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Background: Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), which was known as Nebraska ETV until 2004, is the statewide network of PBS affiliates for Nebraska. NETV was famously involved in a lawsuit over NBC's 1975 logo, which was identical to the Nebraska ETV logo except for the coloring. Prior to 1980, all NETV-produced programs were identified by in-credit text.

1st Logo
(August 10, 1980-July 11, 1986)

<img align="bottom" alt="Nebraska ETV Network (1980)" height="207" src="" title="Nebraska ETV Network (1980)" width="274"/><img align="bottom" alt="Nebraska ETV Network (1986)" height="207" src="" title="Nebraska ETV Network (1986)" width="275"/>

Nicknames: "The Red N", "The Nebraska N"

Logo: This logo has two main versions, each with different animation, but both resulting with roughly the same end product.

  • Version 1 (August 10, 1980-August 15, 1983): On a black background, a stylized, red, lower case "n" zooms in from the center and stops in the left center of the screen."A PRODUCTION OF" fades in at the top right corner of the screen, just as the "n" comes to a stop. "THE NEBRASKA ETV NETWORK" wipes in below in a line-by-line manner.
  • Version 2 (July 2, 1984-July 11, 1986): On a black background, the same stylized "n" (darker and flickering this time) zooms in from the center, taking a curved "rollercoaster" path, leaving a choppy, trail behind it (a la the 1978 Telepictures logo). As it comes to a stop, "A PRODUCTION OF," this time in bold, centered, dark red shadowed text, spreads out from a single point on the right side of the screen to take the same place as before. "THE NEBRASKA ETV NETWORK" (also in bold and with a shadow effect) moves into place, again splitting apart from a single off-screen point.
Variant: A dark version appeared on Voice of the Plains: John G. Neinhardt.

FX/SFX: 2D computer animation. The first version was likely created with a live-action shot of the "n" and computer effects for the text, while the 2nd edition was likely made with video feedback effects. The flickering"n" on the2nd versionmight be attributed to the "n" animation possibly being videotaped from a screen.

Music/Sounds: A somber guitar tune. High plucked strings are heard interspersed while the "n" zooms in, and a a final strum is heard as the text moves in.

Availability: Extremely rare. Seen on some programs available for viewing on the NET website. The first version made its debut on Hidden Placesand last appeared onVoice of the Plains: John G. Neihardt. The second version first appeared on Plowing Up a Storm and was last seen on The Wind at One's Fingertips.

Editor's Note: Only discovered in May 2019.

2nd Logo
(June 23, 1986-August 7, 1989)
<img align="bottom" alt="Nebraska ETV Network (1987)" height="186" src="" title="Nebraska ETV Network (1987)" width="247"/><iframe frameborder="0" height="186" src="" width="247"></iframe>

Nicknames: "The Bronze N", "The Nebraska N II"

Logo: On a black background, the same "n" from before, but colored in a bronze color with bevels and still shines, as well as a soft spotlight on the bottom, flips up just below the middle of the screen. The text "THE NEBRASKA ETV NETWORK", in white with a
pale brown shadow similar to Embassy Home Entertainment's first logo, fades in below.

FX/SFX: The "n" flipping and the text fading in. Simple 2D animation.

Music/Sounds: A warbly note at the beginning, followed by a 5-note Moog synthesizer jingle with chiming sounds.

Availability: Very rare. It premiered on Dance of the Cranes, and was last seen on After the Last Harvest. It can be found on a 1989-1990 PBS affiliates' logo demo reel on YouTube (which was the only known source of this logo for years).

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo
(February 25, 1990-June 22, 1990)
<img align="bottom" alt="Nebraska Educational Television Network (1990)" height="207" src="" title="Nebraska Educational Television Network (1990)" width="274"/><iframe frameborder="0" height="207" src="" width="275"></iframe>
Nicknames: "The Red N II", "The Nebraska N III"

Logo: On a time-lapse cloud background, the same bronze "n" from the previous logo, but brighter, swings in from the left and plasters itself against the background. As it moves into its final position, the text "NEBRASKA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION NETWORK" fades in below in lilac with a black drop shadow, similar to the 2nd logo.

FX/SFX: The clouds moving, the "n" swinging into place. 2D computer animation.

Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo.

Availability: Extremely rare. First appeared on Picture Nebraskaand Return of the Sacred Pole, both broadcast in February 1990. Last seen on Cold Warriors Never Die.

Editor's Note: A very rushed logo. Likely a placeholder for the logo below.

4th Logo
(January 1, 1991-2004?)
<img align="bottom" alt="Nebraska ETV Network (1992)" height="187" src="" title="Nebraska ETV Network (1992)" width="248"/><img align="bottom" alt="Nebraska ETV Network (2004?) *Widescreen*" height="188" src="" title="Nebraska ETV Network (2004?) *Widescreen*" width="332"/>

Nickname:"The Red N III", "The Cordovan N II", "The Nebraska N IV"

Logo: On a blue marble background, 2 red streaks (one straight and coming from the bottom, while the other is diagonal and is coming from the top) fly in, along with 2 bluish grey streaks, each coming from the left and right sides of the screen, respectively, and also being stacked on top of each other. When the streaks settle, the red streaks turn into the familiar "n" logo from the previous logos, the top bluish grey streaks turns into "NEBRASKA", and the bottom turns into "ETV NETWORK". In the background while this happens, 2 clusters of dots run across the top of the screen and the right side, crossing each other when they first fly in, and 2 red lines streak along the bottom, delayed for a bit.

  • A widescreen version (cropped to 16:9) appeared on The Canteen Spirit.
  • Extension:On local programming airing on Nebraska ETV, after 1 second, the text fades away, and 3 bluish grey lines fly in to wipe in "NEBRASKANS", "FOR PUBLIC", and "TELEVISION" one by one, all stacked on each other. The background animations happen again as well.

FX/SFX: The letters, the "n" wiping in, the streaks.

Music/Sounds: Same as the previous two logos. For the extended variant, an announcer says, "This program is funded in part by viewers like you who are members of Nebraskans for Public Television."

Availability: Rare. Seen on programming from the period. It can be found on several program clips from the 2004 NET 50th Anniversary Sampler DVD. The latest confirmed use of this logo is on part 2 of Husker Century, released in 2001. However, it may have been used later; a clip of The Canteen Spiriton NET's 2004 50th anniversary sampler DVD has this logo, but the program was released in 2006, and the print available for viewing in the online NET archive has this plastered with the PBS HD bumper of the period. In all likelihood, this logo was probably retired shortly after the name change to NET in 2004 (though its print counterpart was paired with the NET name for a short time). First appeared on All Hell Can't Stop Us.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo
<img align="bottom" alt="NET (2009)" height="174" src="" title="NET (2009)" width="311"/>

6th Logo
<img align="bottom" alt="NET" height="170" src="" title="NET" width="304"/>
Nicknamed: "NET Of The Skies", "VR on NET"

Logo: We see a comet fly and hit, making the background brighten up, thus revealing a sky rotating. We see a square with a curve and an "n" below trail out where the comet hit. Once it solidifies, the area above the curve is gray, while below is red. Another square containing an "e" does the same thing, but is completely gray, without the curve. At that point, we see the sky warp and change to a slightly different one and then into sunset. Another square containing a "t" trails out. The letters "Television" join together with an orange trail which disappears. At that moment, the sky turns dark blue, and at the end, stars flash.

Variant: A shorter version exists.

FX/SFX: The trails, the comet and the skies. It's nice CGI, but with some glaring errors (like inconsistent rotation speeds).

Music/Sounds: A synthesized orchestral fanfare with five synth trumpet notes and writing pencil sounds when the squares solidify.

Availability: Current. Seen on NET programs such as Ag College Dreams.

Editor's Note: Don't be surprised if people find similarities to 360 degrees videos.