Hopster takes leap into Africa

Early learning entertainment platform Hopster has launched in Africa, in partnership with South Africa’s Vodacom and Congolese telco MTN. The launch also comes in partnership with mobile and web application platform provider AfrikaStream. In addition to worldwide brands like Pingu and Peppa Pig, users will be able to access Nigerian series Bino and Fino along […]

Sandbox takes majority stake in Hopster in multi-million pound funding round

Education publishing outfit Sandbox & Co has taken a majority stake in kids SVOD service Hopster as part of a multi-million pound investment round that will also see existing Hopster investor Venture Founders put additional cash into the business.  Bhav Singh, founder and CEO of Sandbox, will take on the role of Hopster chairman.  Sandbox, […]

Hopster launches in New Zealand with Sky

Kids on-demand service Hopster has secured a distribution partnership with pay TV operator Sky New Zealand, giving subscribers to streaming services Neon and Sky Go access to Hopster’s educational preschool shows, video books and music videos. Launching in November, the service will give pre-schoold children access to shows such as Molang and Hopster Studios animated […]

Hopster strikes partnership with A1 Hrvatska

Kids digital service Hopster has struck a distribution partnership with Telekom Austria’ Croatian unit, A1 Hrvatska, which provides Hopster customers with convergent telecommunication solutions, including mobile, fixed and TV services. The deal offers A1 postpaid mobile subscribers who are using the A1 Internet protection for children service a free Hopster subscription. Customers will be able […]

Hopster launches across western Balkans with United Group

Preschool kids service Hopster has struck an agreement with western Balkans service provider United Group to launch its offering in the region. Hopster will make its video streaming service available on the EON platform via United Group-owned SBB in Serbia and via Telemach in Slovenia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Hopster’s launch will make episodes […]

Hopster launches on DISH in US

Kids pre-school on-demand service Hopster has launched its new entertainment and learning service on DTH pay TV service DISH in the US. The agreement with the pay TV operator sees the UK-based preschool app make its content available to DISH subscribers across the US. Priced at US$4.99 a month, Hopster’s SVOD content is now available […]

Hopster launches on Sling TV

Pre-school entertainment and learning app, Hopster, has launched on Sling TV in the US. Sling TV customers can pay US$5 per month to access the service, which offers a mix of media including kids TV shows, music and video books. “We couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with Sling TV,” said Hopster commercial director, […]

Hopster looking to ‘shake up production’ with originals move

Kids on-demand app Hopster aims to ramp up its currently modest original production efforts by focusing on relatively low budget short-run series that can be extended if they do well, according to CEO Nick Walters. Speaking at the OTT TV World Summit in London this morning, Walters said that Hopster is “trying to shake up […]

UKTV makes airtime-for-equity investment in Hopster

UKTV has struck its first deal through its innovation fund, UKTV Ventures, with an airtime-for-equity investment in kids TV app Hopster. UKTV launched The Innovation Fund in April 2017 in partnership with Channel 4’s Commercial Growth Fund to invest and take equity stakes in businesses in return for advertising airtime on UKTV channels. Hopster will be the […]

Hopster debuts on US pay TV with Comcast

Kids OTT TV service Hopster has launched via the internet on US cable giant Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top, marking the first time the UK-based online subscription video on demand service is available from a pay TV provider in the US.  Xfinity customers and their families now have access to Hopster’s library of videos including premium […]

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