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Nick Jr. Kuboia was a preschool Kuboian children's television channel owned by MTV Networks Kuboia. The channel was launched on 12th August, 1996 and operated for fourteen years until the channel ceased transmissions on 5th December, 2010. It was the last Viacom channel to close in Kuboia.

History

Nick Jr. Kuboia was launched on 12th August, 1996, airing everyday from 6:00a.m. to 6:00p.m. The channel used the same idents and packaging used in the United States at the time. During its first few years on-air, the channel timeshared with Paramount Select. Paramount Select had previously timeshared with Nickelodeon Kuboia.

In 15th October, 1999, Nick Jr. Kuboia changed its on-air presentation and extended its hours, now ending everyday at 9:00p.m. Another new on-air presentation was launched on 29th April, 2002, following an increase in the channel's budget. In the summers of 2003, 2004 and 2005, Nick Jr. Kuboia temporarily extended its broadcast hours to midnight to coincide with the Kuboian summer holidays.

On 31st October, 2005, as well as receiving a new look, Nick Jr. Kuboia extended its broadcast hours to 10:00p.m. A nighttime programming block airing classic children's programming, Nick Jr. Classics, was launched on 9th January, 2006.

Closure

In September 2009, it was confirmed that all Viacom-owned channels would be closed in Kuboia by the end of 2010. Although Nick Jr. Kuboia was scheduled to close on 26th September, 2010, the channel unexpectedly continued to broadcast over that date.

Nick Jr. Kuboia's final day on-air was 5th December, 2010. The channel did not air any advertisements at all on its final day - only its generic idents in between shows. The last show to air on the channel was the Bod episode "Bod's Present" at 9:45p.m. The channel officially ceased transmissions at 10:00p.m. after airing one more generic ident before fading out to a screen informing viewers that the channel is no longer available.

International availability

For unknown reasons, Nick Jr. Kuboia was available in many international regions. The channel was available on NTL in Sallisland and on Destiny Cable in the Philippines. In Puerto Chango, it was available on Changosat as part of the "Cultural" package.

In Kronezia, the channel was available on a selection of cable providers.

In Gau, the channel was available on Sky PerfectTV.

In the United Kingdom, the channel was available on NTL and Telewest until their closures. The channel was also available on Sky Digital from October 1998, appearing in the "Specialist" category on the EPG. It was available in Circlia on Claro TV from 1999.

Other services

Nick Jr. 2

Main article: Nick Jr. 2 (Kuboia)

On 2nd February, 2004, a programming block on Fizzpop called Nick Jr. on Fizzpop was launched, which later rebranded as Nick Jr. 2 in November 2004. It ran on weekdays from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., and had a different schedule compared to the main Nick Jr. Kuboia channel.

Nick Jr. Classics

Main article: Nick Jr. Classics (Kuboia)

A nighttime programming block called Nick Jr. Classics was launched on 9th January, 2006 and aired from 8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. (midnight on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays). It aired classic British and Jetanie children's programmes from the 1960s to 1980s.

Nick Jr. Replay

A one-hour timeshift service for the channel, titled Nick Jr. Replay, was launched on 1st November, 2004.

Pop-up channels

Occasionally, Nick Jr. Replay would be replaced by a pop-up channel, which would solely broadcast one programme, or a certain group of programmes. One example includes Dora and Friends, which was available during the summer of 2006 and solely aired Dora the Explorer.

Programming

Since Nick Jr. Kuboia targeted children up to the age of seven, and as such, its schedule reflected this, with programming that targeted younger children. Though mostly following the UK schedule, it also aired some shows that were not aired on other Nick Jr. channels internationally, such as Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Gadget Boy & Heather, The Raccoons, Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat and Super Mario World.

Original programming broadcast throughout the channel's run include Cindi and Friends, Pop's Puzzles and Colourama.

A limited selection of anime was also broadcast on the channel, such as the English dub of Chimpui, the El Kadsreian English dub of Floral Magician Mary Bell, Kirby: Right Back at Ya! and the Kuboian dubbed version of the OVA series Miku and Akira.

Nick Jr. Party

In June 2001, Nick Jr. Kuboia introduced a block titled Nick Jr. Party, which aired non-stop music videos for half an hour, a majority of which were bubblegum pop, eurodance and novelty songs. The block initially aired on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:30p.m., though this varied from time to time. A compilation CD featuring songs that were often played on the block was released in June 2003 - it reached number four on the Karuboia Collaborative Albums chart.

Most of the music videos played on the channel featured on-screen lyrics. Some of the videos were edited in order to fit time constraints, usually with any non-musical intros/outros being edited out. A few songs that did not have an official music video had a custom one made in-house.

Nick Jr. Party last aired on 6th January, 2006, following a shuffle in the channel's schedule several days later.

Interstitial segments

Due to Nick Jr. Kuboia having long advertisements breaks, whoch typically lasted around six to eight minutes, the channel would frequently show interstitial segments.

A short segment, Nick Jr. Presents, was introduced in 1999, and typically featured some sort of song related to the channel. Among songs featured included a Kuboian dub of The Clapping Song, which was also used for the UK version of the channel.

In January 2003, the channel introduced a miniseries called Fast Food Fact Files, which focused on the benefits of eating a healthy diet. On 31st October, 2005, these were replaced with a similar miniseries called Nicktrition, which was introduced in the UK in June earlier that year. The Nicktrition segments were also featured on Nick Go! and VideoNick.

Website

The official website for the channel launched on 15th October, 1999. The website featured information on shows broadcast on the channel and what the channel's schedule was for the upcoming week (Monday to Sunday).

After the channel's closure, the website was replaced with a singular page mentioning that the channel had closed. In October 2011, the website was completely shut down and currently redirects to an error message.

Schedules

  • Nick Jr. Kuboia/January 2004
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