KidsCo hits Asia

Family friendly channel to broadcast across four more territories.
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KidsCo, the joint venture channel owned by NBC Universal, DIC Entertainment and Corus Entertainment, is due to go on air in the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore and Palau on March 20th.

The news follows the securing of carriage deals with various platform operators in Asia, including SingTel's mio TV in Singapore, the Philippines' Sky Cable, Palau's PNCC and Korea's HanaTV.

KidsCo has also signed a deal with the Philippines' Cable Boss to act as its distributor in that market.

It is likely that KidsCo will be available in up to 40 territories - including Europe and Latin America - within the next 18 months. The channel currently broadcasts in Romania, Ukraine, Hungary, Russia, Turkey and Poland.

"The launch of KidsCo in Asia is a strategic part of our expansion into all the world's TV markets and we are delighted to be welcomed into Asia," said KidsCo MD Paul Robinson. "KidsCo's unique positioning and content partner ownership makes us a valuable new channel to platforms and kids."

The channel features animated and live-action TV shows and movies from DIC and Corus' Nelvana. These include Babar (pictured), Franklin, The Adventures of Tintin, Inspector Gadget, Strawberry Shortcake and Dennis the Menace amongst others.

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