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HistoryEdit

On May 8, 2006, ION Media Networks, NBCUniversal, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, Scholastic Corporation, and Classic Media announced plans to launch new children's entertainment endeavor spread across all media platforms, including video-on-demand on digital cable and an interactive webpage. Originally announced under the name "Smart Place for Kids", the official name Qubo was announced in August 2006.[1] The name "Qubo" was chosen for the platform due to its "fun" sound and marketability in both English and Spanish.[2] Each owner contributed shows to the network.

The primary goal for Qubo is to "provide quality, entertaining children's programming in a safe environment." The endeavor utilizes ION's digital broadcast outlets, the educational, literary, and creative assets of Scholastic, the acquisition duties of Classic Media, and the combined content libraries and production facilities of Nelvana, and NBC Universal, which will also dedicate its weekend morning lineups to Qubo. Qubo's Saturday morning block debuted on NBC and Telemundo on Saturday, September 9, 2006, replaced the Discovery Kids block on NBC. This was followed by the Qubo block repeating on Ion Television, which began on Friday, September 15, 2006. This was followed by the launch of a digital television network on January 8, 2007 on the digital subchannels of Ion Television affiliates.[3]

Initially, religious content was edited out of the original VeggieTales broadcasts by request of NBC's standards and practices department.[4] The removal drew criticism from the Christian conservative watch group Parents Television Council, which complained to NBC.[5] NBC replied that the editing conformed to the television network's broadcast standards of "not to advocate any one religious point of view." VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer also expressed discontent with the edits, stating that he was not informed that religious content would be removed from the series, and he would have refused to sign a contract if he had known of this beforehand. Vischer said, "I would have declined partly because I knew a lot of fans would feel like it was a sellout or it was done for money."[6] Still, Vischer added that he understood NBC's wish to remain religiously neutral, and said, "VeggieTales is religious, NBC is not. I want to focus people more on 'Isn't it cool that Bob and Larry are on television?'"[7]

On March 28, 2012, it was announced that NBC will launch a new Saturday morning pre-school block, called NBC Kids, that will replace the Qubo on NBC block.[8][9][10][11]

Qubo programmingEdit

Main article: List of programs broadcast by Qubo

Current programs on Qubo channelEdit

Current programs on Qubo Night OwlEdit

Current interstitials on the Qubo channel and/or broadcasts blocksEdit

Upcoming programmingEdit

Former programmingEdit

Former programs on Qubo Night OwlEdit

  • Spliced (Nelvana/Teletoon; September 19, 2009 -October 24, 2009; September 28, 2010 –March 31, 2012)
  • Class of the Titans (Studio B/Nelvana; September 19 2009 - June 30, 2012)

Former interstitialsEdit


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