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March 27, 2000 (Arabic channel)|
March 23, 2005 (Indonesian channel)
|Owned by||Spacetoon International|
|Picture format||576i (4:3/16:9 SDTV)|
|Slogan||Young Future Channel (Saluran Masa Depan)|
|Country||United Arab Emirates, Syria|
|Language||Arabic (Arab world) Indonesian (Indonesia)|
Space Power (SPTV)
|Timeshift service||NET. 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 23, 2005 in Jakarta, it later became NET. and its broadcast remains on satellite 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 a separate TV channel. In South Korea, Spacetoon launched in 2005 but has since closed down.
Spacetoon is closely affiliated with Syria-based dubbing company Venus Centre.
In 1999, Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation officially signed an agreement to broadcast a children's cartoon channel. On March 27, 2000, Spacetoon officially launched, but as a six-hour bloc. It remained for two years, until January 2002 when the contract ended, according to a statement issued by the Ministry. Later, Spacetoon was established as an independent channel.
In Indonesia, Spacetoon officially launched on March 23, 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 broadcast timings were extended from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. WIB. When programming ended, a 10 minute section filled with animation, songs, and messages for kids was shown. 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 television. On September 2014, Spacetoon divided into two channels: Spacetoon and Spacetoon 2. Spacetoon 2 broadcasts more cartoon and animation than Spacetoon although still broadcasts some home-shopping programs. In May 2016, Spacetoon added another channel, Spacetoon 3. It had clearer audio than Spacetoon and Spacetoon 2, but was closed down on October of the same year. On November 2016, Spacetoon 2 was officially renamed as Space Shopping. The reason was home shopping programmes having way much revenue on the channel, which itself had 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 of laughter) to comedy series.
- Alpha (Planet of the numbers and letters) for educational programs.
- Bon Bon (Planet Heroes adults) for pre-school programs.
- 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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