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Universal Kids (formerly Sprout) (TALKBACK)

Discussion in 'The Entertainment Board' started by barcncpt44, May 1, 2017.

  1. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    They just took a dead channel space. Nowadays there's no room.
     
  2. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Unless they had the new DreamWorks shows in their possession along with more kid programming in hand, it wouldn't have worked. Comcast would have to convince a hell of a lot of people to carry their network (toys, ad marketing, ratings, relevancy, etc.) but alas, they got in the kid game a bit late so they have to make do with the amount of homes they currently have. The things they done to Sprout in order for the rebrand to happen is done.
     
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  3. Golden Geek

    Golden Geek Gera Gera Po

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    Common Sense Media gave a quite positive review for Nowhere Boys, which might give Universal Kids some attention...except they said the show is on NBC. Parents are going to be lost.
     
  4. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    ^ Oh the irony of it all, NBC used to air select shows from the network (not including Nowhere Boys).
     
  5. sasq

    sasq Active Member

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    In Italy, companies have to buy a LCN (Logical Channel Number) to create a channel.
     
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  6. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Well, NBCUniversal took a risk with doing a big rebrand with a kids network already in homes and their other networks (Esquire, Cloo, and Chiller) have either closed down or been taken off of cable systems (Chiller is still going) because of the little content they make or low ratings this year.

    So to start from scratch would be more money and a even higher risk, since they once again would need attraction from cable operators, so if this proves to be successful they might create a new channel for more kid content (remember, Disney envy).
     
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  7. superkeegan9100

    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    Yes since Disney and Universal are mortal enemies.
     
  8. Cartoon Ruler

    Cartoon Ruler I Like Waffles

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    I wonder if Universal Kids will still air Disney movies?
     
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  9. superkeegan9100

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    Probably, I wouldn't count on it, though since they have DreamWorks as an equivalent to Disney.
     
  10. AnotherRandomGuy

    AnotherRandomGuy The cat's in the cradle

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    Disney airs Universal movies when they have a chance, so take that for whatever it's worth.
     
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  11. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    So they're quietly but surely taking advantage of those Despicable Me shorts, but I compared the UK version of King Julien to the Netflix version and it's definitely in PAL. You'd think they'd be able to get a NTSC copy without any mention of Netflix or just simply edit it out.
     
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    So, basically, All Hail King Julien is also in PAL audio?
     
  13. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Yes.

    Also, the Facebook comments on both the Sprout and Universal Kids Facebook pages are not positive. Many have a point mentioning disabled children, and at times I do think about if they had the guts to actually start the channel up from scratch.
     
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    superkeegan9100 Well-known user and expert in cartoons

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    Please don't talk about that subject. It's a touchy subject for me since my school has 'em.
     
  15. Dudley

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    I'm surprised Sprout has as many fans as people are implying. I read on Kidscreen that Sprout has the lowest ratings of all the main preschool networks. It's so bad toy companies avoid doing business with a show if it ends up on the channel.

    I do hope they acquire some good animated series. Though from the looks of things, their main goal is to put a lot of the Netflix / DWA shows there. I remember reading that they plan to kick Universal Animation Studios back in to gear, and considered making shows based off other Universal properties like Despicable Me, Jurassic World, and the studio's biggest hit, Fast and Furious.


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    I hope they do something new with An American Tail, and actually make it something worth watching.
     
  17. AnotherRandomGuy

    AnotherRandomGuy The cat's in the cradle

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    Don't really know how they could make children's series out of the latter two, especially nowadays. I recall there a couple of attempts in the 90s for a Jurassic Park animated series, but both fell through for one reason or another.
     
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    If R-rated movies like Rambo and RoboCop can get Saturday morning cartoons for kids, then anything can.


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  19. jaylop97

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    Compared to Dinsey. Jr and Nick Jr. there really was not much the channel had going for it knowing how more popular are those two and more well known.
     
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  20. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Well, it was one of the quieter NBCU networks that parents thought that wasn't in your face like the rest, nothing flashy or super big. Just a small known preschool channel that catered to small children.

    And yes, Universal Animation Studios is in fact stationed at DreamWorks Animation's Glendale campus as I remember Universal executive Jeff Shell saying that buying DWA shredded them seven years worth of development with their own resources. I should point out that Universal also owns Mac Guff, so they could get their part subsidary Illumination to expand the studio to make TV shows, maybe even be an overseas studio for UAS for 2D series. That way, once the Netflix shows being made by DWA are finally untangled it'll have actual new shows with new episodes.

    I actually wouldn't mind a Land Before Time series with the characters as adults. Without the singing.
     
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    #320 Nexonius, Sep 11, 2017
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