Nickelodeon (Japanese TV channel) facts for kids
Logo without the Japanese writing. 2018–present
|Picture format||480i, 4:3 (SD); 720i, 16:9 (HD)|
|Owner||ViacomCBS Networks Japan K.K. (ViacomCBS)|
|Launched||November 15, 1998(original)
January 30, 2018 (relaunch)
|Closed||September 30, 2009; 11 years ago (original)|
Nickelodeon is a Japanese television channel which is targeted mainly at children, teens and adults. It is the brand of ViacomCBS Networks Japan K.K. (a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA division of ViacomCBS). Started in November 1998 as a cable and satellite television channel, Viacom attempted to bring their Nickelodeon brand to the Japanese market.
However, due to declining viewership, the television channel was taken off the air on September 30, 2009. After the channel's closure, some programs were moved to other specialty channels (including MTV Japan), DTH satellite channels and terrestrial television networks. New programs made their national television premiere on other channels: For example, The Penguins of Madagascar made debut on NHK ETV on April 4, 2010. However, the official website is still online, with program information, website games and downloadable content, etc. In October 2017, Viacom brought back into the brand in Japan starting on January 30, 2018. It is currently available exclusively on dTV (a subscription TV streaming service of NTT Docomo) and Hulu Japan.
NickTime block on Animax
Nickelodeon's programs were also broadcast on Animax in Japan under a television block titled "NickTime", starting with SpongeBob SquarePants from September 1, 2010.
NHK World Japan
Only one Nickelodeon program also broadcast on NHK. It starts with SpongeBob SquarePants on January 21, 2012.