SBS Viceland, the new joint venture between SBS and US content producer Vice, is to launch on 15 November at 4.00pm.
The new channel, first announced back in June, will replace the current SBS2 channel and will also be available via SBS On Demand.
SBS promises that the new channel will feature “the best of SBS2 news, sport and entertainment alongside the best programs from VICELAND – the distinctive channel of VICE-produced programs overseen by award-winning Director Spike Jonze, which launched to critical acclaim in the United States earlier this year. The line-up will include new shows covering culture, music, sports, fashion, technology and more, from around the world”.
Further details about programming and schedules for SBS Viceland are still to be announced, though a 1800 number has been set up for callers to give their feedback on what they want, or don’t want, from the new channel:
The launch of SBS Viceland comes almost a year to the day after the launch of SBS’ other channel Food Network, programmed via a licencing agreement with lifestyle producer Scripps Networks Interactive.
On one hand, I would hope that “The Feed” will stay around and start airing on U.S. Viceland (Americans need to know about Lee Lin Chin–I’m serious). On the other hand, two of your flanker channels essentially licensed versions of American cable channels and all of those Viacom cable shows on the main channel seems to me that SBS is giving the middle finger to what’s supposed to be their mission.
Meanwhile, I wonder if their phone lines are getting people demanding “Hey, Hey,” Graham Kennedy, “Sons and Daughters” and “A Country Practice.”
I’m showing my age but if those shows were on I would watch!
Also agree re: Lee Lin Chin