BabyTV

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BabyTV
BabyTV.png
Launched 4 December 2003; 14 years ago (2003-12-04)
Owned by Fox Networks Group
(21st Century Fox)
Picture format 480i/576i (SDTV)
and 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan It's Their Choice
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters London
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV (U.S.) Channel 425
DigitAlb (Albania) Channel 14
Good TV (Thailand) Channel 66 (HD)
My TV (South Africa) Channel 6
Dolce (Romania) Channel 155
D-Smart (Turkey) Channel 123
Meo TV (Portugal) Channel 44
Directv (South America) Channel 999 and 201
SKY México (Mexico, Central America and Caribbean) Channel 324
UPC (Austria) Channel 406
Telefonica (Colombia) Channel 309
UNE (Colombia) Channel 128
Dish Network (Mexico) Channel 315 (Spanish)
OTE TV (Greece) Channel 504
DishTV (India) Channel 983 (SD)
Channel 982 (HD)
MNC Vision (Indonesia) Channel 40
Transvision (Indonesia) Channel 128
Nexmedia (Indonesia) Channel 28
Tata Sky (India) Channel 677 (SD)
Channel 676 (HD)
yes (Israel) Channel 81
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 361
beIN
(Middle East & North Africa)
Channel 104 (HD)
Videocon D2H (India) Channel 515
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 618
Dish Home (Nepal) Channel 806
Dish Network (U.S.) Channel 824 (SD/HD)
Cable
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 122 (Digital)
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 122 (Digital)
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 104
Virgin Media Channel 703
Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 516
Naxoo (Switzerland) Channel 125
Cytavision (Cyprus) Channel 28
Unitymedia (Germany) Channel 250
Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 232
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 310
Kabel Deutschland (Germany) Channel 845
UPC Romania Channel 509
Smallworld Cable (UK) Channel 640
MELITA Cable (Malta) Channel 459
GO Digital Multiplus (Malta) Channel 404
Comcast Channel 296
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 211
In Digital (India) Channel 874 (HD) (English Feed Only)
HOT (Israel) Channel 75
IPTV
now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 448
World On Demand (Japan) Channel 502
Fetch TV (Australia) Channel 150
Belgacom (Belgium) Channel French 140, Dutch 130
Singtel TV (Singapore) Channel 244( HD)
Channel 245 (Baby TV on Demand)
AT&T U-verse (U.S.) Channel 330
PEO TV (Sri Lanka) Channel 63
PTCL Smart TV (Pakistan) Channel 50
Vodafone (Portugal) Channel 56
CHT MOD (Taiwan) Channel 100
Unifi TV (Malaysia) Channel 968 (old)
Channel 562 (new)
Streaming media
Sling TV Internet Protocol television

BabyTV is a television channel for infants, toddlers, and parents, distributed worldwide by Fox Networks Group. Launched in 2003, BabyTV is distributed in over 100 countries, broadcasting in 18 languages (as of 2013).

History[edit]

  • BabyTV was first developed in 2003 as a channel in Israel by Maya and Liran Talit and members of their family.[1][2][1][3]
  • BabyTV was first launched on 4 December 2003, and on 8 October 2007, News Corp's Fox International Channels acquired a major stake in BabyTV, placing it alongside its international offerings of Fox Crime, FX, National Geographic and others.[4]
  • In 2006, Indovision with Dori Media Distribution started operating BabyTV in Indonesia. Re-brand as Vision 3 Baby, this channel is dubbed in Bahasa Indonesia and has the same program content and schedules which Baby TV Asia beams; however, advertising is different on both beams.
  • BabyTV was also launched on Sky Digital in the UK on 5 February 2007.[5]
  • In 2008, French authorities banned the broadcasting of programs aimed at children under the age of 3, and ordered warnings to be included on foreign channels available in France such as BabyTV and its competitor BabyFirst.[6]
  • The channel, along with Fox Crime and FX, was launched in India on 25 March 2009.
  • In January 2011, BabyTV was added to the programming package of Dish Network on channel 126.
  • On 1 December 2011, BabyTV was launched via SkyCable channel 140 and it will only be available through its digital platform.
  • On 1 October 2012, BabyTV was launched via mio TV channel 244 and it will be the first to launch the channel in HDTV 16:9 Format.
  • Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau are available on Now TV Channel 448, Macau Cable TV Channel 61 (SD) and 861 (HD) and Taiwan CATV Channel 311 (HD) and CHT MOD Channel 17.
  • A Spanish language version is available in the United States on Dish Network.
  • It is also available on OSN Network and BeIn Network with Arabic language.

Themes[edit]

BabyTV's original program library, which is developed in-house in co-operation with childhood development experts and content experts is built around nine developmental themes, which cover all early learning skill and developmental milestones for toddlers.[7]

The nine categories, include the following. They are:

  • First Concepts
  • Nature & Animals
  • Music & Art
  • Imagination & Creativity
  • Building Friendships
  • Songs & Rhymes
  • Guessing Games
  • Activities
  • Bedtime

On demand[edit]

BabyTV's video on demand service features edited segments of BabyTV programming, categorized into their nine developmental themes, in hundreds of half hour segments and is available in languages including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Turkish. The on-demand channel is available on Singtel TV. It will be launched to StarHub TV in Singapore and other pay TV providers in Asia in the future.

Home video[edit]

BabyTV has introduced a DVD offering. "My First Years Library" is a library that covers early learning skills and developmental milestones that children encounter in their first years. BabyTV's DVD collection features segments of BabyTV content and includes some of the channel's leading characters, such as Pitch & Potch.[8][9]

Broadcasting[edit]

RR Media provides playout and uplink services to the BabyTV channel. Languages are encrypted and uplinked via Hotbird 6, Measat 3a and Galaxy 23.

In other countries[edit]

Country Availability Debut
 Israel yes
HOT
Cellcom TV
Partner TV
December 4, 2003
 United States DirecTV
Dish Network
Sling TV
September 14, 2006
 India Dish TV
Tata Sky
Airtel Digital TV
d2h
Sun Direct
September 14, 2006
 Spain Movistar+
Vodafone TV
April 1, 2007
 United Kingdom Freeview June 25, 2018
 Italy Sky Italia August 1, 2009
 Japan ひかりTV
ジュピターテレコム
July 1, 2010
 Brazil NET
Oi TV
Sim TV
Claro TV
Algar TV
September 28, 2010
 Turkey June 30, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Doreen Carvajal, "BabyTV and BabyFirstTV target the diaper set", The New York Times, 18 May 2008.
  2. ^ Candace Krieger, "The woman nurturing TV channel for babies", The Jewish Chronicle, 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ Dade Hayes (2008). Anytime Playdate: Inside the Preschool Entertainment Boom, or, How Television Became My Baby's Best Friend. Simon and Schuster. pp. 153–157 and passim. ISBN 978-1-4165-6433-1.
  4. ^ Baby Tv - FOX International Channels
  5. ^ Baby TV launches on Sky - Tech News - Digital Spy
  6. ^ Christine Ollivier, "France bans broadcast of TV shows for babies", Associated Press in Deseret News, 20 August 2008.
  7. ^ BabyTV - programs
  8. ^ BabyTV launches My First Years Library | Licensing Industry | News by Licensing.biz
  9. ^ BabyTV case study in the RRsat Website