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Nickelodeon is a Canadian English language category 2 digital cable specialty channel based on the U.S. cable network Nickelodeon. It is wholly-owned by Corus Entertainment, with its name licensed from MTV Networks International, a division of Viacom.
As with its counterparts in the U.S. and elsewhere, Nickelodeon airs programs aimed at children, including live-action series and animation. Corus already owns two similar channels, YTV and Treehouse TV, which have carried Nickelodeon programs for many years under output agreements with Viacom. Both channels will continue to air Nickelodeon programs in the future, despite the launch of Nickelodeon Canada.
This marks the second Viacom-branded channel to be owned by Corus; the companies also partner on CMT Canada.
The channel launched on November 2, 2009 using the "YTV OneWorld" licence, granted to Corus by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in September 2008. Jacob Two-Two was the first show broadcast. On the day of the channel's launch, Discovery Kids (which Corus also owned) was shut down and replaced by Nickelodeon on most cable and satellite providers. However, cable and satellite companies had to reach new agreements with Corus in order to carry Nickelodeon, as Discovery Kids operated under a different licence.
Nick Jr. is a programming block dedicated towards preschoolers. It airs every weekday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM.