Nickelodeon
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Nickelodeon is an American TV cable channel that launched in April 1979. It features educational and entertaining programming geared toward kids.

Originally, it was tested in 1977 as part of QUBE — a cable TV system that was broadcast locally in Columbus, Ohio — which aired an educational show created by Vivian Horner, Pinwheel. QUBE’s C-3 channel was soon expanded to broadcasting nationwide as Nickelodeon; its owner, Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, sold Nickelodeon to Viacom in 1986.


  • Founders: Vivian Horner/Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment
  • Launched: April 1, 1979
  • Owner: ViacomCBS
  • How to watch: Cable TV provider or through a paid subscription to a streaming service such as DirecTV Stream, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or YouTube TV
  • Top programs: Rugrats, SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Drake & Josh, iCarly, The Wild Thornberrys, Fairly OddParents, The Loud House, PAW Patrol, All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Blue’s Clues, Bubble Guppies, Danny Phantom, and Kenan & Kel
  • Best known for: Kids programming focused on learning and entertainment

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