Pop (British and Irish TV channel)

Pop is a free-to-air television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by Sony Pictures Television. Its target audience is 8 to 10-year-old children.[1]

Launched29 May 2003 (2003-05-29)
Owned bySony Pictures Television
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Audience share0.30%
0.03% (+1) (September 2016 (2016-09), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Formerly calledToons & Tunes (2003)
Sister channel(s)Pop Max
Sony Channel
Sony Crime Channel
Sony Movies
Sony Movies Action
Sony Movies Classic
Tiny Pop
Timeshift servicePop +1
FreeviewChannel 206
FreesatChannel 603
Channel 606 (+1)
SkyChannel 616
Channel 625 (+1)
Astra 2F
11307 V 27500 5/6
11307 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 736
WightFibreChannel 100
Streaming media
FilmOnInternet Protocol Television
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)


The channel was originally launched on 29 May 2003 by CSC Media Group as Toons and Tunes [2]. The channel was then later re-branded as Pop on 29 May 2003; the logo has been rendered in various forms, including all upper-case or all lower-case, along with an exclamation point at the end.

Originally, the network focused on music videos, with animated programming also part of the schedule, but with the numerous music video network options on British television at the time, this focus was quickly abandoned around 2004, when the animated content became much more prominent. Music videos continued to be carried on and off until 2007, before eventually being abandoned entirely.


The network sources their programming from multiple independent studios.

Current programming


On 20 March 2014, Pop was launched on Freeview.[20] As a result, some pre-school programming from its sister channel Tiny Pop started being broadcast on Pop. The pre-school programmes would be broadcast between 9 am to 3 pm every weekday during school term, and they showed programmes such as Little Bear, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, Numberjacks, Postman Pat, Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs and Timothy Goes to School amongst other Tiny Pop shows. This ceased in February 2015 as a result of Tiny Pop having also become available on Freeview.

On 8 May 2014, Pop started to timeshare (6 am  10 pm) with sister channel Chart Show TV (10 pm  6 am) when the latter launched on Freeview, until 3 September 2014 when Chart Show TV migrated to Manchester-only service; as a result, Pop now broadcasts 24 hours.

On 8 September 2014, the Freeview EPG stated on channel 126, that Pop +1 would commence broadcasting on Freeview in September, available from 3 pm to 7 pm daily on a nationwide multiplex (thus with wider availability than the core Pop service). Transmission began on 16 September from 3 pm. This arrangement was discontinued on 23 October 2014, whereby Pop +1 migrated to broadcast from a multiplex only available in the Greater Manchester area (the same multiplex broadcasting the sister channel Chart Show TV on Freeview.) In its new arrangement, Pop +1 broadcasts 24 hours a day. The former nationwide Pop +1 slot started to carry Tiny Pop from 3 pm to 7 pm daily, increasing to 21 hours a day (3 am to midnight) in January 2015.

Prior to April 2016, Pop was only available in areas where there is a local TV channel. On 1 April 2016, Pop moved to a wider coverage nationwide freeview mix, becoming available to over 90% of the country.[21] The capacity vacated by Pop on the local multiplex was used to transmit Kix from 7 April 2016. Pop +1 moved to LCN channel 128, to release 127 for use by Kix, but was otherwise unaffected, continuing to broadcast locally to Manchester only.

Pop +1

A timeshift feed called Pop +1 was available until 2008, when it was replaced by Kix!; in turn, that network's +1 feed was discontinued on 14 July 2014 with Pop +1's return.

Italian version

On 4 May 2017, Sony Pictures Television Networks launched an Italian version of Pop as their first Italian free-to-air offering, with a similar schedule to the UK channel. The network closed alongside its sister channel Cine Sony on 11 July 2019, after Mediaset purchased both network slots from Sony. Pop's old slot would be used for Boing Plus.[22]


  1. "POP | Showreel | CSC Media". Cscmediagroup.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/63582/toons-tunes-launching-today
  3. "44 Cats". Pop. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. "Check out brand new ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  5. "Mattel announces broadcasters for Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures | Toy World Magazine". toyworldmag.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  6. {{Cite web|url=https://www.popfun.co.uk/tv-shows/counterfeit-cat/|title=Counterfeit Cat|Pop|Website=Pop|access-date=4 June 2019}}
  7. "Dragon Ball Super". Pop. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  8. "Check out new TV show Grizzy and the Lemmings on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  9. "Hanazuki: Full of Treasures premieres on Pop | Toy World Magazine". toyworldmag.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  10. "Check out brand new Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  11. "SONY POP GETS "MEGANIZED" WITH MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED". DHX Media. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  12. "Miraculous nets new UK licensees". Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  13. "Catch new episodes of Pokémon X&Y Kalos Quest only on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  14. "See brand new Polly Pocket only on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  15. "Big news for UK fans, Sonic Boom is back on TV - Pop UK, a freeview". desclyrantu.ga. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  16. "Teletoon+, Pop converse with Talking Tom". C21media. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  17. POP FUN TV (31 May 2019), BRAND NEW Total Dramarama | Starts on Monday | POP 💥, retrieved 3 June 2019
  18. "See brand new Trollhunters only on POP!". Fun Kids - the UK's children's radio station. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  19. "Win a TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! toy bundle and watch the series on POP". www.primarytimes.co.uk. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  20. "New children's channel Pop launches on Freeview | Toy World Magazine". Toyworldmag.co.uk. 21 April 2014. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  21. "POP extends Freeview reach April 2016". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  22. https://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/la-jv-turner-mediaset-sbarca-canale-45-digitale-terrestre-ACoLywX
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