European Channel Roundup - 2019

For March 2019, in what was set to be a significant month for the UK in terms of its relationship with the EU, we took a whistlestop tour of presentation on channels from across the block in a celebration of our European neighbours.

TV6 (Sting - Short) - 2019

TV6 began broadcasting in Sweden in 2006, taking over from the previous youth targeted channel ZTV. Owned by Nordic Entertainment Group (previously Modern Times Group), the channel focuses heavily on entertainment imports from the US and UK with added Swedish subtitling. The visual style for the channel makes use of bold graphics, with the colours red and black against white used across most presentation. A short sting here, used around breaks and into programming.

TV6 (Sting - Long) - 2019

A longer version of the TV6 channel sting/ident, used to lead into programmes.

TV6 (Sting - Lethal Weapon) - 2019

As well as the generic graphical stings, several other stings featuring quotes from films and TV series are also used on TV6 in Sweden, mostly in English due to the heavy use of imported shows on the channel. Here one features a quote from the Lethal Weapon US TV series.

TV6 (Sting - How I Met Your Mother) - 2019

Neil Patrick Harris appears as his character 'Barney' in this How I Met Your Mother themed sting for the channel.

TV6 (Sting - Fast And Furious) - 2019

A short sting for TV6 based around the 'Fast and Furious' franchise, with another quote featured.

TV6 (Sting - Family Guy) - 2019

A sting based around the US animation Family Guy, featuring the use of a full colour piece of artwork rather than the greyscale imagery usually used.

TV6 (Sting - Brooklyn 99) - 2019

Another TV6 sting, this time using a quote from US TV series Brooklyn 99.

TV6 (ECP) - 2019

The ECP style from 2019 for Sweden's TV6 channel, making heavy use of the channel's 3 signature colours.

TV6 (Promo) - 2019

The 2019 trailer style for TV6. And only the finest British exports make it to Sweden, with E4's 'Tattoo Fixers' putting in an experience.

TV4 Sweden (Sting 1) - 2019

TV4 originally began broadcasting to Sweden via satellite in 1990, with terrestrial following in 1992. Since then the channel has provided a mix of imports, alongside their own dramas, sports coverage and a heavy news presence. TV4 also operates a large network of regional opt-outs on the channel from across the country. 2019 branding on the channel consists of shots of various locations with the 4 logo overlaid, with two different lengths of sting added around most junctions.

TV4 Sweden (Sting 2) - 2019

A second sting for TV4. This time it's a longer edit, featuring buildings with a lot of snow.

TV4 Sweden (Sting 3) - 2019

A third sting for TV4, this time with a lone trekker walking through the snow.

TV4 Sweden (Sting 4) - 2019

Getting off foot and into a car now for another TV4 sting.

TV4 Sweden (Break) - 2019

Into break bumpers on TV4 essentially follow the same style as the regular stings, just with the addition of the word 'Reklam' to let you know adverts follow.

TV4 Sweden (Break 2) - 2019

Another break sting for TV4, and the sun is quite low in the sky for this one.

TV4 Sweden (Break 3) - 2019

The Tjörn Bridge features in this break sting for TV4, being truncated a little early by playout here.

TV4 Sweden (Menu) - 2019

Menus on TV4 feature pictures of programmes growing and shrinking into focus against a light background. This version features continuity, as well as cross promoting a show on fellow-owned channel TV12.

TV4 Sweden (Menu) - 2019

Another menu for TV4, this time without continuity and promoting that most famous British export 'Hem Till Gården' (literally translating as 'Home to the Farm').

TV4 Sweden (Promo) - 2019

An example of the 2019 trailer style for TV4, also featuring promotion for their obligatory ondemand service.

Toggo (Break - Pollen) - 2019

Super RTL is a primarily children's oriented channel broadcasting to the German language countries, and is split into three strands throughout the day. The bulk of programming falls under the 'Toggo' brand, which features shows targeted for 6-13 year olds. The rest fall under either the 'Toggolino' brand, for pre-schoolers, or 'Super RTL' itself, which is reserved for more broader family shows from 8pm onwards. Branding changes throughout the day to match, with most of it being presentated via short stings and break bumpers. Here a spring-themed break bumper from 2019 features a bee-like creature getting an explosion of pollen to the face.

Toggo (Break End - Pollen) - 2019

The accompanying Toggo-branded end of break 'pollen' bumper. Visually the same as the opening version, but with additional vocals to inform you the break is over.

Toggo (Break - Crash) - 2019

In this spring-themed break bumper, one of the bees fails to pay due care and attention resulting in a crash.

Toggo (Break End - Crash) - 2019

The accompanying end of break sting for the 'crash' bumper.

Toggo (Break - Hive) - 2019

All the bees fly into a hive in this spring themed break sting... well.. almost all of them.

Toggo (Break End - Hive) - 2019

The accompanying end of break sting for the 'hive' animation.

Toggo (Sting - Stuck) - 2019

Toggo stings on Super RTL follow the same seasonal animation style as the break bumpers, just with a larger logo and no 'Werbung' wording. Here, the bees fly through the Toggo logo, until one of them gets stuck.

Toggo (Sting - Higher) - 2019

In this Toggo von Super RTL sting, the bees see who can get the highest. They don't appear to be too aspirational...

Toggo (Promo) - 2019

An example of the 2019 channel promotion style for programming under the Toggo strand.

Toggolino (Promo) - 2019

A Toggolino branded trailer from Super RTL, which still retains the cow theme that has been central to the Toggolino strand since the beginning.

Super RTL (Promo) - 2019

A German promotion actually under the parent 'Super RTL' brand, as it is trailering a family movie in an early evening slot.

Toggo (Sting - Party) - 2019

One of several stings from the winter-themed package, still airing in February 2019. In this one, a bunch of characters are having a party.

Toggo (Sting - Skating) - 2019

The characters are all seen ice skating in this winter-themed Toggo sting for Super RTL.

Toggo (Sting - Woozle Goozle) - 2019

Woozle Goozle is a popular show based around a puppet character that has aired on the Super RTL channel since 2013. Here the title character appears in his own channel sting, not branded up for any particular season.

Toggo (Break - Tree Jump) - 2019

A series of Toggo break bumpers themed up for the winter 2019 season on Super RTL, with the characters interacting with snow and lights. Here the orange character jumps from a tall tree.

Toggo (Break End - Tree Jump) - 2019

The accompanying end of break bumper for the winter tree jump sequence.

Toggo (Break - Snowman) - 2019

The characters form up a snowman in this wintery Toggo break sting.

Toggo (Break End - Snowman) - 2019

The accompanying end of break sting for the Snowman bumper.

Toggo (Break - Parachutes) - 2019

This time round, the characters all parachute down from on high in another winter themed break sting for Super RTL.

Toggo (Break End - Parachutes) - 2019

The end of break sting for the winter parachuting animation.

Toggo (Break - Lights) - 2019

For this Toggo/Super RTL break sting, one of the characters breaks into a beautiful light show for everyone else.

Toggo (Break End - Lights) - 2019

The ending break Toggo sting for the lights animation.

Toggo (In Vision Continuity) - 2019

Although not widespread, In Vision Continuity is still present on the Super RTL channel. Here present Vanessa pops up in vision to let you know what's coming up next on the channel.

Toggo (In Vision Continuity) - 2019

A second spot of invision continuity for Super RTL. Here presenter Marc lets you know what's coming up next.

RTL II (Break - Krass Schule) - 2019

First launched in March 1993, RTL II is a second German entertainment channel from RTL Group, largely airing a mix of imported series and reality TV shows. Winter 2019 presentation on the channels features various personalities from shows on the channel filmed in a mountain chalet setting, making symbols to represent '2'. The break opening sting features the names of those appearing, and for this one the stars of Krass Schule, a scripted reality docu-soap, feature.

RTL II (Break End - Krass Schule) - 2019

End of break stings on RTL II feature the same stars of the channel, however this time with the slogan 'Zeig Mir Mehr' (show me more) overlaid, and an additional wipe to the channel logo at the very end. The stars from Krass Schule appear again here.

RTL II (Break - Victor) - 2019

Another start of break sting for RTL II, this time featuring 'Victor' from their version of Love Island.

RTL II (Break End) - 2019

Another end of break sting for RTL II, featuring the channel slogan again.

RTL II (Promo) - 2019

An example of the 2019 promo style for RTL II. Graphics at the start and end are designed to flow very quickly into the next presentational element on the channel.

RTL II (Break - Jule, Dolly & Mark) - 2019

Jule, Dolly and Marc feature in this RTL II break sting, stars of the channel's reality soap Köln 50667.

RTL II (Break End - Jule, Dolly & Mark) - 2019

The end of break sting featuring Jule, Dolly and Marc once more.

RTL II (Break - Giovanni & Jana Ina) - 2019

For this break sting, Giovanni and Jana Ina appear, hosts on the German version of Love Island.

RTL II (Break - Milka Loff Fernandes) - 2019

Another RTL II break sting, this time featuring Milka Loff Fernandes. Presenter of the Naked Attraction series on the channel - yes the format made it to Germany too!

RTL II (Break End - Milka Loff Fernandes) - 2019

The end of break sting featuring Milka Loff Fernandes for RTL II.

RTL II (Break - Tobi & Marcellino) - 2019

Tobi and Marcellino appear in this break sting, more stars from the German version of Love Island.

RTL II (Break End - Tobi & Marcellino) - 2019

The RTL II end of break sting featuring Tobi and Marcellino from Love Island.

RTL II (Break - Eva Brenner) - 2019

Eva Brenner features in this RTL II break sting, away from the mountain lodge setting. Eva has presented the makeover show 'Zuhause Im Glück' for the channel, up until it's recently announced cancellation in early 2019.

RTL II (Break End) - 2019

Another 2019 End Of Break sting for RTL II.

RTL II (Break - Det Müller) - 2019

Det Müller appears in an RTL II break sting once again away from the chalet setting. Det is the host of Mein neuer Alter and GRIP, both motoring shows on the channel.

RTL II (Break End - Det Müller) - 2019

Motoring host Det Müller again, this time in the end of break sting for RTL II.

RTL II News (Update) - 2019

RTL II features short news bulletins on some hours, giving the latest headlines and a very brief runthrough of news events. The opening headlines and titles to a short bulletin here.

DMAX Germany (Sheriff) - 2019

The Discovery-owned entertainment channel DMAX launched in Germany in September 2006, replacing the XXP channel that had been purchased that year. With a heavy slant towards adventure and motoring shows often produced by Discovery US and redubbed in among some homegrown fare, the channel has since been replicated in other markets due to the success in German speaking countries. Idents are rarely used for programming with the channel employing accelerated flow techniques around starting junctions, so channel branding relies on stings during internal breaks. In 2019 various lengths featured, with characters from shows or sometimes just general objects flying in a reverse explosion to form the DMAX logo. Each sting can be used with the words 'Werbung' overlaid for breaks or sometimes with the channel's tagline on the end.

DMAX Germany (Alaskan Bush People - Short) - 2019

Another sting for DMAX Germany, this time based around the show 'Alaskan Bush People'. Here featuring the 'Werbung' text overlaid as it leads into a break.

DMAX Germany (Alaskan Bush People - Long) - 2019

A longer formup version of the Alaskan Bush People sting for DMAX Germany. Beware those flying axes!

DMAX Germany (Steel Buddies) - 2019

Steel Buddies is the featured programme in this DMAX sting, with the star of the show and other engineering related items forming the channel logo.

DMAX Germany (Antiques) - 2019

Solely computer rendered objects and no people appear in this more generic 'antiques' based sting for DMAX.

DMAX Germany (Treehouse Masters) - 2019

The programme Treehouse Masters makes up the theme for another DMAX Germany sting.

DMAX Germany (Motoring - Short) - 2019

A shorter version of a generic motoring-based 'objects' sting for DMAX, without any particular shows or personalities featured.

DMAX Germany (Motoring - Long) - 2019

A longer version of the motoring sting for DMAX, with more computer-rendered objects appearing in the longer runtime.

DMAX Germany (Survival - Long) - 2019

Computer rendered survival-themed objects appear in this long version of another DMAX Germany sting.

DMAX Germany (Garage Rehab) - 2019

Another DMAX Germany sting, this time based around the show Garage Rehab. Featuring some re-use of the object models from the generic motoring sting.

DMAX Germany (ECP) - 2019

The ECP style for DMAX Germany in 2019. Entirely graphical in nature here, without any continuity present.

DMAX Germany (Promo) - 2019

DMAX Germany (Game-Tipp) - 2019

A common practice among German broadcasters is to shore up channel income with spin-off gaming, which can then be promoted during airtime. Listed as a 'Game Tipp', the spot here is essentially a DMAX branded commercial for a particular simulator with a loose show tie-in.



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