Comedy Central is an American cable television and satellite television channel that carries comedy programming, both original and syndicated. Since late 2006, Comedy Central has expanded globally with localized channels in Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Latin America, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, United Kingdom and Spain, Asia (launches in 2012). International channels are operated by Viacom International Media Networks. On November 15, 1989, Time Warner, owners of HBO, launched The Comedy Channel as the first cable channel devoted exclusively to comedy-based programming. On April 1, 1990, Viacom (who owned MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon) launched a rival channel called Ha! that featured reruns of situation comedies and some original sketch comedy. The Comedy Channel's programs were originated from the HBO Downtown Studios at 120 East 23rd Street in Manhattan.
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