|qubo (originally Smart Place for Kids until August 23, 2006) is the name of the chlidren's programming endeavor involving three broadcast networks, a new digital television network, and numerous children's entertainment producers.
On May 8, 2006, ION Media Networks, NBC Universal, Corus Entertainment's Nelvana unit, Scholastic Books, and Classic Media and its Big Idea Productions unit announced plans to launch a new children's entertainment endeavor spread across all medium platforms, including video-on-demand on digital cable and an interactive webpage.
The primary goal for qubo will be to "champion literacy and values in the children's television category." The endeavor will utilize ION's digital broadcast outlets, the educational, literary, and creative assets of Scholastic, and the combined content libraries and production facilities of Nelvana, Classic Media, Big Idea, and NBC Universal, which will also dedicate their weekend morning lineups to qubo. More than 1,000 half-hours of children's programming, including a new, original series from each of the partners per year, will air throughout the year. Details for the new series will be announced later.
Qubo debuted on NBC and Telemundo on Saturday, September 9, 2006, with NBC's qubo block repeating on i began on Friday, September 15. A 24-hour digital television network also debuted on one of i's digital channels on September 2, 2006, the first Saturday in September. In addition, NBC's block carries Spanish subtitles on CC3.
All programming on qubo will meet Federal "E/I" requirements.
Programs seen on qubo
- VeggieTales Presents:
- Jane and the Dragon
- Jacob Two-Two
All shows will be seen in this exact order on all three networks. Only one series would be held over from a previous block -- Jacob Two-Two, which was previously seen on Telemundo (as Jacobo Dos-Dos) prior to the start of qubo.
Also, VeggieTales, 3-2-1 Penguins! and LarryBoy Adventures will not feature religious content, since the block is designed to educate all viewers.