111 (Australian TV channel)

111 (pronounced as "Triple One", branded as 111 funny) is an Australian pay television channel which focuses on airing popular sitcoms from the 1980s to the present.

111
111 funny logo
Launched1 November 2008
Owned byFoxtel Networks
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Slogan
  • very funny
  • funny
CountryAustralia
HeadquartersSydney[1]
Formerly called
  • 111 Hits (2008–2014)
  • 111 Greats (2014–2015)
Sister channel(s)Foxtel Networks channels
Websitewww.111tv.com.au
Availability
Satellite
FoxtelChannel 111
Channel 154 (+2)
Cable
FoxtelChannel 111
Channel 154 (+2)
Optus TVChannel 111
Channel 154 (+2)
IPTV
Fetch TVChannel 111
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 111

History

On 24 October 2008, the channel was launched, running promos ahead of the launch. It was confirmed in the days before the launch that the channel will be broadcast in 16:9 widescreen. On 1 March 2009, the channel became available to Austar subscribers.[2]

The channel was branded as 111 Hits on 1 November 2008 with a special named Countdown to 111 Hits that featured special guests Jenna Elfman and Jermaine Jackson. 111 is based at Foxtel's Sydney Studios, where sister channel The Comedy Channel is also produced.[1][3] 111+2, a timeshift channel which broadcasts the same programs 2 hours later, went to air on 15 November 2009.

The channel's name was officially shortened on 1 January 2014 to 111 following the launch of TVH!TS.[4] However, the use of the revised logo and name began rolling out in December 2013.

On 20 April 2014, "111" rebranded to "111 Greats", however, the channel reverted to 111 on 1 August 2015.

On 1 November 2015, the network rebranded again, although keeping the name, it saw the introduction of a new look and schedule which is made primarily of classic popular sitcoms.[5]

In September 2016, the channel rebranded once more, this time partly incorporating its previous slogan of very funny into its new name: 111 funny.

On 27 February 2017, this channel launched on Fetch TV under the "Ultimate" subscription package.

Programming

111 Greats Logo
Logo as 111 Greats from 20 April 2014 to 1 August 2015; logo until 1 November 2015 is same, but omits "Greats"

Programming primarily consists of US shows from Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Television, and CBS Studios International.

As 111 launched, programming was slowly revealed through promotions on other Foxtel channels, with presenters discussing a show and their memories of it.

At launch, a majority of its shows were moved from Arena, FOX8, The Comedy Channel, TV1 and Fox Classics.

On 1 January 2014, with the addition of TVH!TS following the closure of TV1, there was a change in direction to the networks catalogue of programs, with a large amount of newer material (mainly sitcoms and dramas) moved from 111 Hits to TVH!TS. As a result, 111 Hits was shortened to 111. New additions to programming (which were previously shown on TV1) included classics such as Cheers, Frasier, and Get Smart, as well as newer shows such as Rules of Engagement.[4][6]

On 1 November 2015, the network changed its focus solely to sitcoms. This saw the sitcoms which were moved to TVH!TS the year prior returned and the removal of drama programming (with a large majority moved to other Foxtel-owned channels).[5]

Former programs

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Knox, David (20 October 2008). "111 Hits will target 24-54's". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ Knox, David (6 January 2009). "111 Hits to join Austar". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b "Better TV Blog". 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b 111 (1 November 2015). "We're now the home of your favourite sitcoms! 111 – very funny! Keep an eye out for the new programs coming to 111 from today…". Facebook. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Foxtel's TVH!TS is the new channel destination for TV's greatest hits from Wednesday, January 1". 16 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013.

External links

111 (disambiguation)

111 may also refer to:

111 (number)

111 BC, 111 AD

111 (emergency telephone number)

111 (Australian TV channel)

Swissair Flight 111

111 (Her Majesty & the Wolves album)

111 (Željko Joksimović album)

NHS 111

(111) a Miller index for the crystal face plane formed by cutting off the corner equally along each axis

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Reba is an American sitcom starring Reba McEntire that aired on The WB from October 5, 2001, to May 5, 2006, and on The CW from November 19, 2006, to February 18, 2007. Most episodes were filmed in front of a live studio audience.

Toon Time (TV series)

'Toon Time' is an Australian television entertainment programme 111 Hits created and executive produced by Darren Chau, and hosted by Penelope Mitchell and Dickie Knee (John Blackman) from Hey Hey It's Saturday fame. The programme features Bugs Bunny and the popular Warner Brothers animated characters, plus comedy segments, competitions and specials guests. 'Toon Time' premiered on 18 July 2011 at 5.30pm.Penelope Mitchell was cast by Darren Chau who discovered her following an exhaustive nationwide search of talent. The programme is the highest rating local production on Channel 111HITS, and its promotional campaign won 5 Gold Promax Awards.

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