Qubo facts for kids
|Launched||September 6, 2006
(as program block on NBC and Telemundo)
January 8, 2007
(as a digital subchannel)
|Owned by||Ion Television
through Ion Media Networks
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Where Good Fun Begins!|
(via OTA digital television)
|Headquarters||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Sister channel(s)||Ion Television
|Qubo Channel available on Ion Television owned-and-operated stations and selected affiliates||Varies; usually carried on the second digital subchannel|
|DirecTV||Channel 306 (available only from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern)|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 246|
|Available on other select U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider or program listings or channel availability|
|Sky Angel||Channel 307|
|Time Warner Cable||Channel 155|
Qubo (// KEW-boh stylized as qubo) is an American multiplatform children's entertainment service. It is operated by Ion Media Networks. It includes a 24-hour digital television channel/subchannel, a video on demand service, and a weekly programming block on parent network Ion Television under the name "Qubo Kids Corner".
Qubo was first developed in May 2006. It was developed by Ion Media Networks, Corus Entertainment, Scholastic Corporation, Classic Media, and NBCUniversal. It was to be a "building block for kids" (as stated by president Rick Rodriquez). The brand would have programming blocks on NBC, Telemundo, and Ion Television, a video on demand service, a website, and a 24-hour standalone channel carried as a digital subchannel on Ion's local affiliates.
The brand offically launched on separate dates;
- September 9, 2006 - Qubo launched as blocks on NBC and Telemundo
- September 15, 2006 - is launched as afternoon block on Ion Television
- December 2006 - Spanish-language website is launched.
- January 8, 2007 - is launched as a television channel, Qubo Channel
On March 28, 2012, it was announced that the Qubo blocks would end (NBC and Telemundo) in favor of NBC Kids and MiTelemundo (both programmed by Sprout). The Ion block moving to Sunday mornings under the Qubo Kids Corner banner.
When your children watch Qubo, not only are they being entertained, they are also being exposed to positive messages that promote literacy, reinforce timeless values, and convey relatable life lessons. Qubo's programming is rated TV-Y, TV-Y7, or TVG. The majority of Qubo's programming carries the "E/I" icon, denoting that the shows are "educational and/or informational."
– Qubo Remit
Qubo has archived programming from the libraries of Corus Entertainment, DreamWorks Classics, and Scholastic Corporation, with its seires targeted at 2-11 year olds. There was an early promise that the channel would produce new series and a program block each year. However, Qubo only produced one original series; the animated Turbo Dogs, which ran from 2007 to 2008.
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