PBS has announced they’ll be launching a 24-hour PBS Kids channel that will air on both conventional TV, and be available as a live Internet stream to iOS devices, Apple TV, other set top boxes and devices, and via web browsers.
“The live stream complements on-demand clips and full episodes, which will continue to be available for free on the PBS KIDS Video App and streaming via pbskids.org. Streaming on pbskids.org 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.”
iOS and Apple TV owners who already have the existing PBS Kids app installed on their devices are all set. Viewers wishing to access the livestream on their laptop or desktop computer will simply visit pbskids.org in a Web browser. The current on-demand content will continue to be available as well.
The new channel will debut sometime later this year. PBS hasn’t announced a specific launch date for the new service as yet. PBS will also be debuting integrated games, which will allow viewers to switch between the streaming and interactive content.
Other digital platforms that can access the new PBS Kids channel will include Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon tablets and set-top devices.