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Pop Max

Pop Max
Launched19 May 2008; 11 years ago (19 May 2008)
Owned by(Sony Pictures Television/CSC Media Group)
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Audience share0.07% (August 2018 (2018-08), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Formerly calledKix! (2008-13)
Kix (2013-17)
ReplacedPop +1
Sister channel(s)Pop
Sony Channel
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Movies
Sony Movies Action
Sony Movies Classic
Tiny Pop
Timeshift servicePop Max +1
FreeviewChannel 303 (Manchester only)
FreesatChannel 604
SkyChannel 626
Channel 627 (+1)
Astra 2F
11306 V 27500 5/6
11306 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
Streaming media
FilmOnInternet Protocol Television

Pop Max (formerly Kix! and then Kix) is a free-to-air children's television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by Sony Pictures Television. As of June 2014, it broadcasts cartoons, action and adventure series, extreme sports and music videos on Sky and Freesat. Its target audience is 7 to 17-year-old boys.[1]


Kix logo used from 2013 to 2017.

At 06:00 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.[citation needed]

Kix was the fourth dedicated kids' channel to be launched by CSC: its three sister channels are Pop which was launched on 1 October 2002,[citation needed] and shows cartoons and pop music videos for a mixed audience; Tiny Pop, which was launched on 27 July 2004,[citation needed] and shows cartoons for young children and pre-schoolers; and Pop Girl, launched on 6 August 2007,[citation needed] and also shows cartoons and live action shows but is aimed at a female-led audience. Some programmes which have aired on Kix have been screened on one or more of the sister channels as well.[original research?]

On 8 August 2008, Kix launched onto the Freesat platform on channel 606.[citation needed]

On 7 May 2013, Kix! was renamed to Kix.[2] The labelling on the onscreen programme guide was changed in accordance with this. However, the channel logo continues to include the exclamation mark.

Kix moved over to 16:9 widescreen broadcasting on 8 July 2013;[original research?] Pop, Pop Girl and Tiny Pop had all previously moved over to the wider format. Kix retained a version of its prior onscreen graphics, rather than completely relaunching its presentation alongside the move (as Pop Girl had done).[citation needed]

Kix broadcasts on the Freeview digital terrestrial platform since 7 April 2016, following the earlier addition of sister channels POP and Tiny Pop to the service. Kix transmits on the same local-TV multiplex as POP, so that the channel is only available in areas where POP is available.[citation needed] On 30 August 2017, Kix rebranded its identity and is now called Pop Max; however, none of its programming changed.[3] On 27 June 2019, Pop Max moved to the G-MAN multiplex, meaning that the channel only broadcasts in Manchester on the Freeview TV platform.[4]

Kix Power and Kix +1

On 22 July 2013, Kix received a spin-off channel, Kix Power, which replaced Pop Girl +1 on Sky.[2] The subsidiary channel broadcast only Power Rangers programming. Kix Power was replaced by a Kix +1 service on 1 October 2013,[citation needed] and this timeshift ran through October and November. Kix Power was then reintroduced at the end of November for a second run, to operate in the run-up to Christmas, with Kix +1 resuming at the start of January 2014. Kix Power will return, again replacing Kix +1 (or Kix +), on an ad-hoc basis around major school holiday periods; the channel will open its third run in early April 2014,[original research?] building up to the Easter break, and for the first time will screen content not related to the Power Rangers franchise:[original research?] a daily online vote will determine the show to be played as a block on Kix Power the following day.[citation needed] On 22 April 2014, Kix +1 relaunched, this time as Kix +. On 14 July 2014, Kix + was closed down and replaced with Pop +1, which closed in 2008 and was replaced with the actual Kix channel. On 27 October 2014, Kix was rebranded as Kix Power for the October half-term. On 1 October 2015, Kix +1 relaunched, replacing Pop Girl. On 14 June 2016, Kix +1 was removed from Freesat and was replaced with Pop +1. On 11 December 2016, Kix Power launched on Virgin Media.


  1. ^ "Kix | Showreel | CSC Media". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "News". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Kix changes name to Pop Max". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Freeview Advice | Twitter". Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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