PBS Announces Free 24/7 Children’s Channel and Live Stream
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Here's big news for fans of PBS children’s shows. PBS has announced that it will launch new 24/7 children’s services later this year across the nation. Provided by local stations, the free services include a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms.
PBS stations across the nation will be able to broadcast favorite PBS Kids shows such as “Curious George,” "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" and “Wild Kratts” 24 hours a day on an additional TV channel and offer a live stream, making it easy for children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours.
Before you get too excited, hang on! Local stations have not confirmed whether they will be picking the channel up yet, so stay tuned. It is estimated that local stations should have decided by this fall whether they will be picking up the new children's services.
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I’m hoping our local station offers the new services as PBS has excellent children’s programming with lots of educational content. Plus, if the service becomes available families can access the new channel on-the-go with the digital live stream, which complements on-demand clips and full episodes. (These continue to be available for free on the PBS KIDS Video App and streaming through pbskids.org.)
Viewers will be able to watch the station-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, tablets and over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.
According to PBS, following its initial launch, the live stream experience will expand to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS Kids show and an activity that extends learning — all in one seamless digital experience. The live stream and games feature is grounded in research demonstrating that measurable gains in learning are achieved when children engage with PBS KIDS content on multiple platforms, according to PBS.