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|Launched||March 27, 2000
March 23, 2005 (Indonesian channel)
|Owned by||Spacetoon International|
|Picture format||576i (4:3/16:9 SDTV)|
|Slogan||Young Future Channel|
|Country||United Arab Emirates, Syria|
|Language||Arabic (Arab world)|
|Broadcast area||Arab world
|Sister channel(s)||Spacetoon 2
Space Power (SPTV)
|Timeshift service||Spacetoon Indonesia 09.22-12.33 WIB (2005-2013)|
|3732 H 4160 ¾|
(Arab world version)
|11785 V 27500 ¾|
|eLife (UAE)||Channel 310|
|DU (UAE)||Channel 351|
|Omantel (Oman)||Channel 86|
|OSN (MENA Region)||Channel 370|
Spacetoon (سبيستون or سبيس تون) is an Arabic television channel that specializes in animation and children programs. It began broadcasting in March 2000 with headquarters in Damascus and Dubai.
The main Indonesian channel began airing on March 24, 2005 in Jakarta, it later became NET. and its broadcast remains on satellite terrestrial television. Currently there are three Spacetoon channels in Indonesia, Spacetoon, Space Shopping and Spacetoon Plus. In India Spacetoon India exists as licensing company but not as TV channel. In South Korea Spacetoon launched in 2005 but has since closed down.
In 1999, Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation officially signed an agreement to broadcast a channel which specialized for cartoon channel for kids. On March 27, 2000, Spacetoon officially launched, but the block time just six hours a day. It remained for two years, until January 2002 when the contract was ended, according to a statement issued by ministry. Later, they established Spacetoon as an independent channel.
In Indonesia, Spacetoon officially launched on March 24, 2005. The station was founded by H. Sukoyo, a former TV7 executive. When it was launched, Spacetoon broadcast on 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. WIB. Later was extended from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. WIB. The break when program finished, filled with animation, songs, and message for kids in 10 minutes. On mid-2011, due to financial problems, Spacetoon began broadcasting some home-shopping program and alternative medicine program. On March 2013, 95% of Spacetoon ownership stakes were acquired by NET.. Finally on May 18, 2013, Spacetoon officially closed for terrestrial to make way for NET. on terrestrial network, while Spacetoon broadcast in Indonesia still remains on satellite terrestrial television. On September 2014, Spacetoon divided into two channels: Spacetoon and Spacetoon 2. The difference of Spacetoon 2 is broadcasts more cartoon and animation rather than Spacetoon although still broadcasting some home-shopping programs. In May 2016, Spacetoon adds one channel, Spacetoon 3, was more clearer sound than Spacetoon and Spacetoon 2. Unfortunately, Spacetoon 3 closed down on October same year. On November 2016, Spacetoon 2 officially renamed as Space Shopping. The reason was broadcasting many home shopping programs have too much revenue on the channel itself because has little income. Currently, Spacetoon has three channels in Indonesia: Spacetoon, Space Shopping, and Spacetoon Plus.
- Action (Planet of the excitement and mystery) of the series of movement and excitement.
- Adventure (Planet of the imagination and thrill) of the Series adventures.
- Comedy (planet laugher) to comedy series.
- Alpha (Planet of the numbers and letters) for educational programs.
- Bon Bon (Planet Heroes adults) for baby shows
- History (planet from time immemorial) for the historical series.
- Movies (planet for all colors) for the cartoons.
- Science (planet discovery and knowledge) for educational programs.
- Sport (Planet of the challenge and strength) of the series and sports programs.
- Zomoroda (planet for girls only) series and programs for girls.
Programming of the Arab branch
- Doraemon (2005 anime) (7 March 2016–present)
- The Fairly OddParents
- Masha and the Bear
- Yo-kai Watch (4 September 2016 – present)
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