|Launched||November 2, 2009|
|Owned by||Corus Entertainment
(branding licensed from Viacom)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
Disney La Chaîne
|Bell TV||Channel 559 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 550 (SD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|FibreOP||Channel 256 (SD)|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 559 (SD) Channel 1559 (HD)|
|MTS||Channel 253 (SD)
Channel 1253 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 9614 (SD)
Channel 614 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 92 (SD)|
Nickelodeon, commonly known as Nick, is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel based on the U.S. cable network of the same name. It is wholly owned by Corus Entertainment, with its name licensed from Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom.
As with its counterparts in the U.S. and elsewhere, Nickelodeon airs programs aimed at children and young teenagers. YTV and Treehouse TV, have also carried Nick programs for many years, under output agreements with Viacom. They continue to do so, since they have near-universal coverage across Canada on basic analogue cable, whereas Nickelodeon is limited to digital distribution.
This is the second Viacom-branded channel to be owned by Corus; the companies also partner on CMT Canada.
The channel was launched on November 2, 2009 at 6AM using the "YTV OneWorld" license, granted to Corus by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in September 2008. Jacob Two-Two was the first show broadcast. On the day of the channel's launch, Discovery Kids (which Corus also owned) was shut down and replaced by Nickelodeon on most cable and satellite providers. Because it is legally a distinct service, cable and satellite companies had to reach new agreements with Corus in order to carry Nickelodeon, as Discovery Kids operated under a different license.
On April 9, 2013, Telus Optik TV launched Nickelodeon HD, a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. It would later launch on June 25, 2013 for Rogers Cable and added to Bell Fibe TV's service on October 25, 2013. On September 22, 2015, Corus announced the launch of NickGO, an app that allows viewers to watch the channel live, as well as stream shows from its American counterpart. The app is currently available for iOS and Android platforms, but requires a subscription to Nickelodeon from a cable or satellite provider.
In addition to shows currently airing on its U.S counterpart, Nickelodeon also airs several classic series (such as The Ren & Stimpy Show, Kenan & Kel, and Little Bill) in weekend marathons and graveyard slots. In addition, during the daytime hours, Nick carries a Nick Jr.-branded block of preschool programming. To fulfill Canadian content requirements, the channel also airs series sourced from Corus' other kids channels.
- Nickelodeon Canada set to launch; Media in Canada; 2009-09-29
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-257, September 18, 2008
- "Corus shuttering Discovery Kids, will re-brand Sex TV and Drive-In Classics channels", CARTT.ca, September 29, 2009
- "Corus Launches YTV, Nick Apps", Animation Magazine, September 22, 2015