Cartoon Network Too
|Cartoon Network Too|
|Launched||24 April 2006|
|Closed||1 April 2014 (replaced by timeshift of Cartoon Network)|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Europe
|Picture format||576i (16:9/4:3) (SDTV)|
|Audience share||0.1% (November 2012, BARB)|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom, Ireland & Malta|
Great Marlborough Street,
London, United Kingdom
|Replaced||Cartoon Network +1|
|Replaced by||Cartoon Network +1|
|Sister channel(s)||Cartoon Network
Availability (At time of closure)
|Virgin Media||Channel 705|
|UPC Ireland||Channel 617|
|UPC Polska||Channel 680|
|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. 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.
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2006–2007: Launch and early years
On 24 April 2006, Cartoon Network Too was launched on Sky. The channel launched at 10:15 AM with Dexter's Laboratory being the first program to air, followed by Cow and Chicken at 10:30, and Wacky Races at 11:00. 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, Cartoon Network Too broadcast cartoons primarily made by Hanna-Barbera such as Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Wacky Races and Cow & Chicken. It also showed cartoons such as Ed, Edd n Eddy, The Cramp Twins and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
Within a few months of starting to broadcast, 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: Cartoon Network Too as a 24-hour channel
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 Cartoon Network Too was moved into Toonami's slot, allowing a full Cartoonito channel to launch in Cartoon Network Too's original timeshared-with-TCM2 slot, expand into the full former-Cartoon Network Too schedule (thus expanding Cartoonito from 9 hours a day to 16 hours a day). Viewers of Toonami were given three weeks notice before Turner took the channel off air. Cartoon Network Too was moved to Toonami's former slot on Sky Digital channel 602 and was launched on Virgin Media channel 732, again replacing Toonami.
Cartoonito 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, Cartoon Network Too was removed from SCTV Digital as a result of that service going into administration. On 16 May 2012, Cartoon Network 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 Cartoon Network 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 Cartoon Network Too website remained online explaining the change for a few days before redirecting to a placeholder image of the Turner logo. it then later redirected to the official Cartoon Network UK website and after that a 403 error. Today the site now links to Microsoft's IIS service.
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