Nicktoons logo 2009-0
Launched May 1, 2002; 14 years ago (2002-05-01)
Network Nickelodeon
Owned by Viacom Media Networks


Picture format 480p SDTV (2002–present)

1080p HDTV (2013–present)

Slogan Big Stars, Animated
Country United States
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters New York City, New York
Formerly called Nicktoons TV (2002–2003)

Nicktoons (2003–2005, name revived in 2009)

Nicktoons Network (2005–2009)

Sister channel(s)


Nick at Nite

Nick Jr.



The N

DirecTV 302 (SD)
Dish Network 178 (SD)
Available on most cable providers Check local listings for details
Verizon FiOS 754 (HD)

254 (SD)

AT&T U-Verse 1318 (HD)

318 (SD)

Streaming media
Sling TV Internet Protocol television
PlayStation Vue Internet Protocol television

Nicktoons is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Viacom Kids & Family Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom. The channel broadcasts original animated series from sister network Nickelodeon, known as Nicktoons, along with other original animated series and foreign animated programs from Nickelodeon's international networks 24 hours a day.

As of February 2015, approximately 66.5 million American households (57.2% of households with television) receive Nicktoons.


Nicktoons was launched on May 1, 2002, as Nicktoons TV, part of the digital cable-exclusive MTV Digital Suite, in order to entice cable operators to pick up the network and give them a marketing advantage over satellite services. However, by early 2004, Nickelodeon management changed course and offered it to digital satellite services DirecTV and Dish Network. The network was originally marketed as commercial-free, with comedic promos involving Nickelodeon Animation Studios, two-minute cartoon shorts from foreign markets, and former program promotions which had previously been used on Nickelodeon taking up commercial time. By June 6, 2005, as the network's distribution increased, the network began airing regular advertising.

On September 28, 2009, the network's logo changed. In conjunction with this, the "Network" identifier was dropped, leaving the network to be rebranded as Nicktoons for the second time.

An HD feed was launched on August 13, 2013, and is available on several providers. Like Viacom's other HD channels, any programming produced in 4:3 SD is pillarboxed on this feed. As the network has blended in more Nickelodeon programming into its schedule, the Nicktoons website was sunsetted, recommending viewers go to instead.


Doug (August 11, 1991 – present)

Rugrats (August 11, 1991 – present)

Ren and Stimpy (August 11, 1991 – present)

Rocko's Modern Life (September 18, 1993 – present)

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (October 29, 1994 – present)

Schoolhouse Rock (January 1, 1995 – present)

Hey Arnold! (October 7, 1996 – present)

KaBlam! (October 7, 1996 – present)

The Angry Beavers (April 19, 1997 – present)

CatDog (April 4, 1998 – present)

Oh Yeah! Cartoons (July 17, 1998 – present)

The Wild Thornberrys (September 1, 1998 – present)

SpongeBob SquarePants (May 1, 1999 – present)

Rocket Power (August 16, 1999 – present)

As Told by Ginger (October 25, 2000 – present)

The Fairly OddParents (March 30, 2001 – present)

Invader Zim (March 30, 2001 – present)

ChalkZone (March 22, 2002 – present)

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (July 20, 2002 – present)

All Grown Up! (April 12, 2003 – present)

My Life as a Teenage Robot (August 1, 2003 – present)

Danny Phantom (April 3, 2004 – present)

Avatar: The Last Airbender (February 21, 2005 – present)

Catscratch (July 9, 2005 – present)

The X's (November 25, 2005 – present)

El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera (March 3, 2007 – present)

Back at the Barnyard (September 29, 2007 – present)

International versionsEdit

Nicktoons was launched in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2002; although, unlike the United States version, it has been an advertiser-supported channel since its launch. Also unlike the U.S. version, it does not broadcast 24 hours a day. There are also other Nicktoons channels in Flanders, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain replacing Nick Premium. A Latin America version of Nicktoons was launched on February 4, 2013. An Africa version of Nicktoons was launched on September 30, 2014 along with Nick Jr.

See alsoEdit

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