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Nicktoons UK Logo 2010.svg
Country United States
Broadcast area Nationwide
Network Nickelodeon
Headquarters One Astor Plaza
New York City, New York, U.S.
Language(s) English
Picture format 1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Owner Viacom (2002–2006, 2005–2019)
ViacomCBS (2019–present)
(National Amusements (2002–present))
Parent Nickelodeon Networks (2002-present)
(MTV Networks (2002-2011)
Viacom Media Networks (2011-2019)
ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks (2019-present))
Sister channels
Launched May 1, 2002; 20 years ago (2002-05-01)
Former names Nicktoons TV (2002–03)
Nicktoons Network (2005–09)
Available on most cable providers Channel slots vary on each provider
Dish Network Channel 178 (SD)
DirecTV Channel 302 (SD)
Astro USA Channel 620 (HD) (Coming Soon)
Charter Spectrum Channel 262 (HD)
Channel 302 (HD)
Verizon FiOS Channel 254 (SD)
Channel 754 (HD)
AT&T U-Verse Channel 318 (SD)
Channel 1318 (HD)
Streaming media
Sling TV, Philo

Nicktoons (also known as Nicktoons Network) is an American pay television channel owned by ViacomCBS through its domestic networks division and its Nickelodeon Networks division. Geared towards children aged 7–14, 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 September 2018, approximately 56.9 million American households (51.3% of households with television) received Nicktoons.


Nicktoons has aired pretty much all of Nickelodeon series since launch. Despite its name, the channel does not exclusively air Nicktoons. The channel also airs some of Nickelodeon's live action series, such as The Thundermans and Henry Danger. Due to Nickelodeon moving a lot of newer content to the channel, all the older Nicktoons, such as Hey Arnold! and The Ren and Stimpy Show, were removed from the schedule. However, Rugrats aired on the channel occasionally. As of August 2020, the Nicktoons series that still remain are mostly more modern content, along with reruns of SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents.


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 inaugurated that year. The block presented mainly licensed programming focusing on sports, including the Rob Dyrdek-starring Wild Grinders and NFL Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core, SpongeBob SquarePants along with sports-related feature films such as Bend It Like Beckham, Cool Runnings, and Space Jam. Sometime in 2015, the block was moved to a Friday prime time slot. The block ended in September 2018.

International versions

Current channels

  • UK and Ireland – launched on July 22, 2002
  • Netherlands – launched in 2007
  • Germany – launched in March 2010
  • Africa – launched on September 30, 2014
  • Scandinavia – launched in 2017
  • Arabia – launched on February 15, 2017
  • Turkey – launched on February 20, 2017
  • Russia – launched in December 2018
  • Poland – launched on 15 February 2018
  • Hungary and Romania – launched on 15 April 2019
  • Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Albania - launched on 14 July 2020

Defunct feeds

  • France – launched on January 1, 2003 as a programming block on Canal J, rebranded as N-Toons on October 21, 2011 and closed down on July 31, 2015
  • Latin America – launched on February 4, 2013 and closed down in late 2020, being replaced in major cable providers by the US feed of NickMusic

Nick HD+

Nick HD+ is the Indian Pay TV channel that airs many Nickelodeon animated series from Nickelodeon Animation Studio. It airs all the Nicktoons programming and similar to Nicktoons channel. More than 40 of the Nickelodeon animated series were available on Voot streaming service.


From 2006 until 2009, Nicktoons Network used a robot mascot in bumpers and advertisements for the channel. 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." ACOW was prominently featured on the website and was used as part of the "Nicktoons Network: Animation Capital of the World" logo. Several similar-looking eyeball-based characters were seen in promos for the network.

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