April 6, 2018
The new multi-platform service will feature series including “Bob the Builder,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Thomas & Friends” and more.
PBS Kids has launched its first-ever 24/7 channel, which will be available on TV and via live streaming on digital platforms.
The new platform–which is now available on 75 PBS affiliates, as a live stream on PBSKids.org and on the “PBS Kids Video” app–will ensure that PBS Kids’ content is available to all children and caregivers on a platform and time that works for them, including primetime, weekends and other out-of-school times. Additional affiliates are expected to roll out the channel in the coming months.
Series included in the PBS Kids 24/7 channel launch include shows such as “Arthur,” “Bob the Builder,” “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Nature Cat,” “Odd Squad,” “Pet + Cat,” “Ready Jet Go!,” “Sesame Street,” “Sid the Science Kid,” “Splash and Bubbles,” “Thomas & Friends” and “Wild Kratts,” among many others.
Additionally, the live stream will introduce a first-of-its-kind integrated games feature, which will enable children to toggle between a PBS Kids show and an activity that extends learning. Each game will align with the learning goals of each TV series and will aim to deepen children’s engagement while supporting learning.
“By offering PBS Kids programming 24/7, PBS stations will extend the reach and impact that they already have in their communities, where they provide essential services for families,” says Paula Kerger, president and chief executive officer, PBS. “With the launch of the multi-platform 24/7 PBS Kids channel, all of America’s children will be able to access our trusted educational content anywhere, anytime and through any device. As the only free national 24/7 kids’ TV service in the U.S., the PBS Kids channel will be a game-changer for all families–especially our nation’s most underserved, many of whom do not attend preschool and rely solely on over-the-air television for media content.”
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