Nicktoons (UK and Ireland)

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Nicktoons
Nicktoons UK Logo 2014.png
Launched22 July 2002;17 years ago (2002-07-22)
NetworkNickelodeon (UK & Ireland)
Owned by(Viacom International Media Networks Europe/Sky)
Picture format 576i 16:9 SDTV
Audience share0.08% (March 2017 (2017-03), BARB)
Country United Kingdom and Ireland
Language English
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Ireland
Formerly calledNicktoons TV
(22 July 2002 – October 2004)
Sister channel(s)
Website www.nicktoons.co.uk
Availability
Satellite
Sky Channel 606
Cable
Virgin Media
(UK)
Channel 717
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 606
WightFibre Channel 102
IPTV
TalkTalk Plus TV Channel 485
BT Channel 485
Plusnet Channel 485
Eir Vision Channel 606
Streaming media
Now TV Watch live (UK only)

Nicktoons (known as Toons in "Next" bumpers) is a British pay television channel launched on 22 July 2002. It is a cartoon-based sister channel to Nickelodeon. The channel airs Nicktoons, as well as acquired programming from outside providers. Unlike the United States version, it has been ad-supported since launch.

Cartoon Form of two-dimensional illustrated visual art

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Nickelodeon is a British pay television network focused on kids programming, it is operated under a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks Europe and Sky.

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History

Nicktoons was launched on 22 July 2002 as "Nicktoons TV". In October 2004, the channel was rebranded from Nicktoons TV to NickToons. The channel's first imaging campaign featured The Pixel characters as their first mascots, designed by Slomo Productions. [1]

From February 2007 to 30 April 2010, there were 4 mascots; Rooftop, Beat, Colin, and Spoon, designed by Studio AKA. [2] The new 'worldwide rebrand' logo for Nicktoons was introduced on 30 April 2010 (along with the full lower-casing of the channel name), with a new imaging campaign introduced on 2 January 2012.[ specify ] On 13 November 2014, there were new idents introduced with eyes of the characters. [ citation needed ]

Studio AKA is an animation studio producing television commercials, TV programmes and short films. The company was founded in 1989. Notable productions include Hey Duggee, a TV series aimed at 2 to 5 year olds produced for CBeebies, which was recommissioned for a second series and which was awarded an International Emmy in 2017 and a BAFTA, and Lost and Found, an animated short film based on the children’s picture book by Oliver Jeffers, which won a BAFTA in 2009.

On 2 January 2019, the channel started broadcasting for 24 hours a day, along with other Nickelodeon channels in the UK.

Sister channels

Nicktoonsters

On 18 August 2008, a new spin-off channel to Nicktoons was launched under the title of Nicktoonsters. The channel was exclusive to Sky . The channel broadcast older programming which was dropped from the main Nicktoons scheduled prior to launch. It took up half the time of a channel space shared with Comedy Central Extra +1. [3] The channel closed on 31 July 2009 and was replaced with a 1-hour timeshift of Nicktoons, Nicktoons Replay on 1 August 2009.

Comedy Central Extra television station

Comedy Central Extra is a European pay television channel that launched in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in 2003. A Dutch version was launched in 2011. In 2012 a version of Comedy Central Extra was launched in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, in 2013 in Romania and Bulgaria, in 2014 in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and in 2016 in Albania.

Nicktoons Replay

A +1 feed of Nicktoons known as Nicktoons Replay launched in place of Nicktoonsters on 1 August 2009. [4] The channel was discontinued 1 October 2012, with Comedy Central Extra +1 again in full control of the channel slot's airtime. Nicktoons Replay's old EPG position was used to launch a one-hour timeshift of Nick Jr., titled Nick Jr. +1.

Nicktoons Ireland

On 13 September 2012, it was announced that Sky would be launching an Irish feed of NickToons. [5] It launched 16 October 2012.

Programming

Programming blocks

In 2004, when Nicktoons TV extended its hours, the 19:00 – 22:00 slot was called Toonz2Nite (extended further to 23:00 in November 2005). This had a separate, distinct presentation from the main channel, and the programmes shown were generally aimed at older viewers.[ original research? ]

The network began airing shows from NickSplat on 9 January 2017 until they stopped for unknown reasons around February 2017.[ citation needed ]

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See also

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References

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  2. "NICKTOONS REFACE, Cinema promo (ref: p14)" (PDF). Stash DVD Magazine. Retrieved 30 December 2007.
  3. Licence Details for Nick Toonsters Archived 5 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. "Digital marketing integral to SMEs". Irish Independent. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013.