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This article is about the cable channel. For the programming block that airs on Nickelodeon, see Nick Jr. (block).

The Nick Jr. Channel (or simply Nick Jr.) is a 24/7 cable network spun off from Nickelodeon's long-running preschool programming block of the same name. It launched on September 28, 2009, replacing the channel space held by Noggin. The Noggin brand stayed dormant for several years, but it was eventually relaunched as a streaming service in March 2015.

History

Origins (1988-2009)

→ Main articles: Nick Jr. (block) and Noggin

2009-present

The Nick Jr. Channel launched on September 28, 2009, replacing the channel space held by Noggin. Although the channel's name changed, Noggin's artistic branding style and Moose and Zee would still be used as the channel's mascots, appearing in time-filler segments in commercial breaks, also rebranding itself as "Preschool on TV." However by 2012, the Moose and Zee characters and original Noggin-like branding were discontinued in favor of a new style of bumpers blending Nick Jr. characters with a colorful CGI environment. In addition, commercial breaks were introduced in October. The Noggin brand stayed dormant for several years, but it was eventually relaunched as a streaming service in March 2015.

From it's launch 2009-2015, the channel would have a different "theme" each month. A short, animated music video was produced for each theme. In addition, selected episodes of the channel's programs that were related to a certain theme (such as pirates or music,) were shown. Examples included "Wild Safari," (animals,) and "Spooky Tales," (Halloween.)

Most Nick Jr. programming is aimed at preschoolers aged 2 to 5 years old. A late-night programming block aimed at parents, NickMom, aired on Nick Jr. from October 1, 2012 to September 28, 2015.

As of August 2013, the Nick Jr. channel is available to approximately 76,389,000 pay television households (66.89% of households with television) in the United States.

FuboTV (an internet television service founded in 2015) added Nick Jr. to their live TV service, along with VH1, MTV, CMT and more on April 30, 2019. Nick Jr. programs can also be found on its Nick Jr. Pluto TV channel.

Additional "Nick Jr. Channel" notation

On May 21, 2018, the channel refreshed their imaging with new interstitial pieces and updated curriculum notices, and began to promote themselves as the "Nick Jr. Channel" audibly and visually to avert confusion with the Nickelodeon block.[1] The Dora the Explorer episode "Dora Rocks!" was the first program to air with this look.[2]

Programs

Main article: List of programs broadcast by Nick Jr. (channel)

The Nick Jr. Channel's schedule primarily consists of reruns from Nickelodeon's preschool programming library, along with a few original series exclusive to the channel. Such content includes Blue's Clues & You!, PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Shimmer and Shine (until September 12, 2021), Ryan's Mystery Playdate, Butterbean's Café, and The Adventures of Paddington.

Related services

High-definition feed

An HD feed of the channel was launched on August 1, 2013, broadcasting at 1080i 60 lines.[3][4] As of 2017, most subscription providers along with DirecTV carry it and downscale it for the standard definition version.

Nick Jr. on Demand

Nick Jr. on Demand is the network's video-on-demand service, which is available on most subscription providers. It carries Nickelodeon's preschool programming.

Nick Jr. on Pluto TV

Streaming service Pluto TV, which Viacom acquired in January 2019, added a free version of Nick Jr. on May 1, consisting mainly of older library and archive content.[5]

Videos

See Also

programs broadcast by Nick Jr. (channel)

References

External links

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