Turner Broadcasting System is removing Cartoon Network and Cartoonito – the preschool version – from Spanish pay-TV platforms.
From 1 July both channels will leave Canal+, Ono, Movistar TV and R, and the company doesn't plan to replace them with other offers.
From next month, Turner will only offer the movie channels TCM and TCM Autor, the entertainment channel TNT and CNN International in Spain. The DTT channel Boing, which the company owns with Mediaset, will still broadcast some Turner content free-to-air.
Cartoon Network was one of the pioneers of themed TV in Spain when it was intially broadcast in 1995 by the first cable operators. It is also one of the most long-standing pay-TV offers, having been available through the Digital+ offer (formerly Canal Satélite Digital) since 1997.
Turner also tried to offer adult animation content by releasing Boomerang, but after finding that the children's programming was more profitable, it decided to replace this with Cartoonito for preschool viewers.
Cartoonito and Cartoon Network are currently available on most Spanish pay-TV platforms, with the latter's schedule available one hour later on ONO through Cartoon Network+1.