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Pop Max

Pop Max
CountryUnited Kingdom
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Timeshift servicePop Max +1
OwnerSony Pictures Television
Sister channelsPop
Tiny Pop
Sony Channel
Sony Movies
Sony Movies Action
Sony Movies Classic
Launched19 May 2008; 12 years ago (19 May 2008)
ReplacedPop +1
Former namesKix! (2008-14)
Kix (2014-17)
FreeviewChannel 208
FreesatChannel 604
SkyChannel 620
Channel 621 (+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, sci-fi, action and adventure series on Sky and Freesat. Its target audience is 7 to 12-year-old boys.[1]


Kix! logo used from 2008 to 2014.
Kix logo used from 2014 to 2017.

At 6am 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 in October 2002,[citation needed] and shows cartoons and pop music videos for a mixed audience; Tiny Pop, which was launched in July 2004,[citation needed] and shows cartoons for young children and pre-schoolers; and Pop Girl, launched in August 2007.[citation needed]

In August 2008, Kix! launched onto Freesat.[2]

In May 2013, Kix! was renamed to Kix.[3] The labelling on the onscreen programme guide was changed in accordance with this. However, the Kix logo continues to include the exclamation mark.

Unlike Pop and Tiny Pop Pop Max is not on Virgin Media.

Kix broadcasts on Freeview since April 2016, following the earlier addition of Pop and Tiny Pop to the service. Kix transmits on the same local-TV multiplex as Pop, so that Kix is only available in areas where Pop is available.[citation needed] In August 2017, Kix rebranded its identity and is now called Pop Max; however, none of its programming changed.[4] In June 2019, Pop Max moved to the G-MAN multiplex, meaning that Pop Max only broadcasts in Manchester on Freeview.[5][better source needed]

Kix Power and Kix +1

In July 2013, Kix received Kix Power, which replaced Pop Girl +1 on Sky.[3] Kix Power broadcast only Power Rangers. Kix Power was replaced by a Kix +1 service in October 2013,[citation needed] and this timeshift ran through October to November 2013. Kix Power was then reintroduced in November 2013 for a second run, to operate in the run-up to December 2013, with Kix +1 resuming at the start of January 2014. Kix Power returned again, replacing Kix +1, on an ad hoc basis around major school holiday periods.[citation needed]

In April 2014, Kix +1 relaunched this time as Kix +. In July 2014, Kix + was closed down and replaced with Pop +1, which closed in 2008 and was replaced with Kix. In October 2014, Kix was rebranded as Kix Power for the October half-term. In October 2015, Kix +1 relaunched, replacing Pop Girl. In June 2016, Kix +1 was removed from Freesat and was replaced with Pop +1. In December 2016, Kix Power launched on Virgin Media.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Kix | Showreel | CSC Media". Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ . January 2014 []. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "News". Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Kix changes name to Pop Max". Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Freeview Advice | Twitter". Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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