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Sprout was a cable/satellite network that originated as a subnetwork of PBS Kids which originated from Philadelphia. Originally launched as a Video on Demand service, Sprout replaced the original 24/7 PBS Kids network in 2005note . It was a partnership of Sesame Workshop, Apax Partners (a share owned by HiT Entertainment 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 kazoo-voiced puppet 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 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 Vortexx, NBC Kids became the very last traditional Saturday morning blocks on a major English-language U.S. commercial TV network to air 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 announcements. note 

On April 30, 2017, Sprout general manager Deirdre Brennan 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.


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

The following programs no longer air on Sprout but were previously seen on either the channel or on demand:

Alternative Title(s): PBS Kids Sprout, NBC Kids


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