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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1072 times:

Do people in Europe get NBC, ABC, CNN, etc.? I thought I saw an NBC sign in London.

I was surprised to see that, Turks and Caicos, and some of the carribean gets Miami tv shows.

On our satellite we get BBC America, and some Canadian music channels.


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1046 times:
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We have CNN in England, there is a CNN studio in London, that's all i know, dunno about the rest of europe.




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User currently offlineLj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

Well I get CNN and CNBC (from 18.00 the US CNBC)

User currently offlineMcringring From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

On what channel do you guys watch the Super Bowl?

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

CNN is on cable in many (most?) german cities (converted to the german PAL standard). I don´t know about the others.

And, of course, there´s AFN TV in some areas, which carries daily segments of assorted US network shows and news (among them NBC, CBS, CNN). But since it´s original NTSC, you´d need an american or multi-standard TV to watch it. And a good antenna on your roof...  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1029 times:

No, the main US broadcast networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, WB, UPN) are not available in Europe. Even if a company wanted to distribute them in Europe, copyright restrictions would prohibit them from doing so. For example, the distributor of ER (Warner Brothers I believe) has already sold the show's European rights to various European networks. Those networks would be very upset if NBC started to beam that show into Europe directly.

Having said that, there was a pan-European cable channel called NBC Europe, which was owned by GE (it is still available in some countries). However, it only showed programming that NBC produced itself, such as the Tonight Show and NBC Nightly News. It struggled financially because it couldn't show NBC's most popular shows, due to the copyright restrictions I mentioned above. The NBC sign you saw in London was probably an advertisement for this network.

CNN's global service, CNN International, is widely available in Europe. It is far more globally-oriented than the CNN you know, and has major studios in London, Atlanta, and Hong Kong. Spanish, German, and Turkish versions of CNN are also available in their respective countries.

CNBC Europe shows London-based business news and simulcasts CNBC USA and CNBC Asia. For more info, check out http://www.cnbceurope.com/about_us.html

Many European cable systems and DTH providers carry American-owned channels such as the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, etc. But these are all "packaged" in Europe (for example, the Discovery Channel Europe has a stronger focus on history-related documentaries than its US counterpart).

This is the logo of the French History Channel:



Most American TV shows are seen on European networks (dubbed in some countries, subtitled in others). US programming tends to be VERY popular throughout the continent.


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1025 times:



I forgot about AFN (American Forces Network) TV. It's a low-budget, US-government-owned TV service for American service personell stationed in Europe. For more info, check out http://www.myafn.net/


User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1025 times:

We have CNN in Germany, via satelite. But I never watch it.

User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

Mcringring asked:

>>On what channel do you guys watch the Super Bowl?

Well, it varies country by country. Here is a list from superbowl.com:

(You'll find the complete worldwide list at http://cbs.sportsline.com/u/xxxv/features/intltv.html)

Andorra Canal+ Spain
Armenia Fox Eastern Europe
Austria ORF/SAT 1
Azerbaijan Fox Eastern Europe
Belarus Fox Eastern Europe
Belgium Canal + Flemish / France
Bulgaria Fox Eastern Europe, Bulgaria National TV
Croatia Fox Eastern Europe
Cyprus Lumiere TV
Czech Republic Fox Eastern Europe
Denmark TV2
Estonia Fox Eastern Europe
France Canal + France
Georgia Fox Eastern Europe
Germany SAT 1 / Premiere
Greece Filmnet
Hungary Fox Eastern Europe
Iceland SYN -CH.2
Ireland Sky Sports
Italy Tele+
Kazakhstan Fox Eastern Europe
Kyrgystan Fox Eastern Europe
Latvia Fox Eastern Europe
Liechtenstein SAT 1/Premiere
Lithuania Fox Eastern Europe
Luxembourg Canal + Netherlands
Macedonia Fox Eastern Europe
Moldova Fox Eastern Europe
Monaco Canal + France
Netherlands NOS/Canal + Netherlands
Poland Fox Eastern Europe
Romania Fox Eastern Europe
Russia NTV Plus, Fox Eastern Europe
Slovenia Fox Eastern Europe
Slovakia Fox Eastern Europe
Spain Canal+ Spain/TV3 Spain (highlights)
Switzerland SAT 1/Canal + France
Ukraine Fox Eastern Europe
United Kingdom Sky Sports/Channel 5 (highlights)
Uzbekistan Fox Eastern Europe


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1016 times:

BTW, they mention "Fox Eastern Europe" -- it should be "Fox Sports Eastern Europe"

User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1007 times:



Speaking of which, Fox Sports Europe and Fox Sports Eastern Europe are available in many European countries. To see what kinds of sports they show, visit http://www.foxsportseu.com/world/fseu/.



Fox Kids is also widespread, with many local-language versions. For example, http://www.foxkids.ru/ is the channel's Russian site.

As you can probably tell, I'm very interested in international television!  Smile



User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 998 times:

Hi, I stand to be corrected by our TV enthusiasts/channel spotters (!), but UK residents who subscribe to the Sky network (UK-based cable company), are able to receive CNN, CNBC, FOX News, Bloomberg and maybe 1 or 2 other US news programmes too; I don't personally think any of them are that good, compared to what is locally available, but it's still nice to check things out from a US perspective.

We even get Al-Jazeera!  Big grin

I personally prefer the factual documentaries screened by the Discovery family of channels, and some BBC digital channels.

Regards

p.s. It really annoys me that Sky refuse to broadcast European channels from France, Germany, Spain, Italy and many other countries. I had to go to India to watch Deutsche Welle, TV5, Rai, TVE etc. etc. Frustrating for those who like to pick up other languages through TV...


User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4857 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 989 times:

CNN, NBC and a NBC in German (don't know if its shown on the same channel, but sometimes I see a NBC in german, sometimes english)

User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 974 times:

Thanks for reminding me about the Fox News, Capt. Picard! You're right, the network is now available to some digital satellite/cable subscribers in the UK and on the Continent. Unlike CNN, Fox News doesn't have a special service for Europe.



Also, the Italian network "La 7" carries Fox News live early in the morning (untranslated).



User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 972 times:

Capt. Picard wrote:

>>It really annoys me that Sky refuse to broadcast European channels from France, Germany, Spain, Italy and many other countries. I had to go to India to watch Deutsche Welle, TV5, Rai, TVE etc. etc. Frustrating for those who like to pick up other languages through TV...

In Slovenia, cable systems carry channels from across Europe. I guess that's one of the advantages of living in a small country. Here's the channel lineup of one of the country's biggest cable operators:

http://www.lj-kabel.si/tv_programi.htm


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 967 times:

Capt. Picard wrote:

>>...I personally prefer the factual documentaries screened by the Discovery family of channels, and some BBC digital channels.

You do know that the Discovery networks are American, right?  Smile The ones you see originate in the UK, but they are American-owned, and (in most cases) just European versions of established US channels (Animal Planet, etc.)


User currently offlinePolaris From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1150 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 961 times:

A couple of points of clarification:

Those who receive CNN in North America receive CNN USA. Those who receive CNN around the world receive CNN International. It is not always the same programming nor is it always the same perspective.

Discovery Channel in the USA does not own all Discovery Channels around the world. For example, Discovery Channel India and Discovery Channel Canada are independent of the US brand. They use the name under licence.


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 960 times:

Didn't know that actually; I guess that's why the narrators, on many of the Discovery documentaries, have an english (or not an American) accent. The exception seems to be whenever History channel programmes on the American civil war are screened (I love them!)

I love cable/digital/whatever tv, especially given 3 out of our 5 terrestrial channels don't usually show programmes which I enjoy.

I'm not surprised Slovenia screens all those channels (including th foreign ones). I think a significant number of Sky subscribers in Britain prefer sports and movie channels to foreign language programming; hence the lack of it...  Sad

Regards


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 18, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 957 times:
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I must say, the discovery channel has go to be the best TV channel i've come across. The programmes are so interesting and i learn a huge amount of new facts and information by watching these programmes.

Arsenal@LHR



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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 954 times:

Capt. Picard wrote:

>>Didn't know that actually; I guess that's why the narrators, on many of the Discovery documentaries, have an english (or not an American) accent.

There are two reasons for that: Many documentaries, even those produced entirely by Discovery, have both British and American versions. Usually, just the narration is different, although there may be variations in content as well. I guess that most people just prefer to hear their own variety of English on television. But that doesn't explain why some Discovery documentaries are voiced by Scottish narrators; doesn't a narrator with a Scottish accent sound almost as "foreign" to a viewer in London as an American narrator?

The other reason is that many Discovery documentaries are produced by British companies.

Polaris wrote:

>>Discovery Channel in the USA does not own all Discovery Channels around the world. For example, Discovery Channel India and Discovery Channel Canada are independent of the US brand. They use the name under licence.

Thanks for pointing that out. I should have said that the Discovery BRANDS are Ameriacn-owned. It is the same with fast food franchises: Your local KFC may be locally-owned, just operated under a license.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 947 times:

It goes further than that, PHX-LJU. The BBC and Discovery make a very large number of documentaries together, with Discovery holding the rights in North America and the BBC in the rest of the world. This is particularly true of wildlife documentaries. The BBC are the acknowledged world leader in this area, and Discovery tend to put up about half the money for those the BBC wishes to make. Essentially, a win-win situation for both.

Of course, this then works the other way around, and Discovery will make other documentaries, which the BBC can then pay towards the cost of making, and then market them around the world - apart from North America as I said before.

Both parties are delighted with this system.



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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 944 times:

You're right, Banco. For example, the BBC's "Walking with Dinosaurs" was shown on the US version of the Discovery Channel, under this arrangement (I believe). But since BBC has non-US right to the show, it will probably take years before the program will be shown on Discovery Europe (it will be sold by the BBC to various national broadcasters first).

A&E and some PBS stations cooperate with British producers in a similar way.


User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 934 times:

In relation to outside channels in the US... Here in Michigan we get BBC America on digital cable, as well as CBC (although I think thats kinda regional, here In Detroit we're close enough to recieve the signal with just an antenna). Our PBS stations do cooperate with the BBC to show such programs as BBC World News, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Antiques Roadshow UK, etc...


BBC World Service Radio is also fed into the NPR (National Public Radio) system later at night.



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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 930 times:

N312RC wrote:

>>"Our PBS stations do cooperate with the BBC to show such programs as BBC World News, Are You Being Served?, Keeping Up Appearances, Antiques Roadshow UK, etc..."

You're right, but I wouldn't say that those shows (the last 3 anyway) are examples of BBC-PBS cooperation. They are 100% British shows that were just bought by PBS. Banco and I were referring to cases where American broadcasters (PBS, A&E, Discovery) actually help to finance British shows, as is often the case with documentaries.


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