This is about the television channel. For the company which previously owned the channel prior to May 2017, see DogeTV (company). For its successor when it was sold by rTV Networks in September 2017, see rTV Fun.
DogeTV is a Robloxian television channel currently majority-owned by Box. It broadcasts mainly cartoons, and has a branding style similar to that of Cartoon Network.
On February 28, 2017, DogeTV initiated an aborted merger with Cartoon Network ROBLOX to operate under the new name Cartoon Network DogeTV. The merge was later called off due to reasons unknown, and CNR was later acquired by Lava Lamp Entertainment (they ultimately closed the channel in December 2017 and sold the name back to who they purchased it from in April 2018). On May 18, 2017, the channel was acquired by rTV Networks, which made the network a sister to rTV3. However, on September 2, 2017, a deal between BenzBot and SuperLol211 was made to hand DogeTV back over to Super, with rTV Networks maintaining a 40% minority stake.
DogeTV was founded on September 16, 2014. Due to the obscurity of the channel at the time, nothing is left of this era for historical reference. An internal dispute between the multiple members of DogeTV split the channel, leading to its closure on December 29, 2014.
On August 28, 2016, DogeTV's original owner, SuperLol211, relaunched the channel, with a new look designed by the Robloxian television company TE (owned by TheMagRblx, now defunct). It featured updated visuals similar to that of the Cartoon Network "CHECKit 4.0" era. The channel began to broadcast cartoons available freely on YouTube, such as Bravest Warriors and Eddsworld.
On February 27, 2017, DogeTV made its official leap into the Robloxian television industry by announcing two new services: digiBLOCKS, a premium television service similar to roTV and 3view, and the dTV Network, a network of channels "dedicated to the best of ROBLOX TV", per the marketing at the time. However, on March 1, 2017, SuperLol211 announced that the dTV Network concept would be scrapped, as the content spread out across networks was "confusing and unorganised". DogeTV would later try and fail again to expand in April 2017.
On May 18, 2017, SuperLol211 left the Robloxian television industry due to conflicting views on Robloxian television content rights; he announced that DogeTV would be transferred to BenzBot's rTV Networks. Immediately following rTVN's acquisition of the channels, rTVN initiated plans to convert the channel to a free-to-air children's channel, showing reruns and encores of rTV3 programming; set to compete with Boing from rival Lava Lamp Entertainment. rTVN opted not to use the existing DogeTV website or its space at TheMagRBLX's MediaCentre development during their ownership. Additionally, rTVN moved DogeTV to Original Livestream (which the company's other channels already used). A stream was allocated for the new DogeTV on Original Livestream (using a feed from one of the former roChannels) on May 27, 2017. Due to the reuse, rTVN has opted not to make a stream link available for DogeTV, and instead make the channel free-to-air on existing premium television platforms. Despite the fact that DogeTV was free-to-air under their tenure, rTV Networks did not seem keen to offer DogeTV to other providers, instead only offering their previously-existing rTV, Blox News Channel, and Rnetwork in carriage agreements to new providers at the time; focusing on the channel's availabiltiy on roTV (which rTVN prefers as its platform of choice) and existing carriage agreements made when SuperLol211 owned the channel.
On May 21, 2017, channel creator SuperLol211 regained 5% of the channel, in the form of a stake owned by his new venture, Robloxian Telecasting Company. This stake later increased to 20% on June 5, 2017. Following the sale of RTC to Lava Lamp Entertainment on June 16, 2017, Lava Lamp sold the stake to SuperLol's new company RNT Networks, on June 28, 2017.
Over the summer, SuperLol211 returned to the industry, launching Box. as a spiritual successor to a DogeTV under his control, and due to continuing complaints from himself and TheMagRBLX about rTVN's operation of the channel (as rTV Networks had not broadcast the channel yet under its tenure), the position of maintaining DogeTV became increasingly untenable for rTV Networks. Talks of splitting the DogeTV brand from rTV Networks popped up from time to time over the summer.
The tipping point was ultimately reached on September 2, 2017, hot off the heels of additional criticism about rTVN's handling of the channel. TheMagRBLX continued to accuse rTVN of destroying the DogeTV brand, while rTVN owner BenzBot maintained he wouldn't have had the chance to do so as he had not done anything with the channel yet. Lava Lamp Entertainment owner WeepinnWillow intervened, and set off a chain reaction of ownership exchanges between SuperLol, rTVN, and even LLE's Boing. Ultimately, LLE sold off 40% of Boing to rTV Networks and an additional 10% to SuperLol211; rTV Networks sold DogeTV back to SuperLol211 in exchange for retaining a 40% minority stake in that channel; and TheMagRBLX additionally received 5% of the new DogeTV.
DogeTV split from rTV Networks later in the evening; DogeTV would be managed by SuperLol211 and receive a new channel number on roTV, while rTV Networks would launch a new brand to replace its version of DogeTV on its current channel numbers. The new channel was announced as rTV Fun around 6pm ET that evening, with all of rTV Networks' DogeTV property changed to reflect the new brand.
2018 Robloxian television transition Edit
With the closure of Original Livestream happening in July, most channels are expected to move to other broadcasting solutions before the date of the platform's closure, hopefully giving them access to features such as high-definition broadcasting. DogeTV hasn't said anything publicly about the matter yet, however it is rumored they will be moving back to their original home on Ustream to broadcast in full 1080p resolution quality (if available on the current program).
Under current ownershipEdit
As of September 2017, programming on DogeTV has returned to what it previously was prior to rTV Networks' acquisition of the channel, with the exception of Gravity Falls, which moved to rTV3 outright following rTVN's acquisition of DogeTV, where it remains. However, Super and Benz are attempting to make a deal to make that show, and others from the rTV3 library, available on DogeTV.
Current at the time of transfer Edit
- Bravest Warriors (2016-present)
- Eddsworld (2016-present)
- Gravity Falls (2017-present, now on rTV3)
- Steven Universe (2017-present)
- Belle and Tina Are Time Travellers (2016)
- Welcome to Showside (2016)
- DogeTV News (2017)
- We Bare Bears (2017, moved to Cartoon Everything)
New programming Edit
These shows are ones added to the lineup after the transfer from rTV Networks to Box.
- Chowder (2017-2018, rumored to be returning soon)
- Bee and Puppycat (2018-present)
- Crash Zoom (2018-present)
Under rTV Networks ownership Edit
Initially, rTV Networks had not confirmed any programming for DogeTV, but intended to use rTV3's extensive library of content as a programming source. On May 18, 2017, as rTVN acquired DogeTV, rTVN gave away the rights to Bravest Warriors and Eddsworld to Lava Lamp Entertainment for their channels, though they were set to continue to air on DogeTV until Lava Lamp decided on where to air them. DogeTV regained the rights following SuperLol's reacquisition of the channel
At RTNG MediaCon Summer 2017, more details were announced as to how rTVN's DogeTV would operate. The channel would operate two identical programming schedules to serve UK and US audiences, both running from 4pm-9pm local time (GMT/BST for the UK schedule, and Eastern Time for the US schedule, in line with the company's other channels). Thus the channel would air a ten-hour schedule, running from 11am-9pm ET (4pm-2am GMT/BST). There were also intentions for the channel to run free-to-air premieres of shows previously broadcast on an rTV3-branded channel. As of September 2017, all of these plans have been transferred over to rTV Fun.
Upcoming from rTV3 Edit
- Adventure Time
- Phineas and Ferb
Exclusive to DogeTV Edit
- Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer (now on rTV Fun)
- The Bagel and Becky Show (now on rTV Fun)
- Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong (now on rTV Fun)