Cartoon Network (Filipino TV channel) facts for kids
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV) (High-definition simulcast of CN Southeast Asia)
16:9 480i (SDTV) (Philippine feed; usually upscaled for high-definition TV sets)
|Owner||WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks Asia/Warner Bros. Asia|
|Launched||6 October 1994
(as part of CN Southeast Asia)
1 September 1995
(Localized feed for Philippine television)
|Sky Cable and Destiny Cable||Channel 43 (Digital)
Channel 178 (HD)
|Parasat Cable TV||Channel 34|
|Neca Cable Cebu||Channel 12|
|Surigao Cable Television||Channel 54|
|Pioneer Cable Vision||Channel 17 (SD)|
|Sky Cable (Zamboanga City)||Channel 18 (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines)|
|Cignal||Channel 74 (SD)
Channel 220 (HD)
|G Sat||Channel 73|
Cartoon Network (CN) is a Filipino pay television channel created by Warner Bros., which primarily shows animated programming. The Philippine version is a branch of Cartoon Network Southeast Asia, and broadcasts exclusively in the Philippines.
The channel started broadcasting on October 6, 1994 as part of Cartoon Network Southeast Asia. It was later separated from the Southeast Asia feed on September 1, 1995.
In 2012, Cartoon Network has been cemented as the number one channel for kids in the Philippines. The gathered data shows that its weekly reach was higher than any other cable channel (at almost two-thirds of 2- to 12-year-olds), and it also has been the most engaging channel with viewers spending more time watching the said channel. According to Sunny Saha, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Entertainment Networks division of Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, said that in Mega Manila, the channel's ratings grow by 59%, compared with the 2011 ratings as kids and families continue to embrace our vibrant mix of comedy and adventure entertainment.
In 2019, Cartoon Network and its sister service Boomerang have ranked first in Mega Manila and National Urban viewership as stated by the gathered data from Kantar Media Philippines.
Cartoon Network on free-to-air television
Cartoon Network programs on GMA Network
GMA Network previously broadcast Cow and Chicken, Johnny Bravo, and The Powerpuff Girls in weekday mornings and afternoons in 2001. In 2008, few of the Cartoon Network programs like Camp Lazlo and My Gym Partner's A Monkey were shown on its sister network QTV until 2010, when TV5 acquired the rights of the entire Cartoon Network original programming. In 2019, GMA Network re-aired the original Ben 10 episodes every weekday mornings and Ben 10: Alien Force every weekends.
Block on TV5
On October 18, 2010, TV5 launched TV5 Kids presents Cartoon Network, a cartoon block which airs selected Cartoon Network programs dubbed in Filipino. The programs aired on the TV5 block included Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Omniverse, Codename: Kids Next Door, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Powerpuff Girls Z, The Secret Saturdays, and Teen Titans. In 2013, TV5 aired more Cartoon Network shows to their block like Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time. On March 5, 2011, Generator Rex joins the weekend programming line-up of the network. In 2015, the block has been axed, giving way for the return of TV5 AniMEGA.
The block returned in October 2016, after a year of hiatus but with only two new CN shows (We Bare Bears and the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls) which airs only every Saturday and Sunday mornings and it does not air any of its older CN shows mentioned above unlike the original airing of the block.
Since the network began airing NFL games in 2017 in the mornings, pre-empting the Cartoon Network and Boomerang block multiple times, the block was axed again in October 2017 as part of the network's shifting as a sports and news channel, led by their partnership with ESPN International, re-branding its sports arm to ESPN5 in the same month until March 8, 2020 when it was rebranded as One Sports.
Starting July 20, 2020, the block has returned as "Cartoon Network on TV5 Kids" every Monday and Wednesday as part of the broadcaster's programming shuffle.
Boomerang on TV5 Kids
Around late 2015, Boomerang on TV5 Kids was launched. It airs a few programs straight from Boomerang Southeast Asia and Boomerang Australia and New Zealand. All of the shows aired on the Boomerang block were dubbed in Filipino. As of 2017, TV5 AniMEGA is still airing.
Programs aired on the said block were The Looney Tunes Show, Rat-A-Tat, Inspector Gadget, The Powerpuff Girls and Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (now on Yey!) every weekday afternoons. On weekends, it airs We Bare Bears and the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, despite it does not air on all feeds of Boomerang.
Block on CNN Philippines
On September 1, 2018, after a 1-year hiatus, Cartoon Network programs returned to free TV, this time over CNN Philippines. This is due to the growing trend of airing cartoons and entertainment shows on free-to-air news channels. Programs like We Bare Bears, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls & Ben 10 are aired in its original language (English) instead of Filipino. The said shows are part of the newly launched CNN Philippines Junior weekend morning block, which also coincides with the launching of Newsroom Junior Edition. Many upcoming cartoon shows will air on CNN Philippines in the future.
The Philippine feed Cartoon Network does not have its own HD simulcast; instead, the high definition simulcast of Cartoon Network Southeast Asia is distributed in some major TV providers such as SkyCable HD, Cignal HD and Sky Direct, broadcasting at 1080i HDTV.
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