MovieSpree, Mill Creek Entertainment’s transactional VOD service, is offering sales on several animated kids’ series to keep the little ones occupied while they stay at home.
On March 25, MovieSpree launched the complete first season of the animated kids’ series “Gigantosaurus,” on sale for $22.49 — 25% off of the regular price. In the series, young dinosaurs Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu are growing up in the Cretaceous period where life is always an adventure — new volcanoes are popping up all the time, the long-necked brachiosauruses and enormous triceratops roam free, meteor showers light up the night sky, and the big, fierce Gigantosaurus reigns over it all.
Also on sale are several complete animated series at $2.99, including “Liberty’s Kids” (including all 40 episodes of the edutainment series), “Street Sharks,” “C.O.P.S.,” “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century,” “Archie’s Weird Mysteries” and “Horseland.”
DHX Media will debut the new children’s subscription video on demand service Kids Room this summer.
The ad-free service, priced at $4.99 a month, will feature kid-friendly shows drawn from DHX Media’s library and will be available on Comcast’s Xfinity X1. Shows available on the service include “Slugterra,” “Polly Pocket,” “Strawberry Shortcake,” “Teletubbies,” “Fireman Sam,” “Storm Hawks,” “In the Night Garden,” “Kid vs. Kat,” “Chuck’s Choice,” “Endangered Species,” “Sabrina: The Animated Series,” “Angela Anaconda” and “Bob the Builder.”
X1 customers across the United States will be able to subscribe to and access the service over the Internet by saying “Kids Room” into their X1 voice remote or by finding it within the networks section of Xfinity on Demand. Kids Room will also be available on Xfinity Flex to Comcast’s Internet-only customers.
“Kids Room is a new offering for DHX Media, and we are delighted Comcast’s Xfinity customers will be among the first to enjoy it,” said Joe Tedesco, EVP and GM, DHX Television, in a statement. “As one of the world’s leading producers and owners of children’s content, we see Kids Room as a natural touchpoint to entertain kids with great programming in the expanding landscape of streaming opportunities. We’ve selected some really fun shows for the service from our deep content library, and we’re confident children are going to love Kids Room.”
Netflix March 5 announced rollout of a PIN control option for movies and episodic series enabling parents and guardians more control over what their children can watch on the streaming service.
Since launching Netflix Kids in 2011, the SVOD giant has offered myriad parental controls so children can stream content independently and free of commercials.
Now, Netflix is enabling parents to place controls on specific programing, including maturity level.
The service will begin displaying more prominently the maturity level rating for a series or member once a member hits play on a title. Netflix said it plans to make ratings information more descriptive and easier for subscribers to understand with just a quick glance.
“We understand that every family is different and that parents have differing perspectives on what they feel is appropriate to watch at different ages,” Mike Hastings, director of enhanced content, at Netflix wrote in a blog post. “These latest steps are part of our continuous efforts to keep members better informed, and more in control, of what they and their families choose to watch on Netflix.”