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Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Pinkalicious & Peterrific Season 2 Airs This January On PBS Kids Africa


To start off the new year, PBS Kids will be broadcasting the second season of Pinkalicious & Peterrific making it somewhat the first PBS Kids show to reach this milestone on the channel.

Pinkalicious & Peterrific is one of the shows that were made available during the channel's debut in the market.

They'll be a double bill so here's a summary of the first two episodes:

S2/E1 - 'A Birthday Party for Kendra' Pinkalicious is shocked to hear Kendra has never celebrated a birthday before so she decides to throw her a surprise party with the help of their friends! But a pinkaperfect party isn't what Kendra had in mind.

S2/E2 - 'Aqualicious' While at the beach, Pinkalicious and Peter meet Aqua, a merminnie! The three become friends and play together until it's time for Aqua to go home. But Aqua's home isn't quite what Pinkalicious is expecting - it's even more pinkamazing!

Season 2 airs Fridays at 16:00 CAT/15:00 WAT/17:00 EAT as part of Fresh Fridays

PBS Kids is available on DStv and GOtv

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Elinor Wonders Why Airs On PBS Kids Africa


Elinor Wonders Why encourages children to follow their curiosity, ask questions when they don’t understand and find answers using science inquiry skills. The main character Elinor, the most observant and curious bunny rabbit in Animal Town, will introduce kids ages 3-5 to science, nature and community through adventures with her friends. This new multiplatform series, created by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson and produced in partnership with Pipeline Studios.

“Kids love to ask questions about how the world works,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “That’s what makes ELINOR WONDERS WHY such a perfect show for preschoolers. Kids will recognize themselves in Elinor’s boundless curiosity as she pursues the questions she wonders about – making observations and reveling in nature’s amazing answers.”

The stories in ELINOR WONDERS WHY center around Elinor and her friends Ari, a funny and imaginative bat, and Olive, a perceptive and warm elephant. As kids explore Animal Town, they will meet all kinds of interesting, funny, and quirky characters, each with something to teach us about respecting others, the importance of diversity, caring for the environment, and working together to solve problems. In each episode, Elinor models the foundational practices of science inquiry and engineering design -- including her amazing powers of observation and willingness to ask questions and investigate. When she encounters something she doesn’t understand, like why birds have feathers or how tiny ants build massive anthills, she just can’t let it go until she figures it out. And in discovering the answers, Elinor often learns something about nature’s ingenious inventions and how they can connect to ideas in our designed world, and what it takes to live in a community. Elinor Wonders Why encourages children and parents to ask their own questions and experience the joy of discovery and understanding together.

“We want to encourage children’s curious nature and share with them the fun and joy of discovery. We hope to show children that science is not just a list of facts, but a way of answering questions, and of learning about the world,” said co-creators Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson.

Each episode of Elinor Wonders Why will include two animated 11-minute stories with accompanying interstitial content. The series is currently in production for 40 half-hour episodes.

Catch the first episode on Friday, 11 December at 16:00 CAT/15:00 WAT/17:00 EAT

PBS Kids is available on DStv across Africa and GOtv in selected markets.

Friday, 24 April 2020

The History Of PBS Kids Before It's Debut In Africa (A Survey Is Also Inserted)

I'm sure everyone with a DStv or GOtv by now heard about the brand (stylised as PBS KIDS) before stations like SABC and e.tv distributed a handful of series such as Zaboomafoo, Clifford The Big Red Dog, Peep And The Big Wide World, Wordgirl, The Magic School Bus, Arthur, Curious George, Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat, Cyberspace and Super Why.

Now we're gonna catch up with what PBS Kids was back when the brand only existed in the market through its series.

Back when PBS Kids was somewhat decent with a huge fanbase (including every other kids channel to date), the channel aired series such as the ones mentioned above along with Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Sid The Science Kid, Dragon Tales and Clifford's Puppy Days just to name a few.

Children's programming has been essential for many decades on PBS even it's successor National Educational Television (NET) had shows such as Mister Rogers Neighborhood, NET Playhouse before it got replaced in the 1970s with PBS.

PBS had a block known as "For Kids" which ran series such as The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, Reading Rainbow, Zoom, Shining Time Station, The Big Comfy Couch, Kidsongs, Ghostwriter, Long Ago And Far Away, Newton's Apple, Square One Television and Mister Rogers became a part of it.

In 1994, PBS rebranded For Kids Into PTV as part of their Ready to Learn project a goal in which they can get their content to children living in poor households. Shows that joined it's PTV era included Arthur, Kratts Creatures, Zaboomafoo, Jay Jay The Jet Plane, The Huggabug Club, Theodore Tugboat.

On September 1999, PBS Kids underwent a facelift this introduced their mascots Dash (boy) and Dot (girl) which many only in the United States would recognise through bumpers and interstitials till now. Along came new styles that were simplistic at that time viewers would have praised it just as much as Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. Shows that followed this facelift were Between The Lions, Dragon Tales, Wordworld, Curious George, Clifford The Big Red Dog with the spin-off Clifford's Puppy Days, Sagwa, Cyberchase, Sid The Science Kid, Martha Speaks and Super Why, Cyberchase and Super Why.

On October 2004, through a series offshore PBS Kids GO! was introduced aimed at kids aged 6-12 year olds. Series that joined the lineup include Maya And Miguel, Fetch With Ruff Ruffman(Lost The Rights Off), Wordgirl, Design Squad, SciGirls, Fizzy's Lunch Lab, The Electric Company and Wild Kratts.

On October 2013, a lot happened with PBS Kids first PBS Kids GO! was discontinued, Peg+Cat was introduced, their style was adapted to look more 2010s but even more simplistic, the mascots were changed as well Dot remained while Dash was eliminated (maybe he grew up with the audience that could be the reason for the discontinuation) and became part of the logo with two new characters Dee (girl) came in to cause more mischief with Del (boy, Dash's replacement). Dash is still alive through merchandise and PBS Kids current logo.

As for the state of PBS Kids today you have good shows such as Martha Speaks, Curious George, Arthur, Odd Squad and once app exclusive The Ruff Ruffman Show but most of the shows are a hit or miss and not that great. They bring in series such as Ready Jet Go, Wild Kratts and then of course there's Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Pinkalicious And Peterrific and Peg+Cat that are useful as this brand has been doing for decades.

In January 2017, PBS Kids launched its 24/7 channel in the United States with plans to rollout the brand internationally. The 24/7 channel consisted of of both current and former series from the channel. They also offered a PBS Kids app and programming block.

MultiChoice added the channel back in June 2018 through the DStv Now service with plans to use it elsewhere if it succeeded then Showmax supplied content that hasn't been seen on the channel. In May 2019, it launched as a pop-up channel only in South Africa and Lesotho as stated it launch with it being permanent for the rest of Africa. Now the channel has been added permanently to South Africa and Lesotho.

PBS Kids' African feed uses the same schedule everyday, airs new double or single bill episodes everyday, has no ads like the one in the United States, no bumpers but they do have interstitials, no marathons or stunts and no shorts or movies but maybe they'll add some of these a little later for now they could be familiarising themselves with the market. The current series on this channel are Peg + Cat - Mathematics, Wild Kratts - Wilderness (Natural Science), Wordworld - Numeracy (English), Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Emotional intelligence and human respect (Life Orientation), Time Warp Trio - History, Pinkalicious and Peterrific - Visual Arts, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Crafts and music (Creative Arts) and Molly of Denali - Culture (Creative Arts).

In the end, these series are watched and have fans as well even I enjoyed some of the shows back in my youth and see a few interesting shows now. Even stations like Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon along with their additional stations were at their prime back then compared to now so these brands are no really no different and are just evolving with time.

THANK YOU MEDORA ENTERTAINMENT FOR PART OF THE INFO
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SURVEY ON PBS KIDS
- PBS Kids is #1 in preparing kids for success in school and in life. For those without the channel selected programs can be found on free-to-air channels.
- Parents report that TV is one of the top ways they spend time together as a family. PBS Kids is the best use for family screentime with 37% along with 24% being Disney Junior, 12% being Nick Jr, 2% being Cartoon Network and 25% having other alternatives.
- PBS Kids is #1 in readiness when preparing kids for school parents discovered the following: PBS Kids is 50% helpful and 31% helps somewhat, Disney Junior is 28% helpful and 36% helps somewhat, Nick Jr is 28% helpful and 31% helps somewhat, and Cartoon Network is 9% helpful and 10% helps somewhat.
- Parents especially in low-income communities rank PBS Kids as the most trusted and safe place to watch television.
- Improving in child's behaviour: 66% being PBS Kids, 56% being Disney Junior, 50% being Nick Jr and 16% being Cartoon Network.
- 74% of parents want high-quality educational content available to children anytime, anywhere and PBS Kids is available on TV and to stream. With its programs available for distribution.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Now That WWE Channel (SuperSlam) Becames A Permanent, Could A Permanent PBS Kids Follow In South Africa And A Few Other African Markets?

A few days ago SuperSport and WWE signed an extensive deal for more live events as well as a permanent 24/7 WWE channel since it is performing well with viewers. Now the question arises of whether the PBS Kids will suffer the same fate.

PBS KIDS is the number one educational media brand for kids from PBS, offering children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds. The channel was available exclusively on DStv Now service back in 2018 with a channel number 318 label on it at the time before 313 and MultiChoice said if all went all they would give it a dedicated channel depending on the market demand.

A year after it was available through DStv Now several African markets began to advertise the channel back in March only to reel it's way to the platform 2 months later as a pop-up channel in South Africa and a few other markets (some labelling it as a permanent addition). The channel was set to go off on Thursday, 22 August but recieved a silent 6 month extension with no info from MultiChoice except that a discontinuation date will be announced early in the new year presumably late January to mid February.
MultiChoice in some African territories like Kenya label it as a permanent addition while South Africa and a few other markets label it as a pop-up so why extend the channel for another 6 months why not close it in August like you agreed upon. Could it be that PBS is working on a 24/7 version of the channel to take upon the outdated pop-up channel's position kind of like what's happening with the WWE Channel that might explain the extension to 2020 opposed to MultiChoice giving viewers more time for the channel.

Here's my hunch PBS Kids launched as a promotional channel in South Africa and Lesotho with it being permanent in selected African markets while PBS was working on a permanent 24/7 channel feed for Africa which was set for a August 22nd release but couldn't release it at the time so MultiChoice delayed the permanent 24/7 channel feed to 2020. In other markets like India where a permanent PBS Kids channel exists they update it's lineup on a monthly basis like any other kids channel opposed to Africa's where they were only able to update the lineup at the same time MultiChoice extended the channel in South Africa and haven't bothered updating its lineup even further. So if the channel closed in August would PBS or MultiChoice have any intention of updating the lineup or would viewers have to wait a whole year for new content.

PBS Kids has recieved some positive feedback with regards to the programming seen on the channel. The minor issue would have to be the audio and/or the picture quality since its introduction regardless the channel is running smoothly in market. If a 24/7 channel does replace pop-up they'll need to work hard on adjusting those minor issues. Can't really say much about updating programs since it was only a temporary channel so the 24/7 channel could change that and update monthly.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

MultiChoice Brings Edutainment Fun For Children With The Launch Of PBS Kids

Multichoice is always looking for the freshest in kid’s entertainment and has partnered with PBS to bring PBS KIDS’ high-quality educational content to the DStv platform available in all of sub-Saharan Africa. For three months, starting Wednesday, 22 May through Thursday, 22 August 2019, DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family & Access customers will have PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, ARTHUR and other well-known PBS KIDS series available on DStv Channel 313.

“MultiChoice is always open to exploring ways to expand our customer offering, adding a children’s channel that is not only entertainment for the entire family but also experiential and educational adds value to the DStv packages,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment for MultiChoice.

Andrea Downing, Co-President of PBS Distribution, comments, “We are excited to offer this new audience the opportunities that PBS KIDS content offers.  PBS KIDS is the number one educational media brand for kids, offering children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds. DStv is inviting parents and children to experience this trusted content that helps children learn and grow.”

To stimulate the intellect of our young ones on the go, they can stream PBS KIDS live with parental controls for a safe viewing environment anytime, anywhere via the DStv Now mobile app or online now.dstv.com.

Among the series included in the channel are:

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®
PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®, based on the beloved book series by Victoria Kann, encourages children to engage in self-expression and to explore the arts, including music, dance, and visual arts. Kids will be inspired to get creative by Pinkalicious, Peter, and their friends through adventures in their neighborhood of Pinkville!

ARTHUR
Based on the best-selling children's books by Marc Brown, ARTHUR follows the adventures of 8-year-old Arthur Read. Join the beloved aardvark for heartfelt and humorous stories about family, friends, and the challenges of growing up.

WORDWORLD
The lovable WordFriends take children on adventures in a world of words where they encounter problems that can only be solved by building a word. Playfully demonstrating the connections between letters, sounds, words, and meaning, WORDWORLD empowers children to advance from learning letters to learning how to read.

PBS KIDS on DStv will also feature episodes from POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER, PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD, and TIME WARP TRIO.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

What To Expect From The New Youth Channel Coming Soon On DStv? [Updated 10/05/2019]

MultiChoice has been quite lately with channel additions either they don't have the time or there's nothing exciting to boast about. They recently launched the overdue news channel Newzroom Afrika and now their next target is PBS Kids. 

For sometime I've been following the latest developments of this youth channel with less input from MultiChoice. PBS Kids was first added through their Catch-Up service on DStv Now as an experimental channel last year to see if the content would blend with its viewers. 

Thanks to MultiChoice Kenya we finally know that it will be a new channel addition to DStv. As some may already know PBS Kids exists as a programming block on PBS and a video channel in the United States. 

From what I've heard in other markets those who get the standalone channel through cable recieve the outdated version while those who stream the channel and possibly get it as a programming block get the latest content. All these shows are costly so whenever PBS commissions a new youth oriented show they either cancel the show or put it on an indefinite hiatus with Cartoon Network only falling through the hiatus and lack of cancellation. 

For those living in Africa you'll discover that PBS Kids' latest shows like Ready Jet Go, Wild Kratts and Daniel Tigers Neighbourhood are available through MultiChoice's Showmax cancels any possibilities of the PBS Kids video app. MultiChoice is currently working on some tests for the channel in the i-plate section so we could expect an official announcement in the next 2 weeks. My assumption is the channel will launch on the 3rd of June if not later on channel 318 when the contents expires at the end of May. 

At the moment, PBS Kids' schedule on the i-plate consists of double bills with 7/8 shows currently seen on DStv Now air new episodes 7 days a week like Zee World. It could change when it launches only time will tell, here's what to expect from this new youth channel:

ARTHUR (1996-)
The show is set in the fictional American city of Elwood City, and revolves around the lives of 8-year-old Arthur Read, an anthropomorphic aardvark, his friends and family, and their daily interactions with each other.

MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBOURHOOD (1968-2001)
Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD (2004-2011)
Viewers follow Peep, Chirp, and Quack as they investigate and explore the world around them.

PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC (2018–)
Pinkalicious imagines creative possibilities
everywhere she looks. Aimed at kids 3-5,
Pinkalicious & Peterrific encourages
viewers to engage in the creative arts and
self-expression, including music, dance,
theater and visual arts. Get creative with
Pinkalicious, Peter and all their friends in
Pinkville!

POSTCARDS FROM BUSTER (2004-2012)
Young rabbit Buster Baxter is a familiar face from the hit children's series "Arthur." Now he has his own show, traveling across America, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico with his dad.

TIME WARP TRIO (2005–2006)
For his tenth birthday, Joe receives a
mysterious blue book from his magician
uncle and namesake, "Joe the Magnificent,"
known only as "The Book". Using a number
of often unpredictable and/or unintentional
voice and print cues, The Book frequently
transports Joe and his friends, Fred and
Sam, to a variety of places in history, like
Ancient Egypt, the Old West and to the year
2105, where they meet their own great-
granddaughters, Jodie, Samantha and
Freddi. The only way they are able to return
present-day Brooklyn, New York is to find
The Book again within whatever time period
they are in. Later in the series, Joe's evil
uncle, Mad Jack, makes several attempts to
capture the children and The Book with his
crafty tricks, whether stranding them in
Antarctica (where The Book doesn't work)
or trying to make their new home in China
(during the Tang Dynasty).

WORDWORLD (2007-2011)
Come along for an adventurous romp into a colorful, vibrant world of words with Duck and his lovable, legible WordFriends — animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they are.

UNKNOWN:
According to insiders, PBS Kids lost the rights to this show. That could explain Pinkalicious' double bills and Ruff's absence from the i-plate unless they're plans in place to launch it later. Just like NickToons did with Totally Spies! and SpongeBob Squarepants with Disney Junior being Elena of Avalor.
FETCH! WITH RUFF RUFFMAN (2006-2010)
Blending live-action and animation, FETCH revolves around an animated dog named Ruff Ruffman, who develops, produces, and hosts his own reality TV show. Ruff runs the show from his state-of-the-art headquarters, otherwise known as his dog house, and issues wild and wacky real-world challenges to a group of 10-14 year old kid contestants.

FORMAT OF THE SCHEDULE (RECAP)
Please take note of the following:
1.If you see two different times separated by a / that means its a double run or bill. This format is applied to 99% of the schedule on a daily basis.
2.The 1% doesn't have a double bill and usually occurs at midnight (12am) or morning (6am) depending on the times in days.
3.The times are the only things that change on this channel drastically especially at midnight and morning e.g. Arthur does at 18:33 on Monday, 19:00 on Tuesday and 18:52 on Wednesday. The format and order remain the same (excluding 11pm-12am and 5am-6am).
4.When the channel does launch the schedule could be different from the i-plate perspective but I doubt that's gonna happen anytime soon.
5.Even though 99% of the schedule is double runs, it will change overtime. Some shows will fall off  the schedule to make way for new shows while others share a timeslot meaning less double runs.

Daily Schedule
Friday 10 May
06:01  Wordworld
06:28/06:50  Peep And The Big Wide World
07:12/07:37  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
08:02/08:26  Arthur
08:53/09:19  Postcards From Buster
09:46/10:09  Time Warp Trio
10:32/11:01  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
11:29/11:56  Wordworld
12:23/12:45  Peep And The Big Wide World
13:07/13:32  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
13:57/14:22  Arthur
14:48/15:15  Postcards From Buster
15:41/16:05  Time Warp Trio
16:28/16:56  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
17:24/17:52  Wordworld
18:19/18:40  Peep And The Big Wide World
19:02/19:27  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
19:52/20:17  Arthur
20:43/21:10  Postcards From Buster
21:37/22:00  Time Warp Trio
22:23/22:52  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
23:20/23:47  Wordworld
Saturday 11 May
00:14/00:36  Peep And The Big Wide World
00:58/01:23  Pinkalicious And Peterrific
01:48/02:15  Arthur
02:41/03:09  Postcards From Buster
03:37/04:00  Time Warp Trio
04:23/04:51  Mister Rogers Neighbourhood
05:20/05:47  Wordworld

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Confirmed: PBS Kids Launching Soon On DStv

Thanks to MultiChoice Kenya we finally know that PBS Kids will be a permanent addition to the DStv Platform.

MultiChoice added kids content from America's PBS Kids to its DStv Catch Up service as part of the pay-TV operator's DStv Now streaming service and stated it might be used elsewhere if there's a demand for it.

There's no response as yet from MultiChoice on when PBS Kids will be added. The channel will be available to all DStv subscribers as stated by MultiChoice Kenya. In South Africa, the channel is accessible from Easyview (cheapest package only found in South Africa).

PBS Kids is the children's programming brand of America's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) that is broadcast as a kids programming block on PBS in the United States, but it is also a digital video channel streaming kids content as part of a video app that PBS launched in January 2017.

The content which is seen on the channel is currently available on DStv's Catch-Up Service through "DStv Now" until 31 May 2019.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

PBS Kids Update On DStv

PBS Kids
318
Providing the highest-quality programming and learning environment for children, PBS invites kids on a journey to explore the world around them with non-violent, age-appropriate content that offers positive role models to learn from.

Programs by PBS Kids that are available on the DStv Now App (as seen on the TV Guide and programs are subjected to change):
Mister Roger's Neighbourhood
Peep And The Big Wide World (Formerly seen on eToonz)
Arthur (Formerly seen on SABC 1 & 2)
Fetch with Ruff Ruffman
Postcards from Buster
Time Warp Trio
Pinkalicious & Peterrific
WordWorld

Available on the DStv Now app via DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access & Easyview. DStv added its content back in June and is plotting to make a dedicated channel for it if only there's a demand for it but seeing now that they've listed the channel on their website with a tv guide and everything the channel looks like its coming soon. So if PBS Kids does happen to get a dedicated channel it will take the channel 318 slot and be available from the Easyview package and upwards as seen on the App since most of its content is educational and not harmful to children with a mixture of animation and live-action plus it shares similarities to Boomerang, Nick Jr, Cbeebies, Disney Junior, JimJam & Mindset.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

More About PBS Kids, Might Launch On DStv

PBS Kids is an American digital broadcast and online television network operated by the Public Broadcasting Service. The network features a broad mix of live-action and animated children's programs distributed to PBS by independent companies and select member stations, which are designed for improving the early literacy, math, and social-emotional skills of young children ages 2 to 11.

PBS Kids network was relaunched on January 16, 2017 with a live stream of the channel on the PBS Kids website and video app; no changes were made to the main PBS Kids block. The block is counter programmed from the network, thus the same show would not be shown at the same time on the network and block.

MultiChoice recently added PBS Kids content to the DStv Now App through its Catch Up Service with plans to launch a dedicated channel if there's a demand for it. a channel number 318

The current programs viewed on PBS Kids:
-Splash & Bubbles
-Ready Jet Go
-Wild Kratts
-Nature Cats
-Peg+Cat
-Odd Squad
-Pinkalicious & Peterrific
-The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About
That!
-Daniel Tiger
-Sesame Street
Just to name a few...

Friday, 13 July 2018

MultiChoice Adds PBS Kids Content To Its DStv Catch Up Service On DStv Now, Might Use It Elsewhere As Well

MultiChoice has added kids content from America's PBS Kids to its DStv Catch Up service as part of the pay-TV operator's DStv Now streaming service and might make it available more broadly if there's a demand for it.

PBS Kids is the children's programming brand of America's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) that is broadcast as a kids programming block on PBS in the United States, but it is also a digital video channel streaming kids content as part of a video app that PBS launched in January 2017.

"We have added the PBS Kids content to Catch Up on DStv Now and if all goes well, we plan to use it elsewhere," MultiChoice tells TVwithThinus.