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Qubo (/ˈkjuːboʊ/ KEW-boh; stylized as qubo) was an American entertainment brand for children between the ages of 5 and 14. Owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, it consisted of a 24-hour free-to-air television network alternatively known as "Qubo Channel" (available as a digital terrestrial television service on owned-and-operated stations and some affiliates of corporate sister Ion Television, as well as on some pay-TV providers), a video on demand service, and a weekly programming block on Ion Television and Ion Plus.
Following Ion Media's acquisition by the E. W. Scripps Company, Qubo Channel ceased operations on February 26, 2021 on AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS. It kept chugging along on Vizio's WatchFree service before silently ending on an episode of Inspector Gadget (1983).
Why It Was A Party For Everyone
- The idea of a free-to-air TV channel that airs both e/i and NON e/i programs is great.
- It along with PBS Kids gave kids who couldn't afford cable some good shows to watch.
- Had some great shows, like:
- Stickin' Around
- Not only did they air this show from Nick Jr, but they also aired Franklin and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast.
- My Friend Rabbit
- The BatteryPOP segments
- Sitting Ducks
- Inspector Gadget
- The Magic School Bus
- Being Ian
- Sally Bollywood: Super Detrective.
- Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series
- This was the only HiT Entertainment show to air on the block.
- The block, Qubo Night Owl, was great.
- The channel aired some shows from the United Kingdom, which was a great way of exposing these shows to American children, such as Postman Pat and the original UK versions of Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam.
- It was nostalgic for many kids from the US who didn't have cable.
- The schedule (2006-2018) was very balanced.
- The blocks Qubo on NBC and Qubo on Ion were very memorable.
- All the bumpers (and the 2013-2021 ones to a lesser extent) were very creative and animated cleanly.
- Speaking of the Night Owl block, its lineup had some awesome shows, like He-man, Ghostbusters (no relation to the film series), Sitting Ducks and others.
- Even in its later years, Qubo was still great and aired lots of nice shows, unlike other networks.
- The channel went slightly downhill in 2019 (because of the deletion of Qubo Night Owl), before collapsing all together in late February of 2021.
- It aired some bad/mediocre shows, like The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Bob the Builder (2015), the CGI seasons of Fireman Sam (albeit airing the original UK version), Eliot Kid, Scaredy Sqirrel, Pecola, Mickey's Farm, Chirp and The DaVincibles.
- Despite being an American network, it would sometimes air the original UK dubs of British shows for some reason.
- In later years, (like from 2016 to 2021) they would air each show twice for one hour, which can get annoying and trigger impatience in people waiting for the next show.
- Qubo had an Ion Plus block from September 2020 until February 2021.