Nickelodeon Splat logo (1996)
Launched December 1, 1977; 40 years ago
Owned by Viacom
Picture format
  • 480i (4:3 SDTV)
  • 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters New York City, New York, United States
Formerly called Pinwheel (1977–1979)
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service Nick 2 East/West
Availability (channel space shared with Nick at Nite)
  • 299 (East, HD/SD)
  • 300 (West, SD)
  • 1300 (VOD)
Dish Network
  • 170 (East, HD/SD)
  • 171 (West, SD)
C band
  • AMC 11 - Channel 64 (West) (4DTV Digital)
  • 305 (SD/HD)
Available on most cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
Verizon FiOS
  • 252 SD East
  • 253 Nick 2 SD West
  • 752 HD
AT&T U-verse
  • 314 (East, SD)
  • 316 (Nick 2 Western, SD)
  • 1314 (East, HD)
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Streaming media
DirecTV Now Internet Protocol television

Nickelodeon (often shortened to Nick) is an American basic cable and satellite television network launched on December 1, 1977 as the first cable channel for children. It is owned by Viacom through its Viacom Media Networks division's Nickelodeon Group unit and is based in New York City. The channel is primarily aimed at children and adolescents aged 2–17.

The channel was originally founded as Pinwheel on December 1, 1977. Pinwheel was at the time only available on QUBE, which was the first two-way major market interactive cable television system, owned by Warner Cable. Pinwheel relaunched as Nickelodeon on April 1, 1979, and expanded to other cable providers nationwide. The channel was initially commercial-free and remained without advertising until 1984.[5] Warner sold Nickelodeon, along with its sister networks MTV and VH1, to Viacom in 1986.

As of January 2016, the channel is available to about 92.056 million households (79.086% of households with TV) in the United States.