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Pop
Pop (UK TV channel) logo.png
Logo since 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
Ireland
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format576i SDTV
Timeshift servicePop +1
Ownership
OwnerCSC Media Group (2003-2014)
Sony Pictures Entertainment (2014-2021)
Narrative Entertainment UK Limited (2021-present)
Sister channelsPop Max
Tiny Pop
Great! TV
Great! Movies
Great! Movies Action
Great! Movies Classic
History
Launched29 May 2003; 19 years ago (29 May 2003)
Former namesToons & Tunes (2003)
Links
Websitepopfun.co.uk
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 206
Channel 208 (Pop Player)
Streaming media
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Pop (stylised as POP) is a British free-to-air children's television channel owned by Narrative Entertainment UK Limited.[1] Its target audience is 6 to 10-year old children.[1]

History[edit]

Pop was originally launched on 29 May 2003 by Chart Show Channels as Toons & Tunes.[2] Toons and Tunes was then later rebranded as Pop following its test transmissions.

In Pop's early years, links were presented by Rorry, a lime green dragon with a Scottish accent, who was animated live. He was accompanied by Purrdy, a dragon/cat hybrid who also appeared in the original Tricky programme on ITV,[3] it was sometimes followed by a programme known as "The Cheeky Monkey Show" which features the live links of the animated coloured monkeys known as "The Cheeky Monkeys," that was later known by appearing on its sister channel Tiny Pop until its retirement at the end of June 2009.

Originally, the network focused on music videos, with animated programming also part of the schedule, but with the numerous music video network options on British television at the time, this focus was quickly abandoned in 2004, when the animated content became much more prominent. Music videos continued to be carried on and off until 2010, before eventually being abandoned entirely.[citation needed]

In September 2020, Pop changed its on-air identity,[4] and on the same day, Pokemon Journeys: The Series[5] and Bakugan: Armored Alliance[4] made their debut.

Programming[edit]

The channel sources its programming from multiple independent studios.

Current programming[edit]

Original programming[edit]

  • Swipe It! with Joe Tasker[6]

Acquired programming[edit]

Pop Player exclusive programming[edit]

Films & Specials[edit]

Upcoming programming[edit]

Original programming[edit]

Acquired programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]

Availability[edit]

Freeview[edit]

On 20 March 2014, Pop was launched on Freeview.[65] Prior to April 2016, Pop was only available in areas where there is a local TV channel. On 1 April 2016, Pop moved to a wider coverage nationwide freeview mix, becoming available to over 90% of the country.[66] The capacity vacated by Pop on the local multiplex was used to transmit Kix from 7 April 2016. Pop +1 moved to LCN channel 128, to release 127 for use by Kix, but was otherwise unaffected, continuing to broadcast locally to Manchester only.

On-demand[edit]

Pop programming in addition to content from sister channels Pop Max and Tiny Pop are available to stream on demand from the free TV service and mobile app Pop Player[67]and since May 2022, available on Freeview Channel 208.[68][69]

Related service[edit]

Pop +1[edit]

A time shift feed called Pop +1 was available until 2008, when it was replaced by Kix!; in turn, that network's +1 feed was discontinued on 14 July 2014 with Pop +1's return.

International versions[edit]

On 4 May 2017, Sony Pictures Television Networks launched an Italian version of Pop as their first Italian free-to-air offering, with a similar line-up of programming to the UK channel. The network closed alongside its sister channel Cine Sony on 11 July 2019, after Mediaset purchased both network slots from Sony. Pop's old slot would be used for Boing Plus.[70]

The Pakistani version of Pop is operated by Edutainment (Pty.) Ltd. under the license of Sony Pictures Television.[71]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sony Pictures Television U.K. Channels Sold to U.S. Investment Firm Narrative Capital". Variety. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Toons&Tunes launching today". Digital Spy.
  3. ^ "Tricky (TV Series)". IMDB. 30 August 1997.
  4. ^ a b "Bakugan: Armored Alliance - Starts 1st September - POP! UK TV Advert". Archived from the original on 13 December 2021 – via www.youtube.com.
  5. ^ "Pokemon Journeys - Starts 1st September 2020 - POP! UK TV Advert". Archived from the original on 13 December 2021 – via www.youtube.com.
  6. ^ "POP lines up original series Swipe It with Joe Tasker". Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  7. ^ "44 Cats". Pop. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "All Shows - POP". popfun.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 December 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Check out brand new ALVIN and the Chipmunks on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Mattel announces broadcasters for Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures | Toy World Magazine". toyworldmag.co.uk. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Barbie It Takes Two to premiere on POP in April". toyworldmag.co.uk. 16 March 2022. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  12. ^ "Big Top Academy". www.popfun.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Care Bears: Unlock the Magic | POP". www.popfun.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Cupcake & Dino: General Services". www.popfun.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Dragon Ball Super". Pop. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Check out new TV show Grizzy and the Lemmings on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  17. ^ "New international sales for Chinese animated series Kung Fu Wa!". Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  18. ^ "Kung Fu Sock".
  19. ^ "New shows and episodes coming to Tiny Pop & Pop this spring!". 28 February 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  20. ^ "LEGO FRIENDS: GIRLS ON A MISSION". Pop. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  21. ^ "SONY POP GETS "MEGANIZED" WITH MEGA MAN". DHX Media. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Miraculous nets new UK licensees". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  23. ^ "Power Players". Pop.
  24. ^ "Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty". www.popfun.co.uk.
  25. ^ "SADIE SPARKS". Pop. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  26. ^ "Skylanders Academy".
  27. ^ "SPACE CHICKENS IN SPACE". Pop. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  28. ^ "Teletoon+, Pop converse with Talking Tom". C21media. Archived from the original on 25 April 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  29. ^ POP FUN TV (3 June 2019), Total Dramarama| Starts on Monday | POP 💥, retrieved 3 April 2014
  30. ^ "Sinking Ship expands international reach of two key series". Retrieved 30 July 2022.
  31. ^ a b c d "TV Guide | POP". 25 June 2014. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014.
  32. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "Popclub.tv - toons and tunes with Rorry & Purrdy, VJ and the Cheeky Monkeys from Pop". 22 March 2005. Archived from the original on 22 March 2005.
  33. ^ a b c d e "TV Guide | POP". 18 September 2012. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012.
  34. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
  35. ^ "What's on Pop?".
  36. ^ a b c d e f "TV Guide | POP". 25 September 2011. Archived from the original on 25 September 2011.
  37. ^ a b c "Schedule | POP". 24 March 2016. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016.
  38. ^ a b c "Popfun home of Rorry's Castle". 5 August 2010. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010.
  39. ^ a b "TV Guide | POP". 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015.
  40. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 May 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  42. ^ a b c d e f g h "TV Guide | POP". 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014.
  43. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "TV Guide | POP". 26 February 2012. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012.
  44. ^ "TV Guide - Clifford the Big Red Dog POP". 30 June 2014. Archived from the original on 30 June 2014.
  45. ^ "Counterfeit Cat". Popfun. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  46. ^ a b c d e f "Pop UK - Promos (2008-2011)". 1 January 2009 – via Internet Archive.
  47. ^ a b "Popfun home of Rorry's Castle". 9 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011.
  48. ^ a b c d "Schedule | POP". Archived from the original on 28 January 2018.
  49. ^ a b c "Schedule | POP". Archived from the original on 16 September 2018.
  50. ^ a b c d e f g h "Schedule | POP". 28 October 2015. Archived from the original on 28 October 2015.
  51. ^ "Hanazuki: Full of Treasures premieres on Pop | Toy World Magazine". toyworldmag.co.uk. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  52. ^ "TV Guide - Harry and his bucket full of... POP". 30 June 2014. Archived from the original on 30 June 2014.
  53. ^ "TV Guide | POP". 20 March 2015. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015.
  54. ^ "POP (UK) Continuity and Adverts - January 9, 2015". Archived from the original on 13 December 2021 – via www.youtube.com.
  55. ^ "Pop UK - Promos (2008-2011)". January 2009.
  56. ^ "TV Guide | POP". 25 September 2011. Archived from the original on 25 September 2011.
  57. ^ "Catch a sneak peek of Pokémon Journeys: The Series on POP in the UK | Pokemon.com". www.pokemon.com. Retrieved 30 August 2020.
  58. ^ "Toyworldmag.co.uk - Polly Pocket Debuts on Pop". www.toyworldmag.co.uk. 6 September 2018.
  59. ^ "Power Rangers Beast Morphers". www.popfun.co.uk.
  60. ^ "Schedule | POP". 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015.
  61. ^ "Nelvana.com – Consumer Products". www.nelvana.com. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  62. ^ "Big news for UK fans, Sonic Boom is back on TV - Pop UK,a freeview". desclyrantu.ga. 3 January 2019. Archived from the original on 7 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  63. ^ "Totally Spies! | POP". www.popfun.co.uk. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019.
  64. ^ "What About Mimi? (TV Series 2000–2002) - IMDb" – via www.imdb.com.
  65. ^ "New children's channel Pop launches on Freeview | Toy World Magazine". Toyworldmag.co.uk. 21 April 2014. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  66. ^ "POP extends Freeview reach April 2016". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  67. ^ "POP Player". www.popfun.co.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  68. ^ "Channel Changes and closures on Freeview". www.freeview.co.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  69. ^ "Pop Player secures Freeview slot". RXTV info. 25 May 2022. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  70. ^ "La jv Turner-Mediaset sbarca sul canale 45 del digitale terrestre". Il Sole 24 ORE. 10 July 2019.
  71. ^ "Singer turned Media Marketer, Syed Rameez Mukhtar joins Pop Kids TV as Chief Commercial Officer". Media Bites. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2019.

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