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3rd Feb '18 2:43:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/JustinTime'' (*; U.S. only -- airs on Family Junior (the former Disney Junior prior to Disney's deal with Corus) in Canada; owner DHX Media has signed a deal to co-produce the third season, which will otherwise air exclusively on {{Netflix}} in its current territories)

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* ''WesternAnimation/JustinTime'' (*; U.S. only -- airs on Family Junior (the former Disney Junior prior to Disney's deal with Corus) in Canada; owner DHX Media has signed a deal to co-produce the third season, which will otherwise air exclusively on {{Netflix}} Creator/{{Netflix}} in its current territories)
27th Jan '18 6:25:39 AM PicmeRulz123
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[[caption-width-right:350:Free to grow.]]
26th Jan '18 6:30:41 PM MarcoPolo250
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Despite this, it should be noted that [[BrokenBase not everyone is happy with the revamp]], especially those that had witnessed what [=NBCUniversal=] had done to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} other]] [[Creator/{{G4TV}} networks]] under its wings. A number of people see this as ExecutiveMeddling, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork network screwing]] and/or NetworkDecay, and those who subscribed to the channel for its wholesome educational content are especially weary of the change. It doesn't help that despite being a rebrand, preschool programming still makes up the majority of the channel's airtime, likening Universal Kids' to a youth-oriented Creator/AdultSwim or a less-raunchy [[Creator/NickJr NickMom]]. Ultimately, the concerns came to fruition as Universal Kids eventually did away with the Sprout branding in January 2018, leaving the preschool channels under the regular Universal Kids branding.

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Despite this, it should be noted that [[BrokenBase not everyone is happy with the revamp]], especially those that had witnessed what [=NBCUniversal=] had done to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} other]] [[Creator/{{G4TV}} networks]] under its wings. A number of people see this as ExecutiveMeddling, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork network screwing]] and/or NetworkDecay, and those who subscribed to the channel for its wholesome educational content are especially weary of the change. It doesn't help that despite being a rebrand, preschool programming continued to air under the Sprout branding and still makes up the majority of the channel's airtime, likening Universal Kids' to a youth-oriented Creator/AdultSwim or a less-raunchy [[Creator/NickJr NickMom]]. Ultimately, the The concerns came to fruition as Universal Kids eventually grew larger after the channel did away with the Sprout branding in January 2018, leaving absorbing the still-dominate preschool channels programming under the regular Universal Kids branding.
25th Jan '18 11:21:43 PM MegaJ
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[[caption-width-right:350:Let's grow!]]

Sprout was a cable/satellite network that originated as a subnetwork of Creator/PBSKids which originated from {{UsefulNotes/Philadelphia}}. Originally launched as a Video on Demand service, Sprout replaced the 24/7 PBS Kids network in 2005. It was a partnership of Sesame Workshop, Apax Partners (a share owned by Creator/HiTEntertainment prior to its purchase by Mattel), PBS and [=NBCUniversal=] (via the Comcast merger). The latter company became the sole owner late in 2013, with NBCU's international kids' channel joint venture [=KidsCo=] ending in the process.

Since its creation, Sprout has had a regular feature in "The Sunny Side Up Show," a morning block with live hosts and the channel's kazoo-voiced puppet mascot Chica the chicken (who received her own series, ''The Chica Show'', in 2012). It also regularly aired "The Good Night Show," a block of programming themed around getting children for bed. Notably, unlike most U.S. networks of this type (i.e. Nick Jr., Disney Junior), Sprout actually aired advertising in-between programs. They had a stated policy of only airing ads targeted at children's parents, rather than children themselves, though naturally some ads might blur those lines.

In July 2012, Sprout kicked Creator/{{Qubo}} to the curb and took over programming NBC and Telemundo's Saturday morning blocks, under the names NBC Kids and [=MiTelemundo=] respectively. With the demise of Creator/{{Vortexx}}, NBC Kids became the last traditional Saturday morning block on a major English-language U.S. commercial TV network to air [[SaturdayMorningCartoon cartoons]], albeit of an educational nature. The block would come to an end in October on 2016, replaced by a Litton Entertainment block branded "The More You Know", based off NBC's long running series of {{public service announcement}}s.

On April 30, 2017, Sprout general manager Deirdre Brennan [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/business/media/nbcuniversal-childrens-channel.html?_r=0 announced]] that [=NBCUniversal=] Cable would relaunch Sprout, effective September 9, and re-brand the network as '''Creator/UniversalKids''' in an attempt to broaden the channel's demographics. Under this new structure, the Sprout brand will be used for preschool programming, running from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m, while Universal Kids will focus on children's content from the Universal archives. Content will include those from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation (and its subsidiary [=DreamWorks=] Classics), and potentially Universal Animation Studios, Creator/WalterLantz Productions and Creator/IlluminationEntertainment. Additionally, it will also carry both live-action and animated original programming, with the channel's inaugural show being ''Top Chef Junior'', a spin-off of the Bravo RealityShow ''Series/TopChef'', as well as a revival of ''Series/BeatTheClock'' with kids as contestants. If the effort goes well, this could potentially make the channel a viable competitor to Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, among others.

Despite this, it should be noted that [[BrokenBase not everyone is happy with the revamp]], especially those that had witnessed what [=NBCUniversal=] had done to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} other]] [[Creator/{{G4TV}} networks]] under its wings. A number of people see this as ExecutiveMeddling, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork network screwing]] and/or NetworkDecay, and those who subscribed to the channel for its wholesome educational content are especially weary of the change. It doesn't help that despite being a rebrand, preschool programming still makes up the majority of the channel's airtime, likening Universal Kids' to a youth-oriented Creator/AdultSwim or a less-raunchy [[Creator/NickJr NickMom]]. Ultimately, the concerns came to fruition as Universal Kids eventually did away with the Sprout branding in January 2018, leaving the preschool channels under the regular Universal Kids branding.

!The following programs were broadcast on Sprout in the United States (a (*) indicates it aired on NBC Kids prior to that block's ending):
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Astroblast}}'' (*)
* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears''
* ''Boj''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}''
* ''The Chica Show'' (*)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' (The {{remake}}; *)
* ''WesternAnimation/ChloesCloset''
* ''Earth To Luna!'' (*)
* ''Floogals'' (*)
* ''The Good Night Show'' (nighttime programming block)
* ''WesternAnimation/LilysDriftwoodBay''
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePeople'' (2013 reboot, started airing in March 2016)
* ''Literature/MayaTheBee'' (2014 movie and series)
* ''Noodle and Doodle'' (*)
* ''Jim Henson's [[Series/ThePajanimals Pajanimals]]'' (*)
* ''Nina's Little Fables''
* ''WesternAnimation/NinasWorld'' (*)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy, Toyland Detective]]''
* ''Poppy Cat'' (*)
* ''Ruff Ruff, Tweet, and Dave'' (*)
* ''WesternAnimation/SarahAndDuck''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceRacers''
* ''Stella and Sam''
* ''The Sunny Side Up Show'' (morning programming block)
* ''Anime/SuperWings''
* ''Tree Fu Tom'' (*)
* ''Zerby Derby''
* ''Zou'' (US only, airs in foreign markets on Disney Junior; *)

!The following programs no longer air on Sprout but were previously seen on either the channel or on demand:
* ''64 Zoo Lane'' [[/index]](Previously seen on [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]] as part of ''It's Itsy Bitsy Time!'' and then on [[Creator/NickJr Noggin]])[[index]]
* ''Angelina Ballerina'' (the original series)
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps''
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder''
* ''Big Sister, Little Brother''
* ''Literature/BramblyHedge''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPugwash''
* ''[[ComicBook/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis and Gnasher]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''
* ''Driver Dan's Story Train''
* ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam''
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks'' (remains available on demand in Spanish)
* ''Series/TheHoobs''
* ''James the Cat''
* ''WesternAnimation/JustinTime'' (*; U.S. only -- airs on Family Junior (the former Disney Junior prior to Disney's deal with Corus) in Canada; owner DHX Media has signed a deal to co-produce the third season, which will otherwise air exclusively on {{Netflix}} in its current territories)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kipper}}''
* ''Series/LazyTown'' (*)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Make Way For Noddy]]'' (*)
* ''Monkey See, Monkey Do''
* ''Olive the Ostrich''
* ''Panwapa''
* ''Percy the Park Keeper''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}''
* ''Series/PlayWithMeSesame'' (the show has moved to Creator/{{HBO}})
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rubbadubbers}}''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Dirtgirlworld}} dirtgirlworld]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MamaMirabellesHomeMovies'' (available on demand)
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (the show has moved to Creator/{{HBO}})
* ''WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid''
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas & Friends]]''
* ''Wibbly Pig''
* ''Music/TheWiggles'' (*)

!These programs air on [=MiTelemundo=] and Sprout (Spanish for the former):
* ''WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane'' (previously offered in English on the U.S. Sprout)
* ''The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon''
* ''Series/WimziesHouse''
* ''Raggs Kids Club Band''
* ''Noodle and Doodle''
[[/index]]
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18th Sep '17 8:28:32 PM MegaJ
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18th Sep '17 8:28:20 PM MegaJ
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[[quoteright:281:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/374px-sprout_logo_svg_9275.png]]
[[caption-width-right:281:Free to Grow]]

Sprout (formerly PBS Kids Sprout) was a cable/satellite network that originated as a subnetwork of PBSKids which originated from {{UsefulNotes/Philadelphia}}. Originally launched as a Video on Demand service, Sprout replaced the 24/7 PBS Kids network in 2005. It was a partnership of Sesame Workshop, Apax Partners (a share owned by HITEntertainment prior to its purchase by Mattel), PBS and [=NBCUniversal=] (via the Comcast merger). The latter company became the sole owner late in 2013, with NBCU's international kids' channel joint venture [=KidsCo=] ending in the process.

Sprout was known for their themed blocks of programming. Since its creation, it has had a regular feature in "The Sunny Side Up Show," a morning block with live hosts and the channel's kazoo-voiced puppet mascot Chica the chicken (who received her own series, ''The Chica Show'', in 2012) that even airs original content on holidays such as Christmas. It also regularly aired "The Good Night Show," a block of programming themed around getting children for bed. The program was originally hosted by Melanie Martinez (no, not [[Music/MelanieMartinez that one]]), prior to Sprout's learning that she had appeared in a parody public service announcement for an online service titled "TechnicalVirgin". Following a brief series of guest stints, including Noel [=MacNeal=] (Bear of ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''), the program found a new regular host in Michele Lepe, known on the program as "Nina"; she interacts with another puppet character, Star (a - you guessed it - sentient star). Sprout's on-air continuity once partially consisted of miniseries "The Wiggly Waffle Show" and "The Super Sproutlet Show". As of 2015, though, they've more or less stopped with this.

Sprout maintained an [[http://www.sproutonline.com official website]] where much of their content could be viewed, and also continued their Video-on-Demand service, which features programs available in Spanish (including some no longer aired in English on Sprout) and from time-to-time other programming that has never actually aired on the main Sprout network. They have also sponsored a number of public service initiatives, such as "The Great Sprout Tuck-In" and "Kindness Counts", and each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning air a "[[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica snooze-a-thon]]," which depicts the characters from their various programs sleeping, in order to encourage children that they, too, should be asleep. This has been made available on-demand, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMYJ05SYfDI officially, for free, online.]] All programming on Sprout is rated TV-Y.

Notably, unlike most U.S. networks of this type (i.e. Nick Jr., Disney Junior), Sprout actually aired advertising in-between programs. They had a stated policy of only airing ads targeted at children's parents, rather than children themselves, though naturally some ads might blur those lines. (Ads for ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' aired after [=NBCUniversal=] gained ownership of the channel, as have ads for direct-to-video movie ''Franchise/{{Barbie}} Mariposa & The Fairy Princess'', distributed by Universal.)

In July 2012, Sprout kicked {{Qubo}} to the curb and took over programming NBC and Telemundo's Saturday morning blocks, under the names NBC Kids and [=MiTelemundo=] respectively. With the demise of Creator/{{Vortexx}}, NBC Kids became the last traditional Saturday morning block on a major English-language U.S. commercial TV network to air [[SaturdayMorningCartoon cartoons]], albeit of an educational nature. The block would come to an end in October on 2016, replaced by a Litton Entertainment block branded "The More You Know", based off NBC's long running series of {{public service announcement}}s. On another note, despite PBS no longer owning a stake, several PBS Kids shows still aired on the network until their contract to do so (except ''Caillou'' and ''The Berenstain Bears'', the latter of which hasn't been seen on PBS nationally in years) expired on September 26, 2015.

On April 30, 2017, Sprout general manager Deirdre Brennan [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/business/media/nbcuniversal-childrens-channel.html?_r=0 announced]] that [=NBCUniversal=] Cable would relaunch Sprout, effective September 9, and re-brand the network as '''Universal Kids''' in an attempt to broaden the channel's demographics.

Under this new structure, the Sprout brand will be used for preschool programming, running from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m, while Universal Kids will focus on children's content from the Universal archives. Content will include those from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation (and its subsidiary [=DreamWorks=] Classics), and potentially Universal Animation Studios, Creator/WalterLantz Productions and Creator/IlluminationEntertainment. Additionally, it will also carry both live-action and animated original programming, with the channel's inaugural show being ''Top Chef Junior'', a spin-off of the Bravo RealityShow ''Series/TopChef'', as well as a revival of ''Series/BeatTheClock'' with kids as contestants. If the effort goes well, this could potentially make the channel a viable competitor to Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, among others.

Despite this, it should be noted that [[BrokenBase not everyone is happy with the revamp]], especially those that had witnessed what [=NBCUniversal=] had done to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} other]] [[Creator/{{G4TV}} networks]] under its wings. A number of people see this as ExecutiveMeddling, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork network screwing]] and/or NetworkDecay, and those who subscribed to the channel for its wholesome educational content are especially weary of the change. It doesn't help that despite being a rebrand, preschool programming still makes up the majority of the channel's airtime, likening Universal Kids' to a youth-oriented Creator/AdultSwim or a less-raunchy [[Creator/NickJr NickMom]].

Time will tell how this will turn out.

!The following programs were broadcast on Sprout in the United States (a (*) indicates it aired on NBC Kids prior to that block's ending):
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Astroblast}}'' (*)
* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears''
* ''Boj''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}''
* ''The Chica Show'' (*)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' (The {{remake}}; *)
* ''WesternAnimation/ChloesCloset''
* ''Earth To Luna!'' (*)
* ''Floogals'' (*)
* ''The Good Night Show'' (nighttime programming block)
* ''WesternAnimation/LilysDriftwoodBay''
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePeople'' (2013 reboot, started airing in March 2016)
* ''Literature/MayaTheBee'' (2014 movie and series)
* ''Noodle and Doodle'' (*)
* ''Jim Henson's [[Series/ThePajanimals Pajanimals]]'' (*)
* ''Nina's Little Fables''
* ''WesternAnimation/NinasWorld'' (*)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy, Toyland Detective]]''
* ''Poppy Cat'' (*)
* ''Ruff Ruff, Tweet, and Dave'' (*)
* ''WesternAnimation/SarahAndDuck''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceRacers''
* ''Stella and Sam''
* ''The Sunny Side Up Show'' (morning programming block)
* ''Anime/SuperWings''
* ''Tree Fu Tom'' (*)
* ''Zerby Derby''
* ''Zou'' (US only, airs in foreign markets on Disney Junior; *)

!The following programs no longer air on Sprout but were previously seen on either the channel or on demand:
* ''64 Zoo Lane'' [[/index]](Previously seen on [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]] as part of ''It's Itsy Bitsy Time!'' and then on [[Creator/NickJr Noggin]])[[index]]
* ''Angelina Ballerina'' (the original series)
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps''
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder''
* ''Big Sister, Little Brother''
* ''Literature/BramblyHedge''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPugwash''
* ''[[ComicBook/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis and Gnasher]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''
* ''Driver Dan's Story Train''
* ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam''
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks'' (remains available on demand in Spanish)
* ''Series/TheHoobs''
* ''James the Cat''
* ''WesternAnimation/JustinTime'' (*; U.S. only -- airs on Family Junior (the former Disney Junior prior to Disney's deal with Corus) in Canada; owner DHX Media has signed a deal to co-produce the third season, which will otherwise air exclusively on {{Netflix}} in its current territories)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kipper}}''
* ''Series/LazyTown'' (*)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Make Way For Noddy]]'' (*)
* ''Monkey See, Monkey Do''
* ''Olive the Ostrich''
* ''Panwapa''
* ''Percy the Park Keeper''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}''
* ''Series/PlayWithMeSesame'' (the show has moved to Creator/{{HBO}})
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rubbadubbers}}''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Dirtgirlworld}} dirtgirlworld]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MamaMirabellesHomeMovies'' (available on demand)
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (the show has moved to Creator/{{HBO}})
* ''WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid''
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas & Friends]]''
* ''Wibbly Pig''
* ''Music/TheWiggles'' (*)

!These programs air on [=MiTelemundo=] and Sprout (Spanish for the former):
* ''WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane'' (previously offered in English on the U.S. Sprout)
* ''The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon''
* ''Series/WimziesHouse''
* ''Raggs Kids Club Band''
* ''Noodle and Doodle''
[[/index]]
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[[caption-width-right:281:Free to Grow]]

Sprout (formerly PBS Kids Sprout) was a cable/satellite network that originated as a subnetwork of PBSKids which originated from {{UsefulNotes/Philadelphia}}. Originally launched as a Video on Demand service, Sprout replaced the 24/7 PBS Kids network in 2005. It was a partnership of Sesame Workshop, Apax Partners (a share owned by HITEntertainment prior to its purchase by Mattel), PBS and [=NBCUniversal=] (via the Comcast merger). The latter company became the sole owner late in 2013, with NBCU's international kids' channel joint venture [=KidsCo=] ending in the process.

Sprout was known for their themed blocks of programming. Since its creation, it has had a regular feature in "The Sunny Side Up Show," a morning block with live hosts and the channel's kazoo-voiced puppet mascot Chica the chicken (who received her own series, ''The Chica Show'', in 2012) that even airs original content on holidays such as Christmas. It also regularly aired "The Good Night Show," a block of programming themed around getting children for bed. The program was originally hosted by Melanie Martinez (no, not [[Music/MelanieMartinez that one]]), prior to Sprout's learning that she had appeared in a parody public service announcement for an online service titled "TechnicalVirgin". Following a brief series of guest stints, including Noel [=MacNeal=] (Bear of ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''), the program found a new regular host in Michele Lepe, known on the program as "Nina"; she interacts with another puppet character, Star (a - you guessed it - sentient star). Sprout's on-air continuity once partially consisted of miniseries "The Wiggly Waffle Show" and "The Super Sproutlet Show". As of 2015, though, they've more or less stopped with this.

Sprout maintained an [[http://www.sproutonline.com official website]] where much of their content could be viewed, and also continued their Video-on-Demand service, which features programs available in Spanish (including some no longer aired in English on Sprout) and from time-to-time other programming that has never actually aired on the main Sprout network. They have also sponsored a number of public service initiatives, such as "The Great Sprout Tuck-In" and "Kindness Counts", and each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning air a "[[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica snooze-a-thon]]," which depicts the characters from their various programs sleeping, in order to encourage children that they, too, should be asleep. This has been made available on-demand, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMYJ05SYfDI officially, for free, online.]] All programming on Sprout is rated TV-Y.

Notably, unlike most U.S. networks of this type (i.e. Nick Jr., Disney Junior), Sprout actually aired advertising in-between programs. They had a stated policy of only airing ads targeted at children's parents, rather than children themselves, though naturally some ads might blur those lines. (Ads for ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' aired after [=NBCUniversal=] gained ownership of the channel, as have ads for direct-to-video movie ''Franchise/{{Barbie}} Mariposa & The Fairy Princess'', distributed by Universal.)

In July 2012, Sprout kicked {{Qubo}} to the curb and took over programming NBC and Telemundo's Saturday morning blocks, under the names NBC Kids and [=MiTelemundo=] respectively. With the demise of Creator/{{Vortexx}}, NBC Kids became the last traditional Saturday morning block on a major English-language U.S. commercial TV network to air [[SaturdayMorningCartoon cartoons]], albeit of an educational nature. The block would come to an end in October on 2016, replaced by a Litton Entertainment block branded "The More You Know", based off NBC's long running series of {{public service announcement}}s. On another note, despite PBS no longer owning a stake, several PBS Kids shows still aired on the network until their contract to do so (except ''Caillou'' and ''The Berenstain Bears'', the latter of which hasn't been seen on PBS nationally in years) expired on September 26, 2015.

On April 30, 2017, Sprout general manager Deirdre Brennan [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/business/media/nbcuniversal-childrens-channel.html?_r=0 announced]] that [=NBCUniversal=] Cable would relaunch Sprout, effective September 9, and re-brand the network as '''Universal Kids''' in an attempt to broaden the channel's demographics.

Under this new structure, the Sprout brand will be used for preschool programming, running from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m, while Universal Kids will focus on children's content from the Universal archives. Content will include those from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation (and its subsidiary [=DreamWorks=] Classics), and potentially Universal Animation Studios, Creator/WalterLantz Productions and Creator/IlluminationEntertainment. Additionally, it will also carry both live-action and animated original programming, with the channel's inaugural show being ''Top Chef Junior'', a spin-off of the Bravo RealityShow ''Series/TopChef'', as well as a revival of ''Series/BeatTheClock'' with kids as contestants. If the effort goes well, this could potentially make the channel a viable competitor to Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, among others.

Despite this, it should be noted that [[BrokenBase not everyone is happy with the revamp]], especially those that had witnessed what [=NBCUniversal=] had done to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} other]] [[Creator/{{G4TV}} networks]] under its wings. A number of people see this as ExecutiveMeddling, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork network screwing]] and/or NetworkDecay, and those who subscribed to the channel for its wholesome educational content are especially weary of the change. It doesn't help that despite being a rebrand, preschool programming still makes up the majority of the channel's airtime, likening Universal Kids' to a youth-oriented Creator/AdultSwim or a less-raunchy [[Creator/NickJr NickMom]].

Time will tell how this will turn out.

!The following programs were broadcast on Sprout in the United States (a (*) indicates it aired on NBC Kids prior to that block's ending):
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Astroblast}}'' (*)
* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears''
* ''Boj''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}''
* ''The Chica Show'' (*)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheClangers'' (The {{remake}}; *)
* ''WesternAnimation/ChloesCloset''
* ''Earth To Luna!'' (*)
* ''Floogals'' (*)
* ''The Good Night Show'' (nighttime programming block)
* ''WesternAnimation/LilysDriftwoodBay''
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlePeople'' (2013 reboot, started airing in March 2016)
* ''Literature/MayaTheBee'' (2014 movie and series)
* ''Noodle and Doodle'' (*)
* ''Jim Henson's [[Series/ThePajanimals Pajanimals]]'' (*)
* ''Nina's Little Fables''
* ''WesternAnimation/NinasWorld'' (*)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Noddy, Toyland Detective]]''
* ''Poppy Cat'' (*)
* ''Ruff Ruff, Tweet, and Dave'' (*)
* ''WesternAnimation/SarahAndDuck''
* ''WesternAnimation/SpaceRacers''
* ''Stella and Sam''
* ''The Sunny Side Up Show'' (morning programming block)
* ''Anime/SuperWings''
* ''Tree Fu Tom'' (*)
* ''Zerby Derby''
* ''Zou'' (US only, airs in foreign markets on Disney Junior; *)

!The following programs no longer air on Sprout but were previously seen on either the channel or on demand:
* ''64 Zoo Lane'' [[/index]](Previously seen on [[Creator/ABCFamily Fox Family]] as part of ''It's Itsy Bitsy Time!'' and then on [[Creator/NickJr Noggin]])[[index]]
* ''Angelina Ballerina'' (the original series)
* ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps''
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends''
* ''WesternAnimation/BobTheBuilder''
* ''Big Sister, Little Brother''
* ''Literature/BramblyHedge''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPugwash''
* ''[[ComicBook/DennisTheMenaceUK Dennis and Gnasher]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales''
* ''Driver Dan's Story Train''
* ''WesternAnimation/FiremanSam''
* ''WesternAnimation/GeorgeShrinks'' (remains available on demand in Spanish)
* ''Series/TheHoobs''
* ''James the Cat''
* ''WesternAnimation/JustinTime'' (*; U.S. only -- airs on Family Junior (the former Disney Junior prior to Disney's deal with Corus) in Canada; owner DHX Media has signed a deal to co-produce the third season, which will otherwise air exclusively on {{Netflix}} in its current territories)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kipper}}''
* ''Series/LazyTown'' (*)
* ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Make Way For Noddy]]'' (*)
* ''Monkey See, Monkey Do''
* ''Olive the Ostrich''
* ''Panwapa''
* ''Percy the Park Keeper''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}''
* ''Series/PlayWithMeSesame'' (the show has moved to Creator/{{HBO}})
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rubbadubbers}}''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Dirtgirlworld}} dirtgirlworld]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/MamaMirabellesHomeMovies'' (available on demand)
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (the show has moved to Creator/{{HBO}})
* ''WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid''
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine Thomas & Friends]]''
* ''Wibbly Pig''
* ''Music/TheWiggles'' (*)

!These programs air on [=MiTelemundo=] and Sprout (Spanish for the former):
* ''WesternAnimation/JayJayTheJetPlane'' (previously offered in English on the U.S. Sprout)
* ''The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon''
* ''Series/WimziesHouse''
* ''Raggs Kids Club Band''
* ''Noodle and Doodle''
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14th Sep '17 7:54:06 AM MarcoPolo250
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On April 30, 2017, Sprout general manager Deirdre Brennan [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/business/media/nbcuniversal-childrens-channel.html?_r=0 announced]] that [=NBCUniversal=] Cable would relaunch Sprout, effective September 9, and re-brand the network as '''Universal Kids''' in an attempt to broaden the channel's demographics. Under this new structure, the Sprout brand will be used for preschool programming, running from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m, while Universal Kids will focus on children's content from the Universal archives. Content will include those from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation (and its subsidiary [=DreamWorks=] Classics), and potentially Universal Animation Studios, Creator/WalterLantz Productions and Creator/IlluminationEntertainment. Additionally, it will also carry both live-action and animated original programming, with the channel's inaugural show being ''Top Chef Junior'', a spin-off of the Bravo RealityShow ''Series/TopChef'', as well as a revival of ''Series/BeatTheClock'' with kids as contestants.

If the effort goes well, this could potentially make the channel a viable competitor to [[Creator/DisneyChannel the]] [[Creator/CartoonNetwork big]] [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} three]] kids' networks, among others. It should be noted that not everyone is happy with the revamp however, especially those that had witnessed what [=NBCUniversal=] had done to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} other]] [[Creator/{{G4TV}} networks]] under its wings. A number of people see this as ExecutiveMeddling, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork network screwing]] and/or NetworkDecay, and those who subscribed to the channel for its wholesome educational content are especially weary of the change. Time will tell how this will turn out.

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On April 30, 2017, Sprout general manager Deirdre Brennan [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/business/media/nbcuniversal-childrens-channel.html?_r=0 announced]] that [=NBCUniversal=] Cable would relaunch Sprout, effective September 9, and re-brand the network as '''Universal Kids''' in an attempt to broaden the channel's demographics.

Under this new structure, the Sprout brand will be used for preschool programming, running from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m, while Universal Kids will focus on children's content from the Universal archives. Content will include those from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation (and its subsidiary [=DreamWorks=] Classics), and potentially Universal Animation Studios, Creator/WalterLantz Productions and Creator/IlluminationEntertainment. Additionally, it will also carry both live-action and animated original programming, with the channel's inaugural show being ''Top Chef Junior'', a spin-off of the Bravo RealityShow ''Series/TopChef'', as well as a revival of ''Series/BeatTheClock'' with kids as contestants. If the effort goes well, this could potentially make the channel a viable competitor to Creator/DisneyChannel and Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}, among others.

If the effort goes well, this could potentially make the channel a viable competitor to [[Creator/DisneyChannel the]] [[Creator/CartoonNetwork big]] [[Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} three]] kids' networks, among others. It Despite this, it should be noted that [[BrokenBase not everyone is happy with the revamp however, revamp]], especially those that had witnessed what [=NBCUniversal=] had done to [[Creator/{{Syfy}} other]] [[Creator/{{G4TV}} networks]] under its wings. A number of people see this as ExecutiveMeddling, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork network screwing]] and/or NetworkDecay, and those who subscribed to the channel for its wholesome educational content are especially weary of the change. It doesn't help that despite being a rebrand, preschool programming still makes up the majority of the channel's airtime, likening Universal Kids' to a youth-oriented Creator/AdultSwim or a less-raunchy [[Creator/NickJr NickMom]].

Time will tell how this will turn out.
10th Sep '17 9:13:12 AM mimitchi33
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Sprout (formerly PBS Kids Sprout) is a cable/satellite network that originated as a subnetwork of PBSKids which originates from {{UsefulNotes/Philadelphia}}. Originally launched as a Video on Demand service, Sprout replaced the 24/7 PBS Kids network in 2005. It was a partnership of Sesame Workshop, Apax Partners (a share owned by HITEntertainment prior to its purchase by Mattel), PBS and [=NBCUniversal=] (via the Comcast merger). The latter company became the sole owner late in 2013, with NBCU's international kids' channel joint venture [=KidsCo=] ending in the process.

Sprout is known for their themed blocks of programming. Since its creation, it has had a regular feature in "The Sunny Side Up Show," a morning block with live hosts and the channel's kazoo-voiced puppet mascot Chica the chicken (who received her own series, ''The Chica Show'', in 2012) that even airs original content on holidays such as Christmas. It also regularly airs "The Good Night Show," a block of programming themed around getting children for bed. The program was originally hosted by Melanie Martinez (no, not [[Music/MelanieMartinez that one]]), prior to Sprout's learning that she had appeared in a parody public service announcement for an online service titled "TechnicalVirgin". Following a brief series of guest stints, including Noel [=MacNeal=] (Bear of ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''), the program found a new regular host in Michele Lepe, known on the program as "Nina"; she interacts with another puppet character, Star (a - you guessed it - sentient star). Sprout's on-air continuity once partially consisted of miniseries "The Wiggly Waffle Show" and "The Super Sproutlet Show". As of 2015, though, they've more or less stopped with this.

Sprout maintains an [[http://www.sproutonline.com official website]] where much of their content can be viewed, and also continues their Video-on-Demand service, which features programs available in Spanish (including some no longer aired in English on Sprout) and from time-to-time other programming that has never actually aired on the main Sprout network. They have also sponsored a number of public service initiatives, such as "The Great Sprout Tuck-In" and "Kindness Counts", and each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning air a "[[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica snooze-a-thon]]," which depicts the characters from their various programs sleeping, in order to encourage children that they, too, should be asleep. This has been made available on-demand, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMYJ05SYfDI officially, for free, online.]] All programming on Sprout is rated TV-Y.

Notably, unlike most U.S. networks of this type (i.e. Nick Jr., Disney Junior), Sprout actually airs advertising in-between programs. They have a stated policy of only airing ads targeted at children's parents, rather than children themselves, though naturally some ads might blur those lines. (Ads for ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' aired after [=NBCUniversal=] gained ownership of the channel, as have ads for direct-to-video movie ''Franchise/{{Barbie}} Mariposa & The Fairy Princess'', distributed by Universal.)

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Sprout (formerly PBS Kids Sprout) is was a cable/satellite network that originated as a subnetwork of PBSKids which originates originated from {{UsefulNotes/Philadelphia}}. Originally launched as a Video on Demand service, Sprout replaced the 24/7 PBS Kids network in 2005. It was a partnership of Sesame Workshop, Apax Partners (a share owned by HITEntertainment prior to its purchase by Mattel), PBS and [=NBCUniversal=] (via the Comcast merger). The latter company became the sole owner late in 2013, with NBCU's international kids' channel joint venture [=KidsCo=] ending in the process.

Sprout is was known for their themed blocks of programming. Since its creation, it has had a regular feature in "The Sunny Side Up Show," a morning block with live hosts and the channel's kazoo-voiced puppet mascot Chica the chicken (who received her own series, ''The Chica Show'', in 2012) that even airs original content on holidays such as Christmas. It also regularly airs aired "The Good Night Show," a block of programming themed around getting children for bed. The program was originally hosted by Melanie Martinez (no, not [[Music/MelanieMartinez that one]]), prior to Sprout's learning that she had appeared in a parody public service announcement for an online service titled "TechnicalVirgin". Following a brief series of guest stints, including Noel [=MacNeal=] (Bear of ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''), the program found a new regular host in Michele Lepe, known on the program as "Nina"; she interacts with another puppet character, Star (a - you guessed it - sentient star). Sprout's on-air continuity once partially consisted of miniseries "The Wiggly Waffle Show" and "The Super Sproutlet Show". As of 2015, though, they've more or less stopped with this.

Sprout maintains maintained an [[http://www.sproutonline.com official website]] where much of their content can could be viewed, and also continues continued their Video-on-Demand service, which features programs available in Spanish (including some no longer aired in English on Sprout) and from time-to-time other programming that has never actually aired on the main Sprout network. They have also sponsored a number of public service initiatives, such as "The Great Sprout Tuck-In" and "Kindness Counts", and each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning air a "[[UsefulNotes/ChristmasInAmerica snooze-a-thon]]," which depicts the characters from their various programs sleeping, in order to encourage children that they, too, should be asleep. This has been made available on-demand, and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMYJ05SYfDI officially, for free, online.]] All programming on Sprout is rated TV-Y.

Notably, unlike most U.S. networks of this type (i.e. Nick Jr., Disney Junior), Sprout actually airs aired advertising in-between programs. They have had a stated policy of only airing ads targeted at children's parents, rather than children themselves, though naturally some ads might blur those lines. (Ads for ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'' aired after [=NBCUniversal=] gained ownership of the channel, as have ads for direct-to-video movie ''Franchise/{{Barbie}} Mariposa & The Fairy Princess'', distributed by Universal.)



!The following programs are broadcast on Sprout in the United States (a (*) indicates it aired on NBC Kids prior to that block's ending):

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!The following programs are were broadcast on Sprout in the United States (a (*) indicates it aired on NBC Kids prior to that block's ending):



* ''Make Way For Noddy'' (*)

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* ''Make ''[[WesternAnimation/NoddysToylandAdventures Make Way For Noddy'' Noddy]]'' (*)



* ''Dudley the Dragon''

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* ''Dudley ''The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon''
9th Sep '17 5:22:09 PM Axelmania
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* ''Super Wings''

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* ''Super Wings''''Anime/SuperWings''
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* ''Literature/Brambly Hedge''

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* ''Literature/Brambly Hedge''''Literature/BramblyHedge''
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