Tiny Pop

Tiny Pop (styled as tiny POP) is a free-to-air children's television channel in the United Kingdom, owned by Narrative Capital.[1] Broadcast on many of the major digital television platforms in the UK, Tiny Pop, which was launched on 8 September 2003 as Pop Plus, and shows, its target audience is children aged 7 and under.[2] The station broadcasts principally animated content sourced from various distributors.

Tiny Pop
New Tiny Pop Logo 2018.png
CountryUnited Kingdom
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
OwnerNarrative Capital
Sister channelsPop
Pop Max
Great! TV
Great! Movies
Great! Movies Action
Great! Movies Classic
Launched8 September 2003; 18 years ago (8 September 2003)
Former namesPop Plus (2003-2004)
FreeviewChannel 207
Channel 210 (+1)
WightFibreChannel 104
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 737
TalkTalkChannel 403
Channel 412 (+1)
FreesatChannel 605
Channel 609 (+1)
SkyChannel 615
Channel 618 (+1)
Astra 2F
11306 V 27500 5/6
11306 V 27500 5/6 (+1)
Streaming media
FilmOnInternet Protocol Television


Logo as Pop Plus used from 8 September 2003 to 27 July 2004
Tiny Pop logo used from 2011 to 2 September 2018

The channel began on 8 September 2003 as Pop Plus (stylized on-screen as p⊕p), a secondary service to Pop. The channel was licensed to air animation and music, it operated the same broadcast hours as its sister channel (6am to 8pm at the time; Pop later expanded to its current 24-hour service) and was not a direct timeshift of its sibling, instead offering an alternative mix of the channel's content. (At one point the arrangement was that whilst Pop was showing music Pop Plus would show cartoons, and vice versa, but this was not always the case). On 27 July 2004, it was relaunched as Tiny Pop, which allowed the main Pop to refocus on slightly older children and reduce its use of preschooler shows.

As with other CSC channels, on-screen presenters are rarely used: programmes are introduced either by caption and voiceover alone, or through animated characters. For a time during the mid-2000s (decade), a group of animated monkeys, known as the Cheeky Monkeys, would talk about cartoons, read out jokes from viewers and show artwork; from the end of June 2009, they were replaced with three new hosts, Molly, Leo and Pip (who are also monkeys).

Tiny Pop initially broadcast on satellite TV - Sky (now channel 617) from the channel's launch, and Freesat (channel 605) from the launch of the platform in 2008.

On 11 October 2007, Tiny Pop was launched on Virgin Media, along with its sister channel Pop. Pop was removed in 2011, but was brought back on 25 August 2016. The station has also been made available over other cable systems.

On 14 July 2016, Tiny Pop +1 was temporarily replaced by Pop Max. The channel aired back-to-back episodes of a show from POP. Tiny Pop +1 returned on 1 December 2016. The channel ran a second time from 9 February 2017 to 25 April 2017.

On 3 September 2018, Tiny Pop unveiled a new logo after seven years in use.


Former programmes

Programming segments

  • Tiny Pop Pets - a segment of programs with animals. The segment was discontinued after the channel's rebrand.[20]
  • Wakey Wakey - an early morning segment which currently starts at 6am after the channel's 'through the night' back to back programming ends.
  • Play Time - afternoon segment
  • Cuddle Time - evening programming segment which starts at 6pm. It is shown until late at night/midnight and is designed to help children get ready for bed.


On 23 October 2014, Tiny Pop was launched on Freeview, running daily from 3 pm to 7 pm in a slot timeshared with the Community Channel. On 7 January 2015, Tiny Pop was launched fully on DTT and as from 15 March 2017, is now broadcast 24 hours a day on Freeview. Round-the-clock service continues on satellite and cable.

Prior to January 2015, the channel had broadcast billed programmes from 0600 to 2230, teleshopping content from 2230 to 0130, and a 'Through the Night' programming block from 0130 to 0600. From 1 January 2015, the schedule changed to run billed content from 0600 to 0000, with 'Through the Night' for the remaining six hours, with the teleshopping block dropped; sister channel Pop had also removed its prior teleshopping block ahead of its move onto Freeview. Sister channel Pop also showed Tiny Pop programmes until February 2015.

On 15 March 2017, Tiny Pop changed its service on Freeview, moving to the Local Television multiplexes across the UK, meaning that the channel is only available on Freeview where a local television service (e.g. Made in Cardiff) is broadcast.[21]


  1. ^ "Sony Pictures Television U.K. Channels Sold to U.S. Investment Firm Narrative Capital". Variety. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Tiny Pop". CSC Media Group. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
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  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak "TV Shows". Tiny Pop. 11 November 2020. Archived from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Tiny Pop Premieres UK Exclusive New Animated Series CARE BEARS: UNLOCK THE MAGIC from Cloudco Entertainment This April". The Fan Carpet. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Jim Henson Co. strikes Tiny Pop broadcast deal for Splash and Bubbles, Dot and Doozers". Licensing.biz. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b Koller, Cameron (10 January 2018). "Jim Henson Co. Shows to Air on Tiny Pop in UK". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Gigantosaurus Preschool Series Picked Up for Second and Third Seasons". Retrieved 1 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Sony Pictures Television picks up Lilybuds, Molang". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Tiny Pop Airs 'Masha' Season 1 in the U.K." Animation World Network. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  11. ^ Langsworthy, Billy. "Miffy and Friends to debut on Tiny Pop in October". Licensing.biz. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Molang to make Tiny POP debut in the UK". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Sony brings Tiny Pop to Freeview in the UK". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  14. ^ https://variety.com/2018/tv/global/mipjunior-cottonwood-ollie-moon-uk-sony-tiny-pop-1202979418/
  15. ^ "9 Story Secures Multiple Sales for 'Peg + Cat'". Animation World Network. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  16. ^ "U.K.'s Tiny Pop to Feature 'PJ Masks'". License Global. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Super Wings to remain onboard with Tiny Pop". Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  18. ^ "New shows and episodes coming to Tiny Pop & Pop this spring!". Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  19. ^ Hutchins, Robert. "Quids Ink: The INK Group on the growing global demand for Masha and the Bear and its new launch Zafari". Licensing.biz. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  20. ^ "TINY POP PETS". CREATIVE NUTS. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Tiny Pop available on Local Freeview channel 126". TinyPop.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.

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