Cable TV Network Profiles

See Also: Kids TV History | Broadcast TV Profiles


Disney Channel

Cartoon Network

Discovery Kids

  • Launched on Monday, October 7, 1996
  • Originally known as “Discovery Kids Channel” from 1996-2001 to distinguish from the programming block on The Discovery Channel
  • Came to an end on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 9:59am
  • Channel rebranded to The Hub

Toon Disney

  • Launched on Saturday, April 18, 1998 at 3:00pm
  • Sometimes known as “Toon Disney Channel” in off-channel branding
  • JETIX programming block began on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 7:00pm
  • Came to an end on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11:59pm
  • Channel rebranded to Disney XD
  • List of every TV series aired on Toon Disney and Jetix

Fox Family


  • Launched on Sunday, January 31, 1999
  • Shared channel space with programming block The N from April 1, 2002 until December 31, 2007
  • Came to an end on Monday, September 27, 2009 at 5:59am
  • Channel rebranded to Nick Jr.
  • Relaunched as a premium streaming service on Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nickelodeon GAS: Games and Sports for Kids

  • Launched on Monday, March 1, 1999
  • Channel often known on-air as simply “Nick GAS”
  • Came to an end on Monday, December 31, 2007 at 5:59am for most TV providers; Dish Network continued Nick GAS until April 23, 2009
  • Channel replaced by The N on all providers, except Dish

boyzChannel; girlzChannel

  • Two separate digital channel spin-offs from Fox Family
  • Both launched on Sunday, October 31, 1999
  • Both came to an end on or before August 18, 2000 (via Multichannel News); very low channel distribution forced both to shutdown quickly


  • Launched on Saturday, April 1, 2000 at 8:00am
  • Also launched as a subscription video service on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (legally as “Boomerang Plus LLC”)

ABC Family

  • Launched on Saturday, November 10, 2001 at 7:00am, as a rebrand of Fox Family
  • Came to an end on late-Monday, January 11, 2016 at 2:00am
  • Channel rebranded to Freeform

The N



  • Started as a Video On Demand service in April 2005 before the linear channel launched
  • TV channel launched on Monday, September 26, 2005
  • Was known as “PBS Kids Sprout” from 2005-2013
  • Came to an end on Saturday, September 8, 2017 at 4:59pm
  • Channel rebranded to Universal Kids; Sprout name kept as a programming block for preschoolers until early 2018

Disney XD


Nick Jr.

  • Launched on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 6:00am as a rebrand of Noggin

Hub Network

Disney Junior

  • Launched on late-Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 12:00am
  • Also known as “Disney Junior: The Channel”

Discovery Family

  • Launched on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:00am as a rebrand of Hub Network


  • Launched on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 6:00am as a rebrand of MTV Hits

Kids Street / Family Central Explorer

  • Launched on Monday, January 16, 2017 exclusively through Comcast Xfinity
  • Also known as “Kids Central” and “Family Central” from 2017-2020

Primo TV

  • Launched on Monday, January 16, 2017 exclusively through Comcast Xfinity

Universal Kids

  • Launched on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 5:00pm as a rebrand of Sprout