|Launched||Cartoon Network Too block
4 September 2006
24 May 2007
Italy and Spain
1 December 2012
|Closed||Cartoon Network Too block
23 May 2007
30 June 2013
31 December 2014
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System Europe, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Turner International India Pvt Ltd, Turner International Australia
|Picture format||576i (4:3 SDTV)|
0.09% (April 2015 , BARB)
|Slogan||It's Kaleidoscopic! (2007 to 2013)|
|Sister channel(s)||Cartoon Network
|Digital (in Italy)||LCN 46
|VuTV||Channel 238 on Freeview (UK)|
|Virgin Media||Channel 706|
|Smallworld Cable||Channel 706|
|UPC Ireland||Channel 618|
|Sky Go||Watch live
(UK and Ireland only)
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
Cartoonito is a pre-school brand owned and distributed by Turner Broadcasting System Europe Ltd, available as dedicated television channels in the United Kingdom and Italy, and also as a branded block of content on Boomerang across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Cartoonito is available as a dedicated channel in Asia, owned and operated by Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. The brand is aimed at young children under the age of 6 years.
|This section relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (February 2014)|
Cartoonito was originally a programming block on Cartoon Network Too with it airing between 06:00 and 15:00. It started on 4 September 2006 with it airing for the last time (as a block on CN Too) on 23 May 2007 as it got its own channel as a replacement for the original version of Cartoon Network Too. As it was no longer a block on CN Too, it expanded its broadcasting hours to 03:00 until 19:00, timesharing with TCM 2, another UK-only spin-off channel from TCM.
In addition, the programming block agreements with Cartoon Network Too terminated, which made it 24 hours for the first time as it replaced Toonami as the current version. However, from September 2009 until March 2010, Boomerang gave up its morning programming for a new Cartoonito slot, terminating its 24-hour schedule which had been in place since 2001.
In its early years, Cartoonito taught children French.
On 25 March 2010, Cartoonito was added to Virgin Media on channel 706. In early 2011, Cartoonito changed its hours to 04:00 until 20:00, and revamped its early hour schedule to include more pre-school orientated shows.
Despite TCM 2 closing on 13 August 2013 at 4:00am, and being replaced with TCM +1 later in the day, the British version of Cartoonito continued to only broadcast from 4:00am to 9:00pm.
Turner Broadcasting System Europe had announced it would rollout its UK-based preschoolers' channel Cartoonito across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, increasing the brand's distribution to 125 million homes in 112 territories. The channel closed on 30 June 2013 in Spain, along with Cartoon Network, with its shows moving to Boing.
On 1 December 2012, Cartoonito launched in Asia Pacific in conjunction with its localized website. A key market upon launch is the Philippines, which began transmission initially in SD on the country's largest cable provider, SkyCable Cartoonito is available as part of its Metropack and on an a la carte basis via Skycable Select. Cartoonito was replaced by Boomerang on 1 January 2015.
In the MENA region, an Arabic-dedicated version of Cartoonito was launched as a morning block for Cartoon Network Arabic, broadcasting for seven days a week, starting from 4 September 2011. Simultaneously, Cartoonito is also available in English in the Middle East via the Cartoonito block on the pan-eastern European Boomerang channel. In early 2014, cartoonito stopped broadcasting on both Cartoon Network Arabic and the pan-eastern European Boomerang channel.