The channel will be available for free to families everywhere within range of Pioneer’s broadcasting towers and via live stream. This means that in addition to the 7½ hours of children's programming currently carried daily by Pioneer, PBS KIDS shows will be broadcast 24 hours a day on an additional television channel (Pioneer 10.5) and offered on the internet, making it easy for children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high.
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 platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.
The PBS KIDS 24/7 channel will include popular favorites such as DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD,ODD SQUAD, WILD KRATTS and DINOSAUR TRAIN; the new series NATURE CAT and READY JET GO!; and SPLASH AND BUBBLES, which will premiere on November 23, 2016.
Currently, streaming on pbskids.org nationwide accounts for nearly half of all time spent watching kids videos online and the site is #1 in the kids category for total views and minutes spent. Across digital platforms, PBS KIDS averages 419.8 million streams per month.
The launch of the new 24/7 channel is expected to take place in April, 2017 in honor of the National Month of the Young Child. Between now and then, Pioneer is raising funds to promoting the regional distribution of the PBS "Playtime Pad" -- the first tablet of it's kind featuring educational content and parental controls. To contribute to the Playtime Pad distribution fund, visit https://www.givemn.org/organization/Pioneer-Public-Tv
“Our goal is to make educational media available to all families, all the time, through platforms that work for them,” according to Pioneer’s President and General Manager, Les Heen. “A high percentage of the young children in Pioneer Public TV’s viewing area don’t have preschool as an option and studies show that watching PBS can increase school readiness,” Heen added. For more information about the new 24/7 channel, contact Pioneer Programming Director, Shirley Schwarz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-726-3178
About Pioneer Public Television
Established in 1966, Pioneer Public TV is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing local stories of the region with the world. For more information visit: www.pioneer.org.