Cartoon Network (Spain)
|Launched||August 23, 1999|
|Closed||July 1, 2013|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Spain (WarnerMedia)|
|Picture format||4:3 SDTV|
Secondary audio feed: English or Catalan (on certain programmes)
|Headquarters||Turner House, |
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom
Cartoon Network was a Spanish television channel operated by Turner Broadcasting System Spain. Being a version of the American television channel of the same name, the channel's programmes were mostly consisted of original productions from Cartoon Network and fellow WarnerMedia company Warner Bros., but it also broadcast other American and international productions.
In 1993, Cartoon Network had a single European signal distributed via the Astra satellite, and already had five audios in different languages. On March 4, 1994 (although Turner initially said it would happen before the end of 1993) the sixth language of the channel was incorporated: Spanish. Later, the channel was also incorporated into Spanish cable networks. In 1997, Canal Satélite Digital signed an agreement with Time Warner in which, apart from obtaining rights from the production company, it also benefited from the entry of Cartoon Network and TNT in its offer. The channel was broadcast in the majority of pay TV companies, in some including the Cartoon Network +1 channel, with the same programming, but one hour later. In addition, a magazine called Cartoon Network Magazine was published, but it did not manage the channel, since the license belonged to another owner.
Channel closure and start as a block
Turner Broadcasting System Europe announced on June 14, 2013 that Cartoon Network and Cartoonito would cease broadcasting in Spain on June 30, 2013. On June 20, it was published on the blog of the Cartoon Network website the cessation of its television broadcasts, but noting that the website would remain active, as it came to have a television on demand (VOD) service for tablets, smart phones or televisions connected to the Internet in which you can watch the series and content of the channel. It was also explained that these contents would also be available on the channel's website, and that Turner would increase its presence in Boing, the children's thematic channel of the audiovisual group Mediaset España Comunicación, with which it has a joint venture in the aforementioned station.
Shortly before midnight on July 1, 2013, the channel ceased broadcasting in Spain after 20 years of broadcasting and its last broadcast was Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The channel, from that moment, displayed a filler ident and then shortly after, each operator that distributed the signal, a few minutes later put a sign informing customers that the channel stopped broadcasting in Spain. Months later, at the end of August, the channel Boing announced that from September 14 every weekend the station would broadcast a block of content called "Findes Cartoon Network" which would broadcast new episodes of Adventure Time and new episodes of Regular Show from 10:30.
- "Cartoon Network leaves Spanish pay-TV". RapidTVNews. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Cartoon Network (Spain)". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- Official website (in Spanish)