Cartoon Network (Southeast Asia)
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Cartoon Network is a Southeast Asian pay television channel that primarily broadcasts animated series. Operated by Warner Bros. through its Southeast Asian units, the channel is broadcast from its headquarters in Singapore to audiences in its country of location, as well as to Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asia (except Philippines, where its broadcasting operation was later separated from the broader Southeast Asian version).
|Launched||6 October 1994|
|Network||Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults|
|Owned by||Warner Bros. Asia|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||New New New New|
|Broadcast area||Southeast Asia|
|Channel 616 (SD)|
Channel 636 (HD)
|Channel 616 (SD) |
Channel 636 (HD)
|Channel 453 |
Channel 300 (VOD)
|Channel 443 (SD)|
Cartoon Network started its broadcast in 1994 timesharing with TCM, also broadcasting on Australia. It operated from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with Turner Classic Movies taking the remainder of the daily schedule. On 1 July 2001, Cartoon Network Asia became a separate 24-hour channel, with exclusive local feeds. It originally aired only Hanna-Barbera cartoons. In 1996, MGM shows started airing and in 1997, Warner Bros. shows started airing. Also in 1997 the channel began airing original productions. On 22 August 1999, Cartoon Network introduced a new rebrand, introducing new bumpers, new original productions and a new graphical package. In 2000 other non-original shows were introduced. Also, throughout the early 2000s, Cartoon Network started airing several more original productions.
In 2001, a block called Cartoon Cartoons was introduced. Cartoon Network also introduced other programming blocks including Toonami, Acme Hour, Prime Time, the Boomerang block (now a TV channel) and Cartoon Network Night Shift. In 2003 and 2004, more programming blocks were added. Early in 2004, the Boomerang network exclusively on Foxtel. Many of the older cartoons migrated to the new channel. In addition, Cartoon Network for a brief period would show segments of kids getting prizes during the holidays but this was cancelled due to low audience. Up until mid-2004, Cartoon Network had been tied with the Disney Channel as Asia's most popular family network. The removal of older 1950s-1980s Hanna-Barbera programming from the network during this period led to a fall in average audience share during 2004 as fans of older cartoons moved to Boomerang.
On 1 October 2005, the channel's 'bumpers' were replaced with 3-D animation promotions that were set in a fictional location called "CN City". A well known scene from a show was sometimes the theme. The "Cartoon Cartoons" moniker was dropped in 2006. On 31 August 2008 the bumpers and ads were updated. "Cartoon Network Theatre" was renamed "Cartoon Network Popcorn". On 1 October 2011, during The Amazing World of Gumball premiere, the channel introduced a new branding, logo, and slogan. In 2013, the US CN bumpers and the Asia bumpers were refreshed.
A separate TV channel was available in Southeast Asia from September 2005 until December 2012. It was replaced with Toonami; Toonami is also operated and distributed by Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific. However, since January 1, 2015, Boomerang has replaced Cartoonito.
Tiny TV was first shown on CN SEA in June 2002 and showed cartoon series that were targeted at very young children, such as The Flintstone Kids, Baby Looney Tunes, Krypto the Superdog, Tom & Jerry Kids and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo.
In January 2003, CN SEA was launched in South Korea after the cancellation of a Cartoon Network block on Tooniverse. However, the channel is unable to insert Korean audio tracks into shows because non-South Korean channels are legally prohibited from doing so.
In 2006, JoongAng Ilbo and the Turner company established a joint venture to launch a separate South Korean version of Cartoon Network and the channel was set to launch in November 2006. However, the launch was suddenly delayed due to a content dispute with the Tooniverse channel—the dispute concerned the joint venture's intention to produce its own Korean-language versions of some of Cartoon Network's original shows. Tooniverse-acquired shows such as The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and Johnny Bravo, were not part of this plan. The South Korean channel was eventually cancelled and the distribution rights for the Southeast Asian channel were revoked and given to another company.
In Thailand, CN SEA is available through the TrueVisions cable and satellite networks; TrueVisions includes CN SEA in both its Gold and Platinum packages. CN SEA is offered as a shared feed between Singapore and Thailand because their time zones are only one hour apart.
Starting from 2009, Thai audio track for promos and adverts was introduced alongsite an official Thai website. They were later removed in 2012.
In February 2018, Cartoon Network along with CNN International was made available on AIS Play. Meanwhile, Cartoon Network has 2 Pay Providers in Thailand (AIS Play and TrueVisions) along with CNN and Warner TV.
In Indonesia, CN SEA is available on First Media Gold and Platinum packages, BiG TV (affiliated with First Media) Gold and Platinum packages, MNC Vision Platinum Packages (used to be Indovision), TransVision Platinum Packages (used to be TelkomVision). and Indikids add-on package on IndiHome.
CN SEA used to be available in English in Vietnam, but in April 2014, a localized feed was launched. The line-up is identical to the Southeast Asian version, but the promos are entirely in Vietnamese (as well as the original programming itself is also has Vietnamese voice-over or dubbed). and the local titles of the cartoons are shown on screen, right next to Cartoon Network's logo. The Vietnamese feed is available on VTC Digital, SCTV, Hanoi Radio-Television (HCATV) and Vietnam Television (VTVcab). Starting from December 2016, Vietnamese audio track for promos and adverts is introduced.
A Vietnamese ad or other channel's promos (like Warner TV) may appear when promos are playing.
The first Malaysian broadcasting company to air CN SEA was Astro subsidiaries of Measat Broadcasting Systems Sdn Bhd. Cartoon Network was launched from Astro on channel 616 in Malaysia and Brunei (Kristal-Astro) on 31 August 2006 in Malaysia and Brunei.
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