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Qubo Channel is the now-defunct 24-hour standalone digital broadcast television network, carried via the -DT2 digital subchannel of ION's affiliates, began broadcasting on January 8, 2007.[1] Qubo’s digital channel initially launched with a rolling four-hour block of children’s programming. Almost all of the programming also comes with an alternate Spanish language soundtrack via the SAP channel, and Spanish closed captioning via CC3.

On December 3, 2007, Qubo expanded its offerings on the digital channel to include shows from other producers, as well as some programming currently seen on the main Qubo block on NBC. In addition, the block was expanded to a 6-hour block, seen four times each day.[2]

In January 2008, ION Media Networks and Comcast reached an agreement to continue carrying ION's bouquet of digital channels; Ion Television, Qubo and ION Life.[3][4] ION is currently seeking the inquiry of the Federal Communications Commission for must-carry cable and satellite carriage of Qubo.[5]

Block

Main article: Qubo Night Owl
Cartoonverse - Qubo -4

Qubo Night Owl was shown on the Qubo channel.

The same date Qubo's Night Owl was released, the network began officially advertising itself as "Qubo Channel" (which the NBC and Ion Television blocks already referred to the channel as in promos for the channel's programming on those networks' qubo-branded blocks) instead of simply "Qubo" in order to discern the channel from the Qubo-branded blocks on NBC, Telemundo and Ion Television.

While there is no Qubo channel available on either Dish Network or DirecTV, the channel entitled "ION West" airs a Qubo block from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm every day.

Mascots

From 2009 to late 2011, Qubo had two mascots: Eizan Kaburagi and Ami Saeki.

Eizan Kaburagi

Cartoonverse - Shuriken School Students -

One of the Qubo's two mascots that were from 2009-2011.

Eizan Kaburagi is a 10-year old student, a character and the main protagonist of the animated series, Shuriken School. He is voiced by Nathan Kress.

Background

Eizan has no idea that there is a bomb running through his veins. His DNA is linked to that of the best ninja clan that ever existed, the Kaburagi Clan. It is hinted that he has a crush on Okuni and also has a rivalry with Naginata. His weapon is a green plastic ruler.

He was an only child who was raised in an oriental working-class family (with Mr. and Mrs. Kaburagi, his parents) from Tokirohama.

Unaware of this, Eizan just wants to achieve his childhood dream and sole aim of becoming a ninja and avoid selling rice balls, then he is about to get there! His acceptance at Shuriken turns his boring life at home around 180°, making him the youngest person at the school in the most.

Personality

Eizan is intelligent, hardworking, eager to learn, absent-minded and lively. Also, when things have gone wrong for him and without ideas at Shuriken School, he was used to being clumsy (as shown in the episode "Phantom of the Kabuki").

Appearance

He is slender with fair skin and black hair, and also, he wears a blue and black ninja suit.

Ami Saeki

Cartoonverse - Shuriken School Students - Ami Saeki

One of the Qubo's two mascots that were from 2009-2011.

Ami Saeki is one of Shuriken School's students and one of the main characters of the animated series, Shuriken School.

Background

She is the only child of her rich, divorced parents. Her enrollment at Shuriken was yet another of her whims and mere pittance for the large fortune in her family, which makes periodic donations, to the school.

However, her excellent physical condition and careful preparation in ballet, rhythmic gymnastics, tennis, piano, riding and other lessons makes her a strong ninja candidate. It is a pity that most of the time she does not want to do the exercises, just because she doesn't feel like it.

And that the Principal grants her privileges (one has to look after a student like Ami), This leads to disturb among her classmates. Her objective at Shuriken is not clear, but with time her attitude becomes gentler and she ends up mastering the ninjitsu techniques, Or at least some, much as the art of disguise and persuasive techniques.

She has a crush on Jimmy B. which is implied in the episode, "Flip Flop of Fury". Daisuke seems to like her quite a lot; however, she does not return the feeling (though she did kiss him once in "Phantom of the Kabuki"). She was initially one of the students selected to go to the cheerleading school but she gave her ticket to Okuni.

Personality

She is very vain, capricious, extremely pretentious, spoiled, feisty and serious, and also, she is constantly obsessing over her appearance. However, her pampered looks conceal a great aptitude for disguise and deception. And she know how to exploit this nausea, taking advantage of both sides. And also, she literally has and does whatever she wants.

Appearance

She is slender with fair skin and yellow blonde hair and also, she wears a sailor fuku-type uniform.

Qubo Channel programs

Shutdown

On March 28, 2012, NBC and Telemundo announced that they would discontinue their Qubo blocks and replace them with NBC Kids and MiTelemundo. Both blocks would be programmed by PBS Kids Sprout, a preschool-oriented television network that came under NBC ownership as part of the merger – on July 7;[6][7][8] forcing Ion Television to discontinued Qubo. At the time, PBS Kids Sprout was a competing joint venture between Comcast, HIT Entertainment, PBS and Sesame Workshop; NBCUniversal acquired full ownership of the cable network in November 2013, and PBS Kids Sprout suddenly became simply Sprout as a result.[9][10]

On March 29, 2012 at 12:00 p.m., all Qubo platforms were discontinued due to the acquisition of NBCUniversal by Comcast, and the channel's final program to air was the episode of the second season of Baby Potter: The Series.

References

  1. qubo 24/7.
  2. qubo Launches as 24-Hour Digital Broadcast Channel on ION Media Networks Station Group.
  3. ION Media Networks and Comcast Announce Affiliation Agreement for Channel Suite, Yahoo!, January 14, 2008
  4. ION Media Plugs In New Comcast Accord, Multichannel News, January 14, 2008
  5. Ion Uses FCC Inquiry on Content Control to Push for Qubo Carriage, MultiChannel News, May 19, 2009
  6. Script error
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  9. Kimberly Nordyke (November 13, 2013). NBCUniversal Acquires Ownership of Kids' Channel Sprout. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.
  10. Keach Hagey (November 13, 2013). NBCUniversal Buys Remainder of Sprout Network. News Corp.. Retrieved on November 14, 2013.

See also

Owned-and-Operated TV Channels
Cartoonverse NetworkQubo ChannelCartoonverse Channel
International Channels
Fun TVJunioritsTVJunior NetworkCitytvToons ChannelAngry Birds ChannelNicktoons NetworkNicktoons/Nick on CBS/Nicktoons/Nicktoons Network/Nick HitsGo!Animate TVXtranormal TVGo!Xtranormal TV
Divisions and Subsidiaries
Divisions: Cartoonverse NetworksGo!Animate Broadcasting, Inc.The Micronesian Network GroupITV plcITV Digital Channels
Subsidiaries: Europe Broadcasting, Inc.QUBO Venture, LLC.
Related sister companies
Cartoonverse NetworksCartoonverse Television
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