Toon Goggles

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Toon Goggles is an on-demand entertainment service for children that offers animated cartoons, live-action shows, games and music worldwide via the web and mobile applications on smartphones, OTT devices, smart TVs and tablets,[1] led by CEO and co-founder Stephen Hodge. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Toon Goggles has developed partnerships with many large consumer electronics companies such as Sony, Samsung and Roku.[2] Their pre-screened children's content is compliant with COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act).[3]

The platform caters to both children and animators in that animators have the opportunity to publish their shows on Toon Goggles for free. Animation rights holders are then provided with analytical data regarding the popularity of each show that they can present to network producers and/or investors.[4]

In December 2014, Toon Goggles introduced 4K streaming of 18 series within their service. The Ultra High-Definition cartoons and live-action shows appear on VIZIO and Sony 4K TVs.[5]

Features[edit]

Many of Toon Goggles customers use the service on children's tablets, especially Techno Source's Kurio7[6] and Oregon Scientific's MEEP![7] The application is available on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

  • Some Features Include:
    • 6 show categories including boys, girls, action, comedy, preschool, and educational
    • 6 game categories including arcade, puzzle, sports, action, strategy and adventures
    • News stories and educational content for kids and tweens
    • TG Radio, a kid-safe music service with pop hits and soundtracks
    • Parental control switch to monitor viewing
    • UHD 4K streaming[8]
    • Access over 3G/4G/Wi-Fi and ability to save cartoons for offline viewing
    • Localized interface in 18 different languages for global use

Background[edit]

The Toon Goggles application is developed by Toon Goggles Inc., a start-up based in Los Angeles, CA. In 2011, a demo website (www.toongoggles.com) was created to take to MIPCOM to show animation companies the exposure they could receive by placing their cartoons on the Toon Goggles service.[9] The mobile application was created soon after. In 2012, the platform secured one of its first partnerships with Panasonic to appear on the VIERA Connect television.[10] Toon Goggles has been pre-installed and promoted on a variety of devices for sale.

Stephen L. Hodge, Managing Director, spearheaded the creation of Toon Goggles in 2011, even coming up with the name, "Toon Goggles," and initial builds. Stephen meets face-to-face with large consumer electronics manufacturers around the world, securing partnerships for the platform.[11]

James R. Cahall, Chief Technology Officer, heads the service's technology development and feature integration, including the company's move to offer 4K streaming. James has led Toon Goggles' platform agnostic design implementation to support delivery to millions of users on most modern devices.[12]

Jordan Warkol, Director of Business Development, was compelled to work in the children's entertainment space as a result of his 15 years as an actor, starting at the age of 4 playing 'Froggy' in the 1994 version of "The Little Rascals."[13] Jordan oversees day-to-day activities at the office, specializing in marketing, human resources, and content acquisition and distribution.

Business model[edit]

Originally a free service, Toon Goggles now follows the Freemium model, offering users free content with pre-screened advertising and the ability to upgrade to the subscription service with an ad-free model.[14] After a 30-day free trial period, the premium subscription is $4.99 a month. TG Radio is an additional $2.99 per month after a one-week free trial. Some of the TV shows offered require the subscription service in order to view every episode

Partners[edit]

Toon Goggles has aggregated a high amount of partnerships with consumer electronic companies, animation content producers as well as other partners, which has made them with excellent distribution as well as giving them great strides in technology.

Devices[edit]

Toon Goggles can be found on an array of electronic devices.

  • VIZIO 4K
  • Sony 4K TV, Sharp Aquos LED TV, Panasonic VIERA Connect and Samsung TV
  • Western Digital WD TV Live
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • Apple TV
  • ClickN Kids Tablet 2
  • Google TV
  • Kurio 7 and Kurio Xtreme Android Tablets
  • Oregon Scientific’s MEEP! and MEEP! X2 Tablet for Kids
  • Nook HD
  • Polaroid Kids Tablet and Kids Tablet 2
  • iOS[34]
  • Android
  • macOS and Windows
  • TiVo

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.toongoggles.com
  2. ^ Gary Rusak, "Toon Goggles added to Samsung’s Smart TV platform", Kids Screen, 1/23/2014
  3. ^ Jesse Whittock, "Toon Goggles Builds Library with YFE",C21 Media, 1/31/2012
  4. ^ Wendy Goldman Getzler, "Cartoon website targets kids and network execs",Kids Screen, 3/18/2011
  5. ^ Ryan Waniata, " Vizio’s P-series 4K UHD TVs will get more content thanks to Amazon, Ultraflix, and Toon Goggles", Digital Trends, 12/22/2014
  6. ^ Anna Attkisson, "Techno Source Kurio 7 Review", Laptop Mag, 09/14/2012
  7. ^ Jeremy Dickson, "Toon Goggles hits the Meep! screen tablet",Kids Screen, 9/12/2012
  8. ^ "Sony Electronics Showcases New 4K Ultra HD TV Line", 1/25/2015
  9. ^ Jeremy Dickson, "Toon Goggles secures kids content from BRB",Kids Screen, 7/17/2012
  10. ^ Jeremy Dickson, "Toon Goggles content to reach Panasonic smart TVs",Kids Screen, 6/14/2012
  11. ^ https://gust.com/companies/toon_goggles_inc
  12. ^ http://www.powerslyde.com/powerslyde-profiles/powerslyde-profiles-stories-behind-the-apps-toon-goggles/
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912296/
  14. ^ "Toon Goggles Initiates Subscription Based Service",PR Web, 10/01/2012
  15. ^ Gary Rusak, "Toon Goggles added to Samsung’s Smart TV platform", Kids Screen, 1/23/2014
  16. ^ Jeremy Dickson, "Toon Goggles content to reach Panasonic smart TVs",Kids Screen, 6/14/2012
  17. ^ "Toon Goggles Adds Sharp Aquos Led TV as Newest Distribution Partner", 5/07/2013
  18. ^ Ed Washington, "Toon Goggles lands on Sony Xperia", Animation World Network, 2/04/2013
  19. ^ https://www.roku.com/channels#!details/27021/toon-goggles
  20. ^ Jeremy Dickson, "Western Digital puts on Toon Goggles", Kids Screen, 1/07/2014
  21. ^ Mercedes Milligan, "Toon Goggles, VIZIO Partnership Kicks Off",Animation Magazine, 8/04/2014
  22. ^ "Toon Goggles launches on WOW! Ultra TVs",Animation Magazine, 12/15/2014
  23. ^ http://www.seiki.com/company/news/2014-09-05-Seiki-Toon-Goggles-Partnership-IFA.php
  24. ^ "http://mobileandroidgeeks.com/toon-glasses-in-partnership-with-techno-source-on-new-kurio7-android-tablet-for-families.html"
  25. ^ Anna Attkisson, "Techno Source Kurio 7 Review", Laptop Mag, 09/14/2012
  26. ^ Jeremy Dickson, "Toon Goggles hits the Meep! screen tablet",Kids Screen, 9/12/2012
  27. ^ Jeremy Dickson, "Netrange Deal Brings Kids Entertainment Platform to Smart TVs Everywhere", 12/29/2014
  28. ^ Wendy Goldman Getzler, "Polaroid’s kids Tablet to feature Toon Goggles content",Kids Screen, 5/28/2013
  29. ^ http://toongogglesinc.com/toon-goggles-to-add-hisense-to-growing-list-of-smart-tv-partners/
  30. ^ http://www.wxvt.com/story/22070655/idolian-mobile-to-add-toon-goggles-app-to-its-line-of-android-tablets-pcs
  31. ^ "Toon Goggles Launches Free App For Barnes and Noble’s Critically Acclaimed Nook HD and Nook HD+",Business Wire, 3/04/2013
  32. ^ "Toon Goggles Brings Kids Mobile Hub to US Cellular Customers",Consumer Electronics Net, 1/20/2015
  33. ^ http://www.packetvideo.com/Content/en/PressRelease.aspx?pid=60
  34. ^ Tom McLean, "Toon Goggles Launches iPhone, iPad App",Animation Magazine, 3/12/2012