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Current logo since October 1, 2011
|Launched||January 1, 1993
(as test broadcast)
January 1, 1994
(as a part of CN SEA)
June 3, 1995
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific
|Picture format||480i (4:3, SDTV)
1080i (16:9, HDTV)
|Slogan||Are You CN What We're Sayin'?|
|Sister channel(s)||Cartoon Network Asia
|Website|| (Former website of Cartoon Network Philippines, now redirected to Cartoon Network Southeast Asia's website)|
|Cignal||Channel 74 (SD)
Channel 220 (HD)
|Dream Satellite TV||Channel 13|
|G Sat||Channel 56|
|SkyCable||Channel 43 (Digital)
Channel 178 (HD)
|Destiny Cable||Channel 51 (Analog)
Channel 43 (Digital)
|Parasat Cable TV||Channel 34|
|Neca Cable Cebu||Channel 12|
|Surigao Cable Television||Channel 54|
|Pioneer Cable Vision Inc. (PCVI)||Channel 17 (SD)|
Cartoon Network (CN) is a Philippine cable and satellite television channel created by Turner Broadcasting, a unit of Time Warner, which primarily shows animated programming. The Philippine version is a branch of Cartoon Network Asia, and broadcasts exclusively in the Philippines.
Ted Turner, an American mogul and entrepreneur, bought the pre-May 1986 films of MGM, also including pre-August 1948 WB cartoons and films, and the library of the MGM Cartoon Studios (since 1937 and shut down in 1957). While he managed to broadcast on TBS, WTBS17 (known as WPCH-TV) and TNT. He bought Hanna-Barbera since 1991 due to Great American Broadcasting's debt. He launched Cartoon Network in America in October 1, 1992, also the release of Tom and Jerry: The Movie in Germany. Later, he launched international versions of CN since 1993 and started on 1994, CN Philippines was born along with Cartoon Network Southeast Asia. On 1996, Time Warner merged with Turner, due to the library of WB was there, Turner stayed as a board of directors until 2006 or 2007.
Cartoon Network Philippines was formerly part of Cartoon Network Asia. It started broadcasting on September 1, 1995 as the dual-channel TNT & Cartoon Network, operating from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Turner Classic Movies, formerly TNT, taking the remainder of the daily schedule. It originally aired only Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as The Yogi Bear Show, Top Cat, and The Flintstones. Cartoon Network is the first cartoon cable channel in the Philippines, and while Disney Channel launched in 1996, and Nick in 1998. In 1996, the channel started to air MGM cartoons, such as Tom and Jerry, Droopy, and Spike and Tyke. Following Time Warner's purchase of Turner later that year, the channel added Warner Bros. shows, such as Looney Tunes and related cartoons, to its programming in 1997. In 1998, Cartoon Network started to air its first original shows: Space Ghost Coast to Coast and The Moxy Show. The latter was soon cancelled, however.
On August 22, 1999, Cartoon Network Asia began adopting Cartoon Network USA's "Powerhouse" theme. That year, the network introduced Dexter's Laboratory, Cow & Chicken, I Am Weasel, Ed, Edd n' Eddy, and Johnny Bravo. New shows first aired the next year included The Powerpuff Girls, Mike, Lu & Og, and Courage the Cowardly Dog.
In 2001, Cartoon Network continued to air new original programs, such as Sheep in the Big City, Time Squad, and Samurai Jack. The network dubbed these original programs "Cartoon Cartoons" and aired them in a programming block Friday nights. The same year, Cartoon Network created other programming blocks, including Toonami, Acme Hour, Prime Time, Boomerang, and Cartoon Network After Dark. In 2002, the network expanded Cartoon Cartoons with new shows such as Grim & Evil, Robot Jones, and Codename: Kids Next Door. Justice League and ¡Mucha Lucha! also debuted in 2002. Shows added to the line-up in 2003 include post-1948 Warner Bros. cartoons and X-Men: Evolution. In 2004, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends was the only program to debut on the network. In 2005, the Boomerang programming block was made into its own channel.
On October 1, 2005, the network bumpers were replaced with 3-D animations of the fictional "CN City," home to all the Cartoon Network characters. The network logo was also replaced. In 2006, several new Cartoon Network originals premiered, including Robotboy, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, Camp Lazlo, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, My Gym Partner's a Monkey, and Squirrel Boy. The Cartoon Cartoons moniker previously used for Cartoon Network originals was discontinued that year. Unusual for the network, The Simpsons, an adult-oriented cartoon, was also aired on Cartoon Network in 2006, albeit with a PG classification.
On August 31, 2008, the network changed the format of its bumpers and commercials, mirroring similar changes by Cartoon Network Southeast Asia. During this time, older programs such as Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends and Camp Lazlo began to air less frequently, in favor of new shows such as Ben 10 and The Secret Saturdays.
On October 1, 2011, Cartoon Network introduced new branding and a logo. Designed by Brand New School, it makes heavy use of a black and white checkerboard motif. The slogan "It's a Fun Thing!" was also introduced. Many older advertisements and bumpers from the previous branding were retained, albeit with the addition of the new logo.
In December 2012, Cartoon Network started aired past shows, such as Ben 10 and Camp Lazlo, in HDTV 1080i format instead of SDTV 480i format. Starting January 8, 2013 from 12:00 AM until 6:00 AM (PHT) each morning, Cartoon Network airs all shows and commercials in HDTV 1080i format. The slogan "It's A Fun Thing!" was abolished and replaced by "Are You CN What Where Sayin'" in November 2014.
After 4 years of the original CHECK it branding, Cartoon Network has finally switched to CHECK it 3.0 in 2015, then CHECK it 4.0 on December 31, 2015. However, older CHECK it branding is still used seldomely. In late 2016, all the CHECK it 1.0 bumpers are either muted or replaced with CHECK it 3.0 bumpers as fillers for some shows.
On November 2016, new bumpers are added on this channel, notable ones include the recent channel branding from Cartoon Network UK and Cartoon Network Canada, plus another identity package from Cartoon Network Latin America.
Here is a list of shows/programming blocks that are currently airing on Cartoon Network (Philippines) (as of June 23, 2016):
Cartoon Network Philippines began to air original programming since 1997 until their 1998 cancellation. These resumed in 1999 and continue till the present. Meanwhile, as of 2014, new original programming will be added like Clarence and others.
On October 18, 2010, TV5 launched TV5 Kids presents Cartoon Network, a cartoon block which airs selected Cartoon Network programs dubbed in Filipino. Currently, TV5 airs Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Omniverse, Codename: Kids Next Door, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Powerpuff Girls Z, The Secret Saturdays, and Teen Titans. In 2013, TV5 aired more Cartoon Network shows to their block like Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball and Adventure Time. In 2015, the block has been axed, but giving the way for returning of TV5 AniMEGA.
The block was returned on October 2016, after a year of hiatus but with only two new CN shows (We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls 2016 reboot) which airs only every Saturday mornings and it does not air any of its older CN shows mentioned above unlike the original airing of the block.
Around late 2015, Boomerang on TV5 Kids was launched. It airs a few programs straight from Boomerang Southeast Asia and Boomerang Australia and New Zealand. All of the shows aired on the Boomerang block were dubbed in Filipino. As of 2017, TV5 AniMEGA is still airing.
It currently airs The Looney Toons Show, Rat-A-Tat, Inspector Gadget, and Mr. Bean: The Animated Series every weekday afternoons. On weekends, it airs We Bare Bears and the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, despite it doesn't air on Boomerang.
In late 2007, Cartoon Network launched Cartoon Network Video, a video on demand service designed for Philippine broadband viewers with Flash Video. It did not allow full screen viewing until a site redesign in late 2008. This site is not online anymore for unknown reasons.
Cartoon Network HD is a high definition simulcast of Cartoon Network Asia available only on SkyCable HD (Channel 178), Cignal HD (Channel 220) and Sky Direct (Channel 15). Just like the original variant of the channel in the United States, this feed is being broadcast in 1080i; however, certain shows are pillarboxed (such as older CN animated series), plus some commercials are also pillarboxed.
A variation of the original Cartoon Network logo from October 1, 2011, used in bumpers and a morphing logo screen bug (top-right)