Nickelodeon (Japan)

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Nickelodeon (Japan)
Nickelodeon logo new.svg
Launched November 15, 1998; 17 years ago (1998-11-15)
Closed September 30, 2009; 6 years ago (2009-09-30)
Owned by Viacom Networks Japan K.K. (Viacom)
Picture format red with saying Nickelodeon
Country Japan
Language Japanese language
Broadcast area Japan
Headquarters Japan
The logo of the Animax NickTime block

Nickelodeon was a Japanese television channel for children, teens and adults. Started on November 1998 as a cable and satellite TV channel, Viacom attempted to bring their Nickelodeon brand to the Japanese market. However, due to declining viewership, the television network was on September 30, 2009. It was once thought that the network had been shut down abruptly during a SpongeBob SquarePants bumper, however this has been proven false. [1][2][3] After the network's closure, some programs were moved to other pay channels (including MTV Japan), DTH satellite channels and terrestrial networks. New programs made their national television premiere on other channels. For example, The Penguins of Madagascar made its debut on NHK Educational Television on April 4, 2010. The official website is still online, with program information, flash games, goods, etc.

Nickelodeon's programs were then broadcast on Animax in Japan under a television block titled "NickTime", starting with SpongeBob SquarePants from September 1, 2010.[4]

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