PBS has revealed it will be launching a new 24/7 children’s service later this year, which will boast a new TV channel.
PBS stations will be able to broadcast PBS Kids shows 24 hours a day via an additional TV channel and offer a live streaming service.
Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, said: “Parents know that PBS KIDS makes a difference in their children’s lives, which is why so many have said they would value having access to our content throughout the day. Television continues to be the most widely used platform for children’s educational content, especially among low-income families.
“The new PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream offered by local member stations ensure that educational media is available to all families, all the time and via a platform that works for them. Given that 54 per cent of all children nationwide do not have the opportunity to attend pre-school, providing access is a critical element of our public service mission.”
The streaming service will also expand to offer an integrated games feature, which will support the learning goals of each TV show.
The channel will also boast a variety of shows, including ODD Squad, Wild Kratts, Dinosaur Train and Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, as well as the new series Ready Jet Go! and Nature Cat.
Fans will be able to watch the live stream for the new channel via pbskids.org or the PBS Kids Video App.