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|Launched||October 17, 1997|
|Owned by||Teletoon Canada Inc.
(Corus Entertainment – 50%
The Family Channel Inc. (in blind trust) – 50%)
(purchase of remaining 50% by Corus pending)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Sister channel(s)||Télétoon (French)
Teletoon Retro (English)
Télétoon Rétro (French)
|Bell TV||Channel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
Channel 1653 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 544/171 (East)
Channel 545/172 (West)
Channel 72 / 572 (HD)
|Available on most Canadian cable systems.||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|FibreOP||Channel 254 (SD)
Channel 502 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 554 (East)
Channel 555 (West)
|MTS||Channel 151 (East)
Channel 152 (West)
|Optik TV||Channel 85 (East)
Channel 73 (West)
Channel 701 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 90 (East)
Channel 95 (West)
Teletoon is a Canadian Category A specialty channel that broadcasts animated programming. The channel is owned by Teletoon Canada Inc., which is 50% owned by Corus Entertainment and 50% controlled by a blind trust (the interest previously owned by Astral Media). Astral's interest in Teletoon is among the properties Bell Media agreed to sell in order to complete its acquisition of Astral. Corus had already agreed to purchase Astral's interest in Teletoon (contingent on completion of the Bell-Astral transaction); this purchase is now pending separate Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval.
Its name is a portmanteau of television and cartoon and has no connection with the television channel in France of a similar name. The network primarily airs various animated series, including both original and imported content; its daytime programming is aimed at children and younger teenagers, while nighttime shows are targeted at older teenagers and adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Teletoon operates two timeshift feeds, running on Eastern and Pacific Time Zone schedules.
Licensed in 1996 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel was launched on October 17, 1997 with the first episode of Caillou and the slogan The Animation Station. It was owned by a consortium made up of various other Canadian specialty services and producers; The Family Channel Inc. acting as managing partner at 53.3% (Astral Media and Western International Communications), YTV Canada Inc. at 26.7% (Shaw Communications), and Cinar and Nelvana with 10% each. Through various acquisitions over the years, ownership resulted in Astral Media and Corus Entertainment each owning a 50% stake in the service.
When Teletoon was launched in 1997, it showed more mature fare as the day progressed, with a strong commitment to air diverse and international programming, and the ability to air a great majority of material uncut. A typical broadcast day started with preschool content at 7:00 a.m. EST and ended with adult content after midnight, airing more adult cartoons such as Duckman and various anime programs (although those are no longer aired on the channel).
In its second year, Teletoon was supposed to air the cult favourite series, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast, and had the show referenced in many promotional materials. However, despite being printed in television listings for weeks, the show was never aired on the channel. In 2004, the channel began airing that show's spin-off, The Brak Show. Space Ghost began airing in the fall of 2006.
In 1999, Teletoon started airing bumpers with its first mascot, Teletina and changed its slogan to It's Unreal! These bumpers were made by Spin Productions in Toronto. Several more bumpers using CGI animation with some made by Guru Studio premiered on the channel in 2001. The bumpers were removed in 2007 as part of an on-air rebranding.
On February 5, 2007, Teletoon's on-air appearance and its website were dramatically changed, the website for The Detour block was moved to teletoon.com, and the aesthetic appearance of both the normal block and The Detour changed. The channel also removed its slogan.
Teletoon was involved in controversy when, on December 8, 2007, the channel aired Team America: World Police with viewer advisories that the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council considered to not adequately describe the sexual content and violence within the film.
On September 6, 2011, Teletoon's on-air branding changed to reflect the 50th anniversary of one of its owners, Astral Media, and to reflect the transition of the digital television. Its most recent slogan was also restored. Teletoon Retro and the Teletoon at Night block had their on-air appearance unchanged.
On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment announced that it would acquire Astral Media's 50% ownership interest in Teletoon, Télétoon, Teletoon Retro (English and French) and Cartoon Network. The purchase is in relation to Bell Media's takeover of Astral (which had earlier been rejected by the CRTC in October 2012, but was restructured to allow the sale of certain Astral Media properties in order to allow the purchase to clear regulatory hurdles). Corus's purchase was cleared by the Competition Bureau two weeks later on March 18, but must still be separately approved by the CRTC.
Teletoon predominantly airs animated television series with occasional films broadcast through its programming block, Teletoon Presents. Some of its series come from the equivalent Cartoon Network from the United States (which itself carries several Canadian animated series such as the Total Drama World Tour series franchise). Teletoon's licence requires that 90% of all programs on the network be animated (151.2 hours per week). The network airs non-animated stunt programming, usually movies, but the channel can only do so for 16.8 hours per week, or 2.4 hours per day.
Teletoon has been involved in the production of numerous original series. Almost all of these are animated, and a few were later produced with the involvement of and aired on another channel, Treehouse TV, instead of Teletoon.
The French-language version of Teletoon contains a different schedule of programs than the English-language version, some being French-dubbed versions of well-known television shows, such as South Park.
- Big Ticket Movies - This block airs one or two movies
- Long Live Saturdays – This block airs on Saturday mornings, and includes shows such as Jimmy Two-Shoes, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and Johnny Test.
- Can't Miss Thursdays – This block airs on Thursday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET, and includes shows such as Adventure Time, 'Rocket Monkeys, Dragons: Riders of Berk, Mudpit, Just Kidding, and Total Drama.
- Superfan Friday – Superfan Friday is a two-hour block that runs on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The first hour consists of animated series featuring superheroes from DC Comics and the second hour features animated series with characters featured in Marvel Comics including Batman: Brave and the Bold, Justice League and back-to-back episodes of Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. The block's content overlaps with the Sunday Action Force lineup.
- Teletoon at Night – Teletoon at Night is an animated programming block targeted towards teen and adult audiences, which airs nightly from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. ET/PT. It was launched in September 2002 as "The Detour on Teletoon", which remained the title of the block until September 1, 2008 when it was renamed "Teletoon Detour". The block was renamed once again in September 2009 to the current "Teletoon at Night". Its French programming block counterpart, Télétoon la nuit, airs on the Francophone Télétoon channel. Programs that air during this block include Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad, Robot Chicken and The Dating Guy.
- Camp Teletoon – The Camp Teletoon block replaces morning programming during the summer vacation period from July to August, containing some of the channel's popular programs, and daily movies. However, in the summer of 2009, Camp Teletoon was placed on hiatus, with Laugh Riot taking its place. The block returned in the summer of 2012, now airing weeknights from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m. ET.
- Cartoon Network on Teletoon – This block features series from the Canadian Cartoon Network channel. It first ran from May to June 2012 as the Saturday morning block "Cartoon Network Sneak Peak" before the channel's launch, and returned in April 2013 as the Wednesday night block "Cartoon Network Takeover".
- MOREvember - This block features series marathon and sneak peak of series during the month of November, some of these series come from the Canadian Cartoon Network.
- Original blocks – In 1997, Teletoon chose a different style of animation for each block. Each blocks were represented as planets: Claymation for Pre-School (4 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Cel animation for Kids (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Collage for Family (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Paper mache for Adult (9 p.m. to 4 a.m.). Each block's bumpers were made by Cuppa Coffee Studio.
- Teletoon Unleashed - Launched in 2000, Teletoon Unleashed is a teen and adult-oriented block of the channel; it co-existed with The Detour On Teletoon until the block merged with it in 2004.
- Teletoon Kapow! – Launched in September 2003, Kapow! was an action block, which featured the shows Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spider Riders, MegaMan NT Warrior and The Batman. Kapow! was usually shown on weekend mornings in large blocks, although it did air in smaller blocks during the weekdays. The block was removed and replaced by Spin Cycle in September 2006. Sunday morning programming is still devoted to action-oriented series. Teletoon Kapow! was used as the Canadian Cartoon Network channel license.
- Spin Cycle – Spin Cycle was created in September 2006 to replace the Kapow! block, airing weeknights from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. ET. After a short absence in January 2007, it returned after the channel's February 5 rebrand; Spin Cycle became a 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. block on Fridays only. This time, the block featured different programming every week, such as episodes of specific programming and re-airings of the premiere specials of some shows. On September 3, 2007, Spin Cycle began airing every weekday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with different shows everyday. Throughout the week, viewers could vote online on the Teletoon website to pick one show that would air during the Spin Cycle block. Once a month, five viewers each got to choose the shows for an entire weekday afternoon.
- Laugh Riot – The Laugh Riot block aired weekday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET and on Saturday mornings. It aired shows such as Out of Jimmy's Head, Chowder, and Jimmy Two-Shoes.
- 3 Hours of Awesome – The 3 Hours of Awesome block aired on Monday through Thursdays and Sunday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET. On Thursdays, it was called "3 Hours of Really Really Really Awesome" and later "Extra Awesome Thursdays". It aired new episodes of Johnny Test, Jimmy Two-Shoes, Stoked, Total Drama, Majority Rules! and 6teen.On March 2011, the block fully moved to Sunday.
- Teletoon Retro – Teletoon Retro was the brand for Teletoon's blocks of classic animated programming. In Fall 2007, a digital channel under the same name was launched, featuring classic animated programs.
- Action Force – The Action Force block aired on weekdays starting at 4:00 p.m. ET, and on Sunday mornings/afternoons. It featured action series such as The Secret Saturdays, Bakugan, Chop Socky Chooks, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Loonatics Unleashed, Wolverine and the X-Men, Johnny Test, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Chaotic, The Super Hero Squad Show and The Spectacular Spider-Man. New additions included Generator Rex, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades, Hot Wheels Battle Force 5, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders. The block fully moved to Sunday.
On April 18, 2012, Teletoon launched a high definition feed called Teletoon HD, which simulcasts the east coast standard definition feed. It is available through EastLink, Cogeco Cable, Bell TV, Telus Optik TV and Rogers Cable.
Teletoon On Demand
Teletoon On Demand is a video-on-demand channel featuring series from Teletoon.
Teletoon Retro is a Category B digital cable and satellite channel that debuted in Fall 2007, and was named after a program block featuring classic animated series; shows included on the Teletoon Retro channel have included such shows as The Tom and Jerry Show, The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, The Raccoons, The Jetsons, The Pink Panther and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.Inspector Gadget
Télétoon and Télétoon Rétro are the French counterparts to Teletoon and Teletoon Retro.
- Télétoon (Canada)
- Teletoon Retro
- Télétoon Rétro
- Adult Swim (Canada)
- Cartoon Network (Canada)
- Disney Junior (English Canada)
- Disney Junior (French Canada)
- Disney XD (Canada)
- Nickelodeon (Canada)
- Treehouse TV
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