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Pop (UK TV channel) logo.png
The current logo, used since 2015.
Country United Kingdom
Network Sony
Language(s) English
Picture format 576i SDTV
Timeshift service Pop +1
Owner Sony Pictures Television
Sister channels Pop Max
Tiny Pop
Sony Channel
Sony Movies
Sony Movies Action
Sony Movies Classic
Launched 1 October 2002; 20 years ago (1 October 2002)
Former names Toons & Tunes (2002-2003)
Freeview Channel 206
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 736
WightFibre Channel 100
Freesat Channel 603
Channel 606 (+1)
Sky Channel 614
Channel 619 (+1)
Astra 2F
11307 V 27500 5/6
11307 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

Pop (stylised as POP) is a British free-to-air children's television channel owned by Sony Pictures Television. Its target audience is 4 to 9-year-old children.


The channel sources its programming from multiple independent studios.

Current programming

Former programming



On 20 March 2014, Pop was launched on Freeview. Prior to April 2016, Pop was only available in areas where there is a local TV channel. On 1 April 2016, Pop moved to a wider coverage nationwide freeview mix, becoming available to over 90% of the country. The capacity vacated by Pop on the local multiplex was used to transmit Kix from 7 April 2016. Pop +1 moved to LCN channel 128, to release 127 for use by Kix, but was otherwise unaffected, continuing to broadcast locally to Manchester only.


Pop programming in addition to content from sister channels POP MAX and Tiny POP are available to stream on demand from the free TV service and mobile app POP Player and the website named POP FUN! which is available on Chrome and Safari.

Related services

Pop +1

A time shift feed called Pop +1 was available until 2008, when it was replaced by Kix!; in turn, that network's +1 feed was discontinued on 14 July 2014 with Pop +1's return.

International versions

On 4 May 2017, Sony Pictures Television Networks launched an Italian version of Pop as their first Italian free-to-air offering, with a similar line-up of programming to the UK channel. The network closed alongside its sister channel Cine Sony on 11 July 2019, after Mediaset purchased both network slots from Sony. Pop's old slot would be used for Boing Plus.

The Pakistani version of Pop is operated by Edutainment (Pty.) Ltd. under the license of Sony Pictures Television.

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