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Where has the sprout channel gone? I have a 3 year old that watches it and it's his favorite! It's gone? Why!? He's not gunna understand this 😭 😭 😭 😭
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I have a four-year-old who is having a meltdown right now. There was no warning that this was going away. There is no other comparable channel to Sprout in the lineup. Disney is a pay channel.....We are very unhappy! I may just cancel my cable and strictly use my Roku. 

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Sprout is the only channel I allow my kids to watch. It is a very wholesome channel for kids. Unlike any other kids' channels that promote not so good values amongst kids. Why on earth did they remove sprout without notice?
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Sprout was renamed Universal Kids.

It should have the same programming and be available on the same channel that Sprout previously was for you.
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Sprout has been rebranded as Universal Kids

On September 9, the TV network formerly known as Sprout was rebranded as Universal Kids.


Universal Kids is the 24-hour, preschool age TV channel that parents and kids can share together. The channel is home to trusted favorites like Sesame Street and Barney & Friends, plus innovative original series like The Sunny Side Up Show and The Good Night Show. From morning to night, parents and kids can enjoy everything from singing and dancing to birthday wishes and bedtime stories.


Universal Kids live and On Demand programming is included with the XFINITY TV Digital Starter level of service and above. It is available on XFINITY X1 and non-X1 TV boxes as well as the XFINITY Stream portal and app for mobiles devices. In addition, Universal Kids is available via TV Everywhere online at universalkids.com and the Universal Kids mobile app.




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Apparently this rebranding involves other programming that is not suitable for preschoolers. If you looked at the sprout lineup, you could have let a small child turn that channel on anytime without worry. The first show we found was way too old for preschool age.
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Universal kids is not appropriate for my 4 year old in the evenings if I wanted him to watch shows like this I would just turn on Nick at night or Disney channel. Very disappointed!
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This was the worse mistake comcast could have made.. You had the market cornered for preschoolers... plus you already had channels that catered to older children... there was no need to integrate the two. This is the reason why so many are dropping cable and opting for other entertainment outlets!
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Universal kids is no where near sprout.  My granddaughter loves this channel and she watches this when I am cooking or doing chores.  I cannot find ANY other channel that compares to sprout.  There was no reason to change this.  I will be looking into other options since one of the few channels we watch has been taken away.  Highly disappointed.  

 

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That is a lie !  Call it rebranded or what ever you want to, it's still a load of c-r-a-p ! When my 4yr old and 2 yr old can clearly tell it is not the same channel, guess what that means ? It's not the same channel ! Not the same programs/shows on channel, that means it's different !  This might just be the straw that breaks the camels back !  I have no idea why I don't let Direct TV dig a line into my yard for service. Would be so much cheaper. I must be a glutton for punishment to keep putting up with this garbage service.

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MsKit wrote:
This was the worse mistake comcast could have made.. You had the market cornered for preschoolers... plus you already had channels that catered to older children... there was no need to integrate the two. This is the reason why so many are dropping cable and opting for other entertainment outlets!

Comcast most likely has nothing to do with the rebranding. If you have a complaint, complain to PBS.

http://help.pbs.org/support/home

http://www.pbs.org/about/contact-information/social-media/

 

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andyross wrote:

MsKit wrote:
This was the worse mistake comcast could have made.. You had the market cornered for preschoolers... plus you already had channels that catered to older children... there was no need to integrate the two. This is the reason why so many are dropping cable and opting for other entertainment outlets!

Comcast most likely has nothing to do with the rebranding. If you have a complaint, complain to PBS.

http://help.pbs.org/support/home

http://www.pbs.org/about/contact-information/social-media/

 


Universal Kids (formerly Sprout) is a Comcast/NBCUniversal property.

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universalkids.com/schedule/UK_TV_Schedule.pdf

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The channel was not renamed it was replaced
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The channel was not renamed it was replaced

https://www.nbcumv.com/news/sprout-become-universal-kids-september-2017-expanding-its-programming-in...

 

SPROUT TO BECOME UNIVERSAL KIDS IN SEPTEMBER 2017, EXPANDING ITS PROGRAMMING TO INCLUDE KIDS 6-11

Universal Kids Further Builds NBCUniversal’s Commitment to Preschoolers, Kids and Families With Content From DreamWorks Animation Television Slate Includes Kids Unscripted Originals Led by Top Chef Junior

New York, NY – May 1, 2017 – NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks President Frances Berwick announced today that Sprout, its preschool network, is rebranding to become Universal Kids. Universal Kids will continue to be the premier source for preschool programming as it expands its content to include DreamWorks Animation Television series, unscripted entertainment, live action scripted originals and proven international hits, extending its audience to 2-11 year olds.

Universal Kids – which will go live on September 9, 2017 – will be a destination for kids and family programming, including titles from DreamWorks Animation Television. The collaboration kicks off with the launches of two Emmy® Award-winning series All Hail King Julien and DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk, based on the popular “How To Train Your Dragon” franchise.

The Universal Kids lineup will be anchored by the debut of Top Chef Junior, produced by Magical Elves, the Emmy Award-winning team behind Bravo’s Top Chef. Top Chef Junior will launch in October 2017, with 12 young chefs competing for the coveted junior title.

Sprout will live as a trusted preschool destination on the Universal Kids channel and will continue to add high quality original programming to its slate. July 2017 will mark the launch of Kody Kapow, which joins top rated series Floogals, Dot., Nina’s World, and Noddy Toyland Detective from DreamWorks Animation Television. Sprout will air fifteen hours of preschool programming daily from 3am-6pm, with Universal Kids programmed from 6pm for older kids and families.

“We see enormous potential to grow our audience in this space and create the Universal Kids platform for families to experience together,” said Berwick. “NBCUniversal is invested in the kids and family business, and the company believes in working together – we will benefit from promotion across our portfolio of networks and across the company through support that is unparalleled in the industry.”

“The launch of a channel that represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands with great TV content at its center makes tremendous sense for our business,” said Deirdre Brennan, General Manager, Universal Kids. “Just as children grow, Sprout is growing into Universal Kids – and we will reflect all that is universal about being a kid through connection, storytelling and entertainment. A place that reflects their life and passions.”

Also part of the Universal Kids programming mix are award-winning international hit series, including Nowhere Boys from NBCUniversal, a fantasy-adventure that follows four teenagers who get lost in a forest and discover – when they return home – that they are stuck in a world where they never existed; Little Lunch, a comedy series from the Australian Children’s Television Foundation that takes place during lunch, where kids tackle the big issues; and The Next Step, a single-camera tween drama from Boat Rocker Studios that follows the lives of a group of elite dancers. In addition, Universal Kids will premiere Hank Zipzer from DHX Media. Based on the bestselling series of novels by Henry Winkler, the series focuses on the misadventures of Hank Zipzer, a 12 year old dyslexic schoolboy. The books are based on Winkler’s own childhood experiences.

About Universal Kids:

Universal Kids represents the world of NBCUniversal family brands. As a kid-focused ecosystem with great TV content at the center, Universal Kids is programmed for the 2-11 year old audience, with a fresh mix of animated content, unscripted entertainment, live action scripted originals, and proven international hits. Launching in September 2017 and available in over 59 million homes, Universal Kids will also encompass Sprout as a daily programming block for preschoolers from 3am to 6pm, and will be available for kids and families across all platforms, including on air, online, On Demand and via mobile with the Sprout Now and Sprout Playground apps.

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This channel while offering a couple of the same shows, has changed for the worse. I know they expanded to include children up to ages 11 but when those older shows come on, I am forced to switch the channel to Disney jr or Nick jr because they have the preschool programming. Bottom line, we used to always and only watch sprout, but now this change is making us switch to other channels (channels that are the same competitors that NBCU is trying to compete with) it just doesn't make sense. Give us the old sprout back!
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It is not the same programming or shows. Very disappointing for my Grandson

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Exactly!!

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Being on the West Coast the timing never quite lined up for the kiddos.  Now with "11 year old" programming we can't every really watch this channel.  The inappropriate televison is on in the evening.  Where are pre-schoolers supposed to go?  This is not ok.  Looks like you have lost another viewer.

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Boooo... Sprout was one of a kind. This rebranded whatchamacallit is no contender. So many other channels that could've used an overhaul, and they had to muddle the one that was near perfect... Sad in many many ways....
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Unfortunately, Comcast/Xfinity has misinformed its employees. The programming is not the same or similar in any way, nor is it appropriate for 5 year olds or younger. I have a 4 year old autistic child and he is constantly asking for sprout. His limited time for television is now moot because Comcast/Xfinity no longer offer consistent programs for his age group. We are constantly changing the channel ending in dissatisfaction or trying to convince him to watch a video on the computer or iPad. This is very disappointing and discriminatory. These types of shows are already available on other channels/networks. Why take this away from the babies? The older kids are usually in school and on a more strict schedule. 

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Very sad.  The new programming is NOTHING like the original Sprout.  It was the only channel available for young children.  Even Disney is not appropriate anymore. There is now nothing my youngest grandchild can watch!

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So I have premier package and am former employee....i do not have universal kids. My daughter asked for sprout tonight n this is when I noticed it's gone!!!! I followed this post like o ok....on demand or saying universal kids on x1 says no channel n not on demand!!!!!
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I have premier package n no access to channel!!!
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I have premier package n no access to channel!!!

Apologies for the issue and the experience that you described above. I am seeing this channel as available on your current level of service on channel 122 and in HD on channel 1707.

 

Are you still having this issue? Are you seeing a black screen, blue screen, or an error message or were you not able to tune to this channel at all (does the box skip over that channel)?

Thanks for any additional details that you are able to provide.

 

 




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