Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia
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Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia

PBS Kids (previously known as PTV Park, or simply PTV) is an American digital broadcast and online television network, as well as a programming block on PBS.

The channel has existed twice: 6th September 1999 to 15th September 2005, and 16th January 2017 and onward.

The programming block began airing Thomas & Friends in the form of Shining Time Station in 1989 until its cancellation. Following a deal with HiT Entertainment, Thomas & Friends later returned to PBS Kids on 5th September 2004 airing on Sundays. While the show was originally only on Sundays, the show was moved to air weekdays on the PBS Kids Go block on some stations in 2012. The show had its PBS prints updated on 8th June 2013 to accommodate a few changes made to the block. In October 2013, the show was moved to a daily schedule on all stations instead of only on Sundays, the show also got a page on the PBS Kids website around this time. Starting in December 2017, Mattel announced they would revoke PBS' broadcasting rights to air Thomas & Friends, resulting in most PBS stations dropping the show after 31st December 2017, though a few are known to air it until 10th January 2018, when PBS' rights were entirely lost. The Thomas & Friends page on the PBS Kids website was also removed shortly after broadcasting rights were lost, with Journey Beyond Sodor being the the last special to air on PBS before the discontinuation of the show on PBS Kids. Around the time the rights to show Thomas on PBS ended, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. aired the show in the US for a limited time in December 2017 and full time from 12th March 2018 until 30th December 2019, when Nickelodeon lost the rights to air the series. Since Nickelodeon lost the rights to air the show, the original series no longer airs in the US, though a reboot, Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go! does air on Cartoon Network in the US since 13th September 2021.

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