RiK, the first Slovak language kids channel, will officially make its debut on January 1.

A paid-for HD service in 16:9 format aimed at children aged 4-12, it will be the fifth channel in Joj Groupís portfolio.

RiK is already guaranteed 40% coverage of Slovakia at launch, having secured distribution on Skylink, Slovanet, Orange and Antik.

Last week, it started test broadcasts on Skylink, the countryís leading DTH platform.