KidsCo

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KidsCo
KidsCo TV Channel Logo, updated version 2012.png
Launched September 7, 2007 (Central and eastern Europe, western Asia)
January 1, 2008 (Philippines and the Middle East)
March 20, 2008 (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, and South Korea)
November 15, 2009 (Australia)
November 27, 2009 (Greece)
May 1, 2010 (South Africa)
June 1, 2012 (Malaysia)
Closed January 1, 2014 (Turkey)
February 13, 2014 (Southeast Asia and Australia)
2014 (all countries)
Owned by NBCUniversal, Inc. (51%)
Corus Entertainment, Inc. (43.8%)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
576i (SDTV)
Country Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia
Language available in 18 languages
Availability at time of closure
Indovision Indonesia Channel 48
DishHD Taiwan Channel 6550
Dialog TV Sri Lanka Channel 47
OkeVision Indonesia Channel 61
OTE TV Sat Channel 503
Turksat Turkey Channel 172
Optimus Clix Portugal Channel 64
IPTV
mio TV Singapore Channel 29
MOD Taiwan Channel 019
UniFi Malaysia Channel 560

KidsCo was an international children's entertainment brand founded by Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment's Nelvana Enterprises, American-based producer DIC Entertainment, and European broadcaster Sparrowhawk Media Group in April 2007.[1] By the end of 2007, Sparrowhawk was purchased by media conglomerate NBC Universal, thus giving the company its share in the brand.[2] In June 2008, DiC Entertainment was acquired by Cookie Jar Group, thus also having a stake.[3] In May 2012, Cookie Jar's minority shares in KidsCo were brought by NBCUniversal and Corus, which saw NBCUniversal become majority shareholder with a 51% share while Corus obtained a 43.8% share.[4][5]

KidsCo was closed down worldwide on early 2014 by its owners, in light of NBCUniversal's acquisition of US children's network Sprout and "growing challenges in the international children's television industry.[6] The network was based in London at the time of its closure.[7]

History

The first KidsCo networks were launched in Poland, Romania and Turkey on September 7, 2007. The channel also launched in Hungary, and Russia.[8]

On January 1, 2008, KidsCo launched in the Philippines on SkyCable and in the Arab World on Orbit Showtime[9] on March 20, 2008. On the first trimester of 2009 the channel was launched in Portugal on Optimus Clix. The channel become available also on Vodafone Casa TV platform on July 25, 2010.[10]

KidsCo original logo used from 2007 to 2012

On November 15, 2009, KidsCo launched in Australia on Foxtel.[11] On November 27, 2009, Kidsco launched In November 2009, Kidsco launched in Greece on Conn-x TV[12] and in Cyprus on CytaVision.[13] In November 2010 KidsCo became carried via Greece's IPTV On Telecoms platform.[14] On May 1, 2010 Kidsco launched in South Africa on TopTV[15] and on DStv on July 12, 2010.[16]

[17] In 2008 KidsCo suggested that it intended to launch throughout France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and the United States that year, but this did not transpire.[8] Despite numerous claims of an imminent UK launch since 2007,[18][19][20][21][22] the channel has no presence in the country because as of 2011 market conditions mean a launch isn't commercially viable.[8][23]

On January 8, 2013, KidsCo began broadcasting from Corus Quay in Toronto - a state-of-the-art facility that will broadcast the channel to over 100 territories in 17 languages.[24] A refreshed logo, on-air look and website was also launched.[25]

Citing growing challenges in the international children's television industry, and the addition of the competing PBS Kids Sprout to NBC's portfolio due to its recent acquisition by Comcast, KidsCo announced that it would shut down in early 2014. [6]

The first KidsCo to close in Turkey closed down on January 1. The second two KidsCos to shutter in Southeast Asia and Australia closed down on February 13.

Shows and Movies

Not all of the above shows are available in all areas.

References

  1. ^ SPARROWHAWK MEDIA, DIC ENTERTAINMENT AND CORUS ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER TO LAUNCH KIDSCO, A BRANDED GLOBAL CHANNEL FOR CHILDREN
  2. ^ Haycock, Gavin (28 August 2007). "NBC Universal agrees to buy Sparrowhawk Media". Reuters. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Dickson, Jeremy (14 May 2012). "NBCUniversal, Corus up their stakes in KidsCo". Kids Screen. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Szalai, Georg (14 May 2012). "NBCUniversal International Raises Stakes in Children's Channel KidsCo". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Vlessing, Etan (November 18, 2013). "NBCUniversal, Corus to Shutter KidsCo Network in Early 2014". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  6. ^ http://www.lyngsat-address.com/gk/KidsCo.html
  7. ^ a b c http://www.nbcuni.com/Global_Networks/ (dead)
  8. ^ "New channel on SHOWTIME". Showtimearabia.com. December 31, 2007. 
  9. ^ http://www.c21media.net/features/detail.asp?area=79&article=56693
  10. ^ "FOXTEL NEXT GENERATION - Giving Viewers What They Want When They Want it" (Press release). Foxtel. November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.awn.com/news/television/kidsco-launch-greece
  12. ^ http://www.cytavision.com.cy/english/tv_channels.php?cat_id=3
  13. ^ http://www.digitaltveurope.net/news_articles/nov_10/08_nov_10/kidsco_launches_on_greek_iptv
  14. ^ http://toptv.co.za/bouquet
  15. ^ http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/201007067008/kidsco-gets-dstv-feed.html
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "NBC Universal kids' channel seeks brand sponsorships". Brand Republic. March 26, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Licence Details for KIDSCO". Ofcom. October 19, 2007. 
  19. ^ "KidsCo signs three-year deal with the BBC". Broadcastnow. September 2, 2008. 
  20. ^ "KidsCo expands into five new markets". Media Week. September 3, 2009. 
  21. ^ "KidsCo eyes 2010 launch". Broadcastnow. October 6, 2009. 
  22. ^ "Cost hurdles block KidsCo UK launch". C21 Media. July 8, 2011. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ "corusent.com". Corus Entertainment. January 7, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  24. ^ Knox, David (September 27, 2012). "KidsCo to refresh with Zuzu TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/za/shows/6teen/
  26. ^ a b http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/sonic-the-hedgehog/
  27. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/kr/shows/angela-anaconda/
  28. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/babar-king-of-elephants/
  29. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/beverly-hills-teen-club/
  30. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/uk/shows/the-bfg/index.html
  31. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/kr/shows/big-and-hairy/
  32. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/birdz-/index.html
  33. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/blasters-universe/
  34. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/bommi-and-friends/
  35. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/corporate/pr-downloads/2010.09.13-KidsCo_launches_Bommi_and_Friends_on_international_platform.pdf
  36. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/boo-and-me/
  37. ^ http://www.realwire.com/release_detail.asp?ReleaseID=11961
  38. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/sg/shows/cake/
  39. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/my/shows/chuck-finn/
  40. ^ http://www.awn.com/news/television/kidsco-signs-content-fireworks
  41. ^ http://www.dstv.com/Pages/Highlights/816/Chucklewood%20Critters
  42. ^ a b http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/kidsco-picks-up-dangermouse-in-fme-detail/5008296.article
  43. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/corduroy/
  44. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/uk/shows/creature-comforts/index.html
  45. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/cyberchase/
  46. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/dino-squad/
  47. ^ http://www.realwire.com/releases/kidsco-secures-first-run-deals-for-the-future-is-wild-and-dinosquad Archived 10 August 2011 at WebCite
  48. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/donkey-kong-country/
  49. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/uk/shows/eyewitness/index.html
  50. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/fairly-odd-parents/
  51. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/fat-dog-medoza/
  52. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/hk/shows/franklin/
  53. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/my/shows/crayola-kids-tales-of-gullivers-travels/
  54. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/heathcliff/
  55. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/
  56. ^ http://www.dstv.com/Pages/Highlights/706/Festive%20Fun%20on%20KidsCo
  57. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/iz-and-the-zizzles/
  58. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/tw/shows/jane-and-the-dragon/
  59. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/downloads/jass-time-downloads/
  60. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/pl/shows/jayce-and-the-wheeled-warriors/
  61. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/little-bear/
  62. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/mask/
  63. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/maggie-and-the-ferocious-beast/
  64. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/mary-kate-and-ashley/
  65. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/max--ruby/
  66. ^ http://www.mykidscotv.com/tr/shows/max--ruby/
  67. ^ http://www.mykidscotv.com/fr/shows/medabots/
  68. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2010/10/04/kidsco-20101004/?word=sta% Archived 10 August 2011 at WebCite
  69. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/kh/shows/my-friend-rabbit/
  70. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/za/shows/my-parents-are-aliens/
  71. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/neds-newt/
  72. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/kh/shows/ocean-star/
  73. ^ http://www.mykidscotv.com/de/shows/pecola/
  74. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/pelswick/
  75. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/es/shows/rainbow-brite/
  76. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/redwall/
  77. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/rescue-heroes/
  78. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/rolie-polie-olie/
  79. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/es/shows/round-the-twist/
  80. ^ http://www.c21media.net/news/detail.asp?area=79&article=51851 Archived 10 August 2011 at WebCite
  81. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/rupert/
  82. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/za/shows/sabrina-animated-series/
  83. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/scout-safari
  84. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/seven-little-monsters/
  85. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/sherlock-holmes/
  86. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/tw/shows/spheres/
  87. ^ http://www.licensing.biz/news/2118/KidsCo-grows-Asia-presence
  88. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/snakes-tales/
  89. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/kh/shows/sonic-underground/
  90. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/sticking-around/
  91. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/the-super-mario-bros-super-show/
  92. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/super-mario-world/
  93. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/tales-from-the-cryptkeeper/
  94. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/adventures-of-paddington-bear/
  95. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/adventures-of-super-mario-bros-3/
  96. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/the-beach-crew/
  97. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/berenstain-bears/
  98. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/id/shows/magic-school-bus/
  99. ^ http://www.mykidscotv.com/pt/shows/mystery-files-of-shelby-woo/
  100. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/es/shows/mystery-files-of-shelby-woo/
  101. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/hk/shows/new-adventures-of-madeline/
  102. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/new-adventures-of-ocean-girl/
  103. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/th/shows/prince-and-the-pauper/
  104. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/my/shows/story-of-tracy-beaker/
  105. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/za/shows/crayola-kids-the-trojan-horse/
  106. ^ http://www.realwire.com/releases/kidsco-welcomes-leading-brand-the-wiggles Archived 10 August 2011 at WebCite
  107. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2010/10/04/kidsco-20101004/?word=sta% Archived 10 August 2011 at WebCite
  108. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/my/shows/crayola-kids-20000-leagues-under-the-sea/
  109. ^ http://mykidscotv.com/uae/shows/wallace-and-gromit---a-close-shave
  110. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/au/shows/wimzies-house/
  111. ^ http://www.kidscotv.tv/uk/shows/the-wind-and-the-willows