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|Launched||December 5, 1996|
(NOS, AMC Iberia)
|Picture format||16:9 (576i, SDTV)|
|Audience share||1.5% (Week 10 '14, )|
|Slogan||Canal Panda é fixe!
(Canal Panda is cool!)
|Formerly called||Panda Club (1996–1997)|
Canal Panda is a Portuguese basic cable and satellite television channel, which was the first cable channel dedicated to children's programming, mostly animated series. The channel was founded in 1996 as Panda Club in Spain and Portugal, but the name was changed to Canal Panda in 1997. In 2000, the channel left Spain, thus concentrating efforts on the Portuguese market. The mascot is in fact a panda, hence the name.
The channel launched on 1 April 1996, as Panda Club, owned by ABC subsidiary Television Program Services, later Multicanal TPS.
Within a year, the channel rebranded to its current name.
In 2000, the channel left Spain, thus concentrating on the Portuguese market. The channel started airing local content made for the channel, mostly during breaks. Since 2008, it has started airing in Angola and Mozambique.
For their thirteenth anniversary in 2009, Canal Panda launched Panda Biggs, a channel which broadcasts anime and archived programmes from Canal Panda and is aimed at teenagers and young people.
In 2011, Chello Multicanal relaunched the channel for Spanish pay-TV. Then, Movistar TV (IPTV) reached an agreement to carry the channel from 1 March.
On July 6, 2015, the channel rebranded, unifying the Spanish and Portuguese feeds visually, with a new logo. The new look was designed by Spanish company Sopa de Sobre.