Qubo (stylized as qubo) is an American children's entertainment brand owned by Ion Media. It included a 24-hour television channel available with an antenna, a video on demand service, and a weekly programming block on Ion Television under the name "Qubo Kids Corner", which was its sister network, along with the same block on another sister channel, Ion Plus. Qubo closed after Ion Media's acquisition by the E. W. Scripps Company.
|Network||NBC (2006–2012) |
Ion Plus (2020–2021)
|Headquarters||West Palm Beach, Florida|
Spanish (via SAP)
|Picture format||480i 16:9 (SDTV)|
|Owner||E. W. Scripps Company (2021)|
Ion Media (2006–21)
|Parent||Ion Media (2006–21)|
Scholastic Corporation (2006–13)
Classic Media (2006–13)
|Sister channels||Ion Television|
|Launched||September 9, 2006 (programming block)|
January 8, 2007 (network)
|Closed||February 28, 2021|
Qubo began in September 2006. It was developed by several companies together, including Ion Media Networks, Corus Entertainment, Scholastic Corporation, Classic Media, and NBC. It was to be a "building block for kids" (as stated by president Rick Rodriquez). Like Ion, Qubo would air blocks on NBC and in Spanish on Telemundo. This happened until 2012, when NBC was bought by the cable company Comcast and that company took off Qubo programming for a new block from Sprout, which Comcast already owned. Spanish audio was also available through a second audio program on the Qubo channel itself. It also had its shows on a website accessible on-demand.
Following Ion Media's acquisition by the E. W. Scripps Company, it ceased operations on February 28, 2021.
On February 27, 2021, just one more day before Qubo’s shutdown, Cartoon Brew announced that there was a disturbing video of the shutdown on YouTube.
- ↑ etworks-move/
- ↑ Micheli, Carolyn (January 14, 2021). "Scripps takes first steps to realize ION synergies with multicast networks move" (Press release). The E.W. Scripps Company. Retrieved January 14, 2021.