Cartoon Network Too

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Cartoon Network Too
Cartoon Network Too 2012.svg
Launched 24 April 2006
Closed 1 April 2014
Owned by Turner Broadcasting System Europe
(Time Warner)
Picture format 576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV)
Audience share 0.1% (November 2012, BARB)
Country United Kingdom
Ireland
Malta
Language English
Broadcast area United Kingdom, Ireland & Malta[1]
Headquarters Turner House,
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom[2]
Replaced Cartoon Network +1
Replaced by Cartoon Network +1
Sister channel(s) Cartoon Network
Boomerang
Cartoonito
TCM
CNN International
Website http://www.cntoo.co.uk/ (closed)
Availability (At time of closure)
Satellite
Sky Channel 602
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 705
UPC Ireland Channel 617
UPC Polska Channel 680
WightFibre Channel 56
IPTV
TalkTalk Plus TV Channel 326

Cartoon Network Too (trademarked Cartoon Network TOO, abbreviated CN Too) was a British television channel owned by Turner Broadcasting System Europe. Cartoon Network Too was the sister station of Cartoon Network, and it often aired programmes a while after they were shown on the main Cartoon Network.[3] During the daytime, it aired some action-adventure programming such as Ben 10: Alien Force and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. During overnight hours, usually between midnight and 06:00, it aired some shows which were no longer being produced, and were no longer in high demand, such as Skatoony.

On 1 April 2014, Cartoon Network Too was replaced with a relaunched Cartoon Network +1.[4]

History[edit]

2006–2007: Launch and early years[edit]

On 24 April 2006, Cartoon Network Too was launched on Sky. It also became available on SCTV Digital when that service became available in 2006, along with the main Cartoon Network Channel and Boomerang. The channel aired from 03:00 to 19:00, sharing a broadcast frequency with TCM 2, a UK-only spin-off station from TCM (although the two channels have separate channel numbers).

During its early months, CN TOO broadcast cartoons primarily made by Hanna-Barbera such as Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Wacky Races and Cow & Chicken.[5][6] It also showed cartoons such as Ed, Edd n Eddy, The Cramp Twins and Courage the Cowardly Dog.

"Modern classics"[edit]

Within a few months of broadcasting, the channel relaunched itself into a "modern classic" programming channel with shows like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, also shown on Boomerang, appearing alongside Cartoon Network shows from the recent past.

2007–2014: CN Too as a 24 hour channel[edit]

On 23 May 2007 at 19:00, the old version of the channel closed for the last time. Then, on 24 May 2007 at 03:00, Toonami was shut down permanently and CN Too was moved into Toonami's slot, allowing a full Cartoonito channel to launch in CN Too's original timeshared-with-TCM2 slot, expand into the full former-CN TOO schedule (thus expanding Cartoonito from 9 hours a day to 16 hours a day). Viewers of Toonami were given three weeks of notice before Turner took the channel off air. CN Too was in the process moved to Toonami's former slot on Sky Digital channel 602 and was launched on Virgin Media channel 732, again replacing Toonami.

Cartoonito more recently changed its broadcast hours to 04:00 until 20:00, following a one-hour shift in the time-split arrangement with TCM 2.

The US version of Toonami stayed on air until 20 September 2008.

In June 2007, Cartoon Network Too became available on Top Up TV Anytime, which is a video-on-demand service. However, on 2 June 2009 it was removed, but the main Cartoon Network channel continues to be accessible via Top Up TV Anytime. In June 2010, CN Too was removed from SCTV Digital as a result of that service going into administration. On 16 May 2012, CN Too's logo was changed in line with the already updated main Cartoon Network logo, retaining its "eyes" motif that the network has used since 2006. At the same time, it now targets a slightly older audience. It now focuses on action-adventure programming and all modern classic programming will move to Boomerang in the near future. Modern classic programming had begun to be removed from CN Too in favour of action-adventure programming, and by 16 May 2012 all modern classic programming had been removed. The remaining 4:3 shows were converted to 16:9 as well.

The network was closed on 1 April 2014, replaced with a +1 timeshift of Cartoon Network. The CN Too website remained online explaining the change for a few days before redirecting to a Turner placeholder image.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pan-European Opportunity: Cartoon Network". Turner Media Innovations. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Company Information". Turner Broadcasting System Europe. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "New look for Turner channels". Toy News Online. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Overnights.tv News". Overnights.tv. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Timeline: Turner Broadcasting System Europe LTD". Turner Broadcasting System Europe. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Turner fights ITV and BBC with launch plans". Campaign. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 

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