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Nicktoons
Nicktoons Network logo 2009.svg
Launched April 1, 2002
Owned by MTV Networks (Viacom)
Picture format SDTV (480p)
HDTV (1080i)
Slogan Big Stars, Animated.
Country United States
Headquarters New York City
(Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, California is promoted on air)
Formerly called Nicktoons TV (2002-2003)
Nicktoons (2003-2005, 2009-present)
Nicktoons Network (2005-2009)
Sister channel(s) Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick
Website http://nicktoons.nick.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 302
Dish Network Channel 178
Cable
Verizon Fios Channel 254
Available on most cable systems Check local listings for channels

Nicktoons is a digital cable and satellite television network owned by Viacom. It is a sister service of the Nickelodeon cable channel. The network broadcasts Nickelodeon's animated series, Nicktoons, along with other original animated series and foreign animation from other Nickelodeon networks overseas 24 hours a day. The slogan for the network is "Big Stars, Animated."

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As Nicktoons TV (2002-2003)

Former Nicktoons TV logo with SpongeBob in the background. (April 1, 2002 - April 7, 2003)

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Nicktoons was launched on April 1, 2002 as Nicktoons TV as part of the digital cable-exclusive MTV Digital Suite in order to entice cable operators to pick up the network and give them a marketing advantage over satellite services. However, by early 2004, Nickelodeon management changed course and offered it to the digital satellite services DirecTV and Dish Network also, based on consumer demand. At first, airing only archived Nicktoons, the network was marketed as commercial free, with comedic promos involving the Nickelodeon Animation Studios, two-minute cartoon shorts from foreign markets, and former program promotions which had previously been used on Nickelodeon taking up commercial time. As the network's distribution increased, by September 23, 2005, the network was airing regular advertising.

First Nicktoons Era (2003-2005)

Early Nicktoons logo for TV channel (April 7, 2003 - September 23, 2005)

The network was renamed to Nicktoons in 2003, featuring an orange Nickelodeon "splat" logo with orange text (April 7, 2003 - October 12, 2004) and a silver CGI version of the Nickelodeon "splat" logo with blue text (October 12, 2004 - September 22, 2005), replacing a rotating logo which featured various silhouettes of Nicktoons characters in orange with the NICK logomark above the text "Toons TV".

As Nicktoons Network (2005-2009)

Former Nicktoons Network logo from September 23, 2005 until September 28, 2009.

As part of the launch on the satellite services, the network once again rebranded further as Nicktoons Network on September 23, 2005. A new logo with the familiar Nickelodeon "Splat" fanning onto a globe shape was used, along with the new slogan of "Animation Capital of the World" and a promotion theme consisting of the characters being placed in a celebrity setting.

Second Nicktoons Era (2009-present)

On September 28, 2009, Nicktoons Network's logo changed as part of Nickelodeon's universal rebranding effort that also saw Nickelodeon's first logo change in 25 years and name changes for sister networks The N to TeenNick and Noggin to Nick Jr..[1] In conjunction with this move the "Network" identifier was dropped, leaving the network to be rebranded as Nicktoons for the second time in its history.

Programming

Its original programming consists nearly all of animated television programs formerly or currently broadcasted on its parent network. As has been the pattern with many children's networks over the years as they make forays into original programming and build up an archive of their newer series, older Nicktoons programs, along with those which had low sustaining popularity, have moved off the network's schedule. Advertising was also added during the 2005 relaunch. The network also aired original episodes of the final season of My Life as a Teenage Robot in October 2008; that series had long been pulled off Nickelodeon's main schedule. A similar thing occurred with Invader Zim and Yakkity Yak. The Nicktoons now show the old Nickelodeon cartoons only very early in the morning and late at night on the weekend.

For a Halloween theme week in October 2008, the network aired the 90's live-action program Are You Afraid of the Dark? on October 20, the first non-animated program to air on the network, although live-action segments involving the Nicktoons studio and animators have aired in the past in short form during commercial breaks. An episode of Nick News also aired on the network in early February 2009, along with episodes of Nick@Nite series Glenn Martin, DDS and new Nickelodeon teen series The Troop. In March 2010, Nicktoons decided to finally to bring back Invader Zim for one month only. Invader Zim is currently the network's most popular and most viewed schedule, and will be added to the channel's main schedule. Ion Television will be having A new block Called Nick Toons on Ion Television Later This year replacing qubo.

International versions

Nicktoons was launched in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2002, although, unlike the United States version, it has been ad-supported since it launched. Also unlike the US version, it does not broadcast 24 hours a day. There are also other Nicktoons channels in Spain, The Netherlands, and the Flemish region of Belgium. Nicktoons will also launch in Australia along with its competitor Disney XD on Foxtel and Austar in mid 2010. Nicktoons is going to launch in Germany on 31 March 2010 as pay-tv channel NICK Premium will be rebranded due to the new international design.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Nickelodeon Unveils New Logo, Variety.com, July 29, 2009
  2. ^ Kindersender NICK wird im März wieder zu Nickelodeon , TVmatrix, February 19, 2010

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Nicktoons Network
File:Nicktoons
Launched May 1, 2002 (as Nicktoons TV)
2003 (as Nicktoons)
September 23, 2005 (as Nicktoons Network)
Owned by Classical Viacom (2002-2005)
Viacom (2005-present)
Picture format SDTV (2002-2009)
HDTV (2009-present)
Slogan Not Just Cartoons, Nicktoons (2007-current)
The Animation Capital of the World (2005-2007)
We Love Cartoons (2003-2005)
Country United States
Headquarters New York City
(Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, California is promoted on air)
Formerly called Nicktoons TV (2002-2003)
Nicktoons (2003-2005)
Sister channel(s) Nickelodeon, Nick Too, Noggin (Rebranding into Nick Jr.), The N (Rebranding into TEENick),TEENick (September 2009),Nick Jr. (September 2009)
Website Official Site
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV Channel 302
Dish Network Channel 178
Cable
Available on most cable systems Check Local Listings for channels
Cablevision Channel 122
Charter Communications Channel 111
Time Warner Cable NY Channel 138
Channel 835
Channel 104
RCN Channel 247
Nicktoons Network, also known as Nicktoons TV and Nicktoons, is a digital cable and satellite television network owned by Viacom. It is a sister service of the Nickelodeon cable channel. The network broadcasts Nickelodeon's animated series, Nicktoons, along with original cartoons and foreign animation 24 hours a day.

This network is similar to Disney Channel's sister-related project Toon Disney (now known as Disney XD) and Cartoon Network's sister-related project Boomerang.

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History

Nicktoons Network was launched on May 1, 2002 as Nicktoons TV, at first only available on digital cable until early 2004, when it began its broadcast on satellite television as well. In February 2005, Nickelodeon announced that the channel would become ad-supported.

In 2003, the channel was re-named Nicktoons. Also, the renaming made the channel focusing on just Nicktoons and non-Nicktoons programming with shorts in between programs. In addition, bumpers featured real-life and or 3D clips with images of Nicktoons characters and or the 2003-2005 network logo in 3D or 2D.

On September 23, 2005 Nicktoons re-launched itself , as Nicktoons Network, introducing a brand new logo of a globe with the familiar Nickelodeon "Splat" that had been a Nick trademark since that network re-launched in 1984, and adapted a Hollywood-esque theme and a new campaign slogan of "Animation Capital of the World. On February 25, 2006, Nicktoons Network introduced their first original series, Kappa Mikey, which lasted for 52 episodes.

In 2007, Nicktoons Network changed its website again, this time the website has a monster-themed webpage filled with Nicktoons Network commercials and ads.

Programming

Its original programming consists nearly all of animated television programs formerly or currently broadcasted on its parent network. As has been the pattern with many children's networks over the years as they make forays into original programming and build up an archive of their newer series, older Nicktoons programs, along with those which had low sustaining popularity, have moved off the network's schedule. Advertising was also added after the 2005 relaunch.

For a Halloween theme week in October 2008, the network aired the 90's live-action program Are You Afraid of the Dark? on October 20, the first non-animated program to air on the network, although live-action segments involving the Nicktoons studio and animators have aired in the past in short form during commercial breaks. And on October 29, some original shows aired between 11:30-1:00.

Season 3 episodes of the series My Life As A Teenage Robot have been airing as never before seen episodes on the station starting on October 4, 2008.

On February 9, 2009, Nicktoons Network showed Nick News with Linda Ellerbee as part of Black History Month 2009 on Nicktoons Network. The episode was "We Shall Not Be Moved," which aired originally on Nickelodeon the day before. That would make this the second non-animated show to air on Nicktoons Network.

International versions

Nicktoons was launched in the United Kingdom in July of 2002, although, unlike the United States version, it has been ad-supported since it launched. Also unlike the US version, it does not broadcast 24/7. Nicktoons Network will also launch in Australia along with its competitor Disney XD on Foxtel and Austar in mid 2009.

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Nicktoons
File:Nicktoons Network logo
LaunchedMay 1, 2002
(original launch; as Nicktoons TV)
April 7, 2003
(original relaunch; as Nicktoons)
September 23, 2005
(relaunch: as Nicktoons Network)
September 28, 2009
(relaunch; as Nicktoons)
Owned byClassic Viacom (2002-2005)
Viacom (2005-present) (operated by MTV Networks)
Picture format480p (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganBig Stars, Animated.
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersNew York City
Formerly calledNicktoons TV (2002-2003)
Nicktoons (initial use, 2003-2005)
Nicktoons Network (2005-2009)
Sister channel(s)Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick
Websitehttp://nicktoons.nick.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 302
Dish NetworkChannel 178
Cable
Available on most cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
IPTV over ADSL
Verizon FiOSChannel 254
AT&T U-VerseChannel 316


Nicktoons is an American digital cable and satellite television network owned by Viacom. It is a sister service of the Nickelodeon cable channel. The network broadcasts Nickelodeon's animated series, Nicktoons, along with other original animated series and foreign animation from other Nickelodeon networks overseas 24 hours a day. The slogan for the network is "Big Stars, Animated."

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