Children’s network KidsCo set to close

The shareholders of international kids channel KidsCo are closing down the joint venture following NBCUniversal’s move this week to buy all of preschool network Sprout. The decision has been made to stop broadcasting the channel due to the “challenging” nature of the crowded kids TV channels business and problems “growing” the net. “As a result, […]

NTV+ adds KidsCo to line-up

Russian pay TV operator NTV+ has added kids channel KidsCo to its programming line-up. The channel will be available in the operator’s Light West, Basic and Basic Plus packages. The channel will include a range of animated content as well as a SyFy Kids branded block.

Syfy Kids heads for CEE

KidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids programming block in Central and Eastern Europe in June 2013. The NBC Universal and Corus Entertainment co-owned children’s channel will air the block of shows – through a partnership with NBCU-owned science fiction channel Syfy – at peak times and fully dubbed. The partnership, which was […]

KidsCo to redesign on-air look

KidsCo is developing a new on-air identity that will roll out next year. The kids channel will launch a new on-air look and website globally during the first quarter of 2013. KidsCo is also moving its playout services to owner Corus Entertainment’s facilities in Toronto. Hendrik McDermott, managing director of KidsCo, said: “2013 is set […]

New milestone for KidsCo

Kids channel KidsCo says it has passed the 15 million subscribers milestone following the signing of 10 distribution deals around the world in the first quarter of this year. KidsCo’s latest deals include DAAR Communications in Nigeria, Telekom of Thailand, Sky Television in Sri Lanka, PT Mega Media in Indonesia, Tarr in Hungary and Sky […]

Paul Robinson exiting KidsCo

DTVE understands that Paul Robinson, managing director of the KidsCo kids channel is in the process of leaving the company and an NBC Universal executive, Hendrik McDermott, has been appointed as interim managing director. KidsCo gave a statement that read: “Paul remains in our employment and there is no further comment.” However, it is understood […]

KidsCo expands in Greece

Children’s broadcaster KidsCo has struck a deal with Hellas Online to make its channel available via the Greek broadband operator’s IPTV platform. The channel, which targets kids aged 6-10 years old, is available as a linear and on-demand offering to Hellas Online’s IPTV subscribers. Fotis Konstantellos, chief commercial officer at Hellas Online said: “We are […]

Etisalat launches new channels

Middle Eastern pay TV platform Etisalat is launching three channels from India’s Times Television Network. The company, which operates the e-Vision pay TV service in the United Arab Emirates, is launching Times Now, ET Now and Zoom as it looks to appeal to the growing South Asian community in the country. The deal was announced […]

KidsCo launches in Belarus

Kids channel KidsCo has launched in Belarus on the IPTV platform of Cosmos TV. KidsCo will be available in Cosmos TV’s kids and regional packages in Russian, airing first-run exclusives including Beach Crew and Turbo Dogs, along with original productions including Boo & Me.

KidsCo names Disney exec as distribution director

International children’s channel KidsCo has named Kimberly Huttnestine as its new distribution director. Huttnestine joins the network from The Walt Disney Company where she was senior manager for six years, working to negotiate content distribution agreements across Europe, specifically the Nordic market. At KidsCo she will be responsible for developing opportunities in the Nordic market, […]