannel 15 (HD)
Channel 936 (SD)
CaiwayChannel 13 (HD)
DELTAChannel 14 (HD)
Kabel NoordChannel 351 (SD)
Canal DigitaalChannel 17 (SD)
JoyneChannel 13 (HD)
KPNChannel 12 (HD)
Tele2 NetherlandsChannel 13 (HD)
T-Mobile NetherlandsChannel 14 (HD)
Streaming media
Ziggo (Europe only)

Comedy Central is a Dutch free-to-air television channel based on the American channel of the same name. The channel is available on cable, digital terrestrial, IPTV, and satellite operators in the Netherlands. It broadcasts many imports as well as original programming. There is another, 24 hours a day broadcasting, Comedy Central channel available in the Netherlands, named Comedy Central Extra. This channel is only available as pay TV.


The Box (1995-2006)[]

The Box was originally a Dutch music channel, which allowed viewers to vote on music videos. It launched in June 1995 and was founded by a joint venture between Video Jukebox Network and Quote Media.[1] The Box was taken over by the German music television network VIVA Media in 2002.[2] In June 2004, The Box was acquired by MTV Networks Benelux of Viacom. On 1 December 2006 The Box's airtime was shortened, coinciding with Nickelodeon's move from the channel Talpa (now RTL 8) to The Box channel. The Box was replaced by The Box Comedy with only a program block of The Box during the night.[3][4]

The Box Comedy (2006-2007)[]

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The Box Comedy was a temporary television channel that was launched in the Netherlands on 1 December 2006. It replaced the music video channel The Box, which used to broadcast music 24 hours a day and the playlist was composed by televoting.[5] It was intended to ease the transition from The Box to Comedy Central. The Box Comedy broadcast shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Wayside and My Life As A Teenage Robot. It time-shared with Nickelodeon. Nickelodeon broadcasting in daytime and The Box Comedy in the evenings.

During the night the channel continued to broadcast R&B music under the name The Box. On 30 April 2007, the transition was completed when Comedy Central took control of its airtime.

Comedy Central[]

Comedy Central launched on 30 April 2007, replacing former channel The Box Comedy.[6] Between 2007 and 2010 Comedy Central aired between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am. The programming began after the programming of Nickelodeon.

In October 2008 Comedy Central launched a 24-hour digital sister channel, Comedy Central Family, a close collaboration between MTV Networks and Endemol. The channel was first offered by cable operator Ziggo. After this, other providers followed gradually.

On 4 November 2010 it was announced that Comedy Central would receive more airtime. Comedy Central ceased timesharing with Nickelodeon on 1 January 2011, when Comedy Central moved to the TMF channel. On that channel Comedy Central is broadcasting 15 hours a day, between 15:00 and 06:00 (CET). It replaced TMF in its entirety in 2011. During mornings and early afternoons Kindernet was broadcast between 06:00 and 15:00 (CET).[7]

From 1 October 2012 until 31 October 2013, Comedy Central is broadcasting 21 hours a day, between 09:00 and 06:00 (CET). In the early morning hours Kindernet was broadcast on the same channel between 06:00 and 09:00 (CET).[8]

As of 3 April 2012 Comedy Central is also available in HD.[9]

Since 1 November 2013, Comedy Central is broadcasting 24 hours a day, replacing Kindernet between 06:00 and 09:00 (CET).[10]

From November 2011 the digital channel Comedy Central Extra is broadcast by cable company Ziggo. These broadcasts include the American satirical program The Daily Show and stand-up shows.

On 1 October 2011, Comedy Central underwent a rebranding for the new logo. In 2012 the channel started with HD broadcasts, beginning on April 3, 2012, at UPC and from 2 July 2012 at Ziggo. It is broadcast increasingly in native HD on Comedy Central.

The voice-over since the launch of the channel in 2007 and since the rebrand in 2011 is provided by Joost Griffioen.

Comedy Central Family closed on 31 May 2018. However, some of its programmes moved to Comedy Central Extra.[11]

On 2 April 2019, Comedy Central underwent a rebranding for the new logo in Comedy Sans 2018-2019 Era.


Own Productions:

  • Comedy Central News
  • Doll
  • Freeks Oudejaars
  • HiHaHondenlul
  • Joezjny
  • Lesboos
  • The Daily Show, Nederlandse Editie
  • New Kids

From Belgium:

  • Kabouter Wesley

From Japan:

From the United States:

  • 30 Rock
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • 8 Simple Rules
  • Aliens
  • American Dad!
  • Archer
  • Becker
  • Better off Ted
  • Bless the Harts
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Bored to Death
  • Californication
  • Call Me Fitz
  • Chuck
  • Community
  • Dickie Roberts: Forever Child Star
  • Eastbound & Down
  • Entourage
  • Family Guy
  • Friends
  • Frasier
  • Futurama
  • Grounded for Life
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Hung
  • It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  • Kevin of the North
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • My Name Is Earl
  • Psych
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Rick and Morty
  • Scrubs
  • South Park
  • Stand Up Saturday
  • That '70s Show
  • The Best of Saturday Night Live
  • The Cleveland Show
  • The Jeff Dunham Show
  • Married... with Children
  • The Middle
  • The Office US
  • The Roast Of...
  • The Simpsons
  • Tosh.0
  • Yes Dear
  • Young & Hungry

From the United Kingdom:

  • Free Agents
  • Takeshi's Castle (British edited version and Dutch commentary)
  • Taking the Flak
  • The Graham Norton Show'
  • The IT Crowd
  • Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

See also[]

Comedy Central Extra


  1. ^ "Video-jukebox gaat concurrentie met MTV aan" (in Dutch). de Volkskrant. 11 April 1995.
  2. ^ "The Box verkocht aan Viva Media" (in Dutch). NRC. 22 April 2002.
  3. ^ David de Jong (20 October 2006). "Talpa 24 uur per dag; Nickelodeon op kanaal The Box, The Box ingeperkt" (in Dutch).
  4. ^ Saul van Stapele (24 April 2007). "The Box maakte menig urban artiest groot" (in Dutch). NRC.
  5. ^ David de Jong (20 October 2006). "Talpa 24 uur per dag; Nickelodeon op kanaal The Box, The Box ingeperkt" (in Dutch).
  6. ^ David de Jong (March 22, 2007). "Comedy Central neemt 30 april de plek van The Box (Comedy) in" (in Dutch). DutchMedia Weblog.
  7. ^ "TMF maakt plaats voor Comedy Central en KinderNet" (in Dutch). November 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "Zendtijd vanaf 09.00 uur" (in Dutch). Comedy Central. September 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Jarco Kriek (March 8, 2012). "Nickelodeon HD en Comedy Central HD bij UPC van start" (in Dutch). Totaal TV.
  10. ^ Einde Kindernet, Comedy Central 24 uur per dag, Totaal TV Nieuws, October 2, 2013
  11. ^ "Comedy Central voegt Extra- en Family-zenders samen". 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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