Nicktoons (United States)

Nicktoons is an American pay television channel that is owned by Viacom. Geared towards both children and animation fans of all ages,[1] the channel broadcasts original animated series from sister network Nickelodeon, known as Nicktoons, along with other original animated series, some feature films, and foreign animated programs from Nickelodeon's international networks 24 hours a day.

As of July 2015, approximately 66.5 million American households (56.5% of households with television) received Nicktoons.[2]

Nicktoons UK Logo 2010
LaunchedMay 1, 2002
Owned byViacom Media Networks
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Formerly calledNicktoons TV (2002–2003)
Nicktoons Network (2005–present)
Sister channel(s)Nickelodeon
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
DirecTVChannel 302 (SD)
Dish NetworkChannel 178 (SD)
Verizon FiOSChannel 254 (SD)
Channel 754 (HD)
AT&T U-VerseChannel 318 (SD)
Channel 1318 (HD)
Streaming media
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
PhiloInternet Protocol television


Nicktoons Network typeface, (2005–09)

Nicktoons was launched on May 1, 2002, as Nicktoons TV, 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 digital satellite services DirecTV and Dish Network. The network was originally marketed as commercial-free, with comedic promos involving 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. By June 6, 2005, as the network's distribution increased, the network began to carry regular advertising.

On September 28, 2009, the 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.[3] In conjunction with this, the "Network" identifier was dropped, leaving the network to be rebranded as Nicktoons for the second time.

An HD feed was launched on August 13, 2013, and is available on several providers.[4][5] Like Viacom's other HD channels, any programming produced in 4:3 SD is pillarboxed on this feed. As the network has blended in more Nickelodeon programming into its schedule, the Nicktoons website was sunsetted, recommending viewers go to instead before eventually being fully redirected to the domain.


Despite the channel's name, Nicktoons is not exclusively limited to airing Nicktoons, Nickelodeon's branding for its original animated television series (a brand that has seldom been used by Nickelodeon itself since the launch of the Nicktoons channel). The channel has engaged in channel drift throughout its existence, increasingly adding action-oriented programming that was never seen on Nickelodeon, and even live-action programs in recent years. Like sister network TeenNick, it is also used as a 'burn off' channel for failed or low-rated series (mainly animated) previously ordered for and airing on the main Nickelodeon network, along with outside series popular in overseas markets where Viacom is required to purchase worldwide rights for, but are not expected to rate well in the United States.


On September 3, 2014, a two-hour Wednesday prime time programming block named NickSports was launched on the channel, tying into the Kids' Choice Sports Awards inaugurated that year.[6] The block presented mainly licensed programming focusing on sports, including the Rob Dyrdek-starring Wild Grinders and NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core, along with sports-related feature films such as Bend It Like Beckham, Cool Runnings, and Space Jam.[6] Sometime in 2015, the block was moved to a Friday prime time slot. The block ended on September 2018.

International versions

Nicktoons was launched in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2002[7]; although, unlike the United States version, it has been an advertiser-supported channel since its launch. Previously unlike the U.S. version, it did not broadcast 24 hours a day until January 1 2019 when the channel went 24/7.There are also other Nicktoons channels in Flanders, the Netherlands and Germany replacing Nick Premium. A Latin America version of Nicktoons was launched on February 4, 2013.[8][9] An African version of Nicktoons was launched on September 30, 2014 along with Nick Jr.[10] A Middle Eastern version of Nicktoons was launched on February 15, 2017.[11] Nicktoons was also launched in Turkey on 20 February 2017. Nicktoons was especially launched in Poland on February 15, 2018.[12] A Central and Eastern Europe version of Nicktoons will be launched on April 1, 2019.[13]

Other media

The Nicktoons brand also extends to other media, such as video games featuring Nicktoons characters (such as Nicktoons Unite!, Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots, and Nicktoons: Globs of Doom).[14]


Nicktoons Network Robot Animation Capital of the World ACOW ACW Nickelodeon
ACOW, Nicktoons Network's robot mascot

From 2006 until 2009, Nicktoons Network used a robot mascot in bumpers and advertisements for the channel.[15] The mascot, named "ACOW," which stands for Animation Capital of the World was a complex robot character with a large singular eye, animated using "photo-puppetry."[16] ACOW was prominently featured on the website[17] and was used as part of the "Nicktoons Network: Animation Capital of the World" logo.[18] Several similar-looking eyeball-based characters were seen in promos for the network.


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  7. ^ Mason, Tania. "BRANDING: Nicktoons to target younger audience". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ "C21Media". C21Media.
  9. ^ TV News Desk. "Viacom Int'l Launches NICKTOONS in Mexico on Cablevision, Megacable & Cablemas".
  10. ^ "Nick Jr. and Nicktoons to launch in South Africa". Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Nicktoons to launch in the Middle East and North Africa". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Nicktoons wchodzi do Polski. Nowy kanał Viacomu dla dzieci w wieku 4-10 lat". VirtualNEMedia (in Polish). 2017-12-04.
  13. ^ "Nicktoons to launch in the Central and Eastern Europe". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  14. ^ "SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends Unite!". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Nicktoons Network Homepage, 2009". Archived from the original on 28 February 2009.
  16. ^ "Nickelodeon's ACOW -".
  17. ^ "2007 / ACOW on Nicktoons - Carlos Ordonez". Archived from the original on 13 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Animation Capital of the World - Viacom".

External links

List of Flash animated television series

This list of Adobe Flash animated television series consists of animated TV series produced in Adobe Animate (formerly Adobe Flash). It is organized by the year of release.


Nicktoons is a family of cable television channels owned by Viacom or subsidiaries of Viacom, with broadcasts in various countries or regions. It originated as the branding for Nickelodeon's original animated television series on August 11, 1991, but was seldom used by the network itself after the 1991 launch of the spin-off digital cable and satellite channel.

Nicktoons channels include:

Nicktoons (United States), the flagship American channel launched in May 1, 2002

Nicktoons (UK and Ireland), launched in 2002

Nicktoons (Netherlands & Flanders), launched in 2007

Nicktoons (Germany), launched in 2007

Nicktoons (Latin America), launched in 2013

Nicktoons (France), a defunct block of programming on Canal J.

Nicktoons (Africa), launched in 2014

Nicktoons (Scandinavia), launched in 2017

Nicktoons (Arabia), launched in 2017

Nicktoons (Turkey), launched in 2017

Nicktoons (Poland), launched in 2018

Nicktoons (Russia and Southeastern Europe), launched in 2019

Nicktoons (Central and Eastern Europe), will be launched on 2019

Ánima Estudios

Ánima Estudios (stylized and also known as ÁNiMA) is an animation studio and media company boasting one of the largest original catalogues of animated programming in Latin America. It is the leading and most prestigious animation studio in Latin America. Founded in 2002 by Fernando De Fuentes S. and Jose C. Garcia De Letona, the prolific house is best known for producing such recognizable brands as El Chavo, Top Cat, the Leyendas franchise, and Familia Telerín (a.k.a. Cleo & Cuquín). In 2018 the studio was rebranded as ÁNiMA and expanded its global distribution reach to include the U.K., South Korea, Russia and China among others. The company has offices in Mexico City, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Las Palmas (Canary Islands.)

Sister networks
Brand extensions
Nick Jr.
Nicktoons video games
Nicktoons Unite! series
Family-oriented television channels in the United States
Pre-teens and teens
General audiences
BET Networks
Music and Entertainment Group
Nickelodeon Group
Production studios
Corporate directors
Viacom Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks
Paramount Motion Pictures Group
Television stations
Miscellaneous assets
Defunct/former properties
See also

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