Nick Jr. (British and Irish TV channel)
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Nick Jr. is a British television channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland operated by a joint venture between ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia and Sky Group. The channel is aimed at pre-school children.
|Country||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Slogan||Everyday's an adventure!|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Timeshift service||Nick Jr. +1|
|Owner||(ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia/Sky Group)|
|Sister channels||Channel 5|
Nick Jr. Too
Comedy Central Extra
MTV Live HD
|Launched||1993 (programming block)|
1 September 1999 (TV channel)
|Virgin Media||Channel 715|
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 607|
|Sky (UK)||Channel 615 (HD)|
Channel 628 (+1)
Channel 648 (SD)
|Sky (Ireland)||Channel 615|
Channel 628 (+1)
Channel 631 (HD)
|TalkTalk Plus TV||Channel 484|
|BT (via Now TV)||Channel 470|
Channel 476 (HD)
|Eir Vision||Channel 615|
|Sky Go||Watch live (UK & Ireland only)|
|Now TV||Watch live (UK only)|
|TVPlayer||Watch live (UK only, TVPlayer Plus subscription required)|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
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Nick Jr. was first broadcast in the UK and Ireland from 1993, during the daytime hours from 9am to 12pm on Nickelodeon.
In 1999, Nick Jr. was spun off into its own channel although the slot on Nickelodeon continued until July 2000, initially broadcasting on Sky, and from 6am to 12pm alongside Sky Sports 3 on analogue satellite, although this schedule would sometimes be altered if sports were being covered in the early morning.
When it first properly aired it was presented by Face. In 2001, MTV Dance started broadcasting during its downtime hours after it was spun off from MTV Extra. MTV Dance acquired its own separate channel in 2002 and both MTV Dance and MTV Extra have since extended their broadcasting hours.
A version of Nick Jr. for Ireland was launched in 2006. This version, like the Irish version of Nickelodeon, shares the same schedule as the British version of Nickelodeon, but has Irish adverts. In April 2010, Nick Jr. updated to the United States look.
Since August 2010, Nick Jr. broadcasts 24 hours a day.
Nick Jr. ClassicsEdit
During the mid and late 2000s, Nick Jr. and Nick Jr. 2 presented a nighttime programming block dedicated to classic British children's programmes under the title Nick Jr. Classics. The block launched under the name Noggin on 31 May 2004, running every night from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. It was rebranded as Nick Jr. Classics on 5 September 2005.
The block was discontinued on Nick Jr. on 4 January 2009 and Nick Jr. 2 in 2010.