WVIA Public Media is launching new, free localized 24/7 children’s services on January 16, 2017. Provided by WVIA, the free services include a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms. The effort is WVIA’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community. WVIA Public Media will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on an additional television channel and offer a live stream, making it easy for Northeastern Pennsylvania and Central Susquehanna Valley 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 WVIA-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. 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.
Following its initial launch, the localized 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. The games will align with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting learning.
Where can I find the 24/7 Kids Channel on TV?
If you watch over-the-air, you can find it on WVIA Channel 44.2. On Comcast cable, you can find it on channel 242. On Adams cable, you can find it on channel 305. On Service Electric cable you can find it on channel 93 in Hazleton & Sunbury, and channel 214 in Wilkes-Barre.
When, exactly, will this launch?
The WVIA 24/7 Kids Channel will broadcast starting at 6am on Monday, January 16th, 2017.
What about the shows that originally aired on WVIA-2?
Beginning Monday, February 6th, 2017, we will be shifting the schedule on our main channel to accommodate many of the programs that were broadcast on WVIA-2. These programs will run Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm.
What shows will be on the PBS Kids 24/7 Channel?
The full schedule for the 24/7 Kids Channel can be.