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PBS to debut a free 24/7 live channel for kids this year

Shows will be available live on across a variety of streaming devices.

Billy Steele , @wmsteele
02.23.16 in AV
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PBS already offers a range of streaming options for its content, and today the public broadcaster announced a new channel for kids. The upcoming PBS Kids channel will not only be available around the clock via traditional television broadcast, but it will be available to stream live 24/7 as well. As you might expect, you'll be able to access the kids shows via a smattering of streaming gear, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Chromecast and your go-to mobile device. If you're a fan of the on-demand episodes and clips available online and via the PBS Kids app, don't fret. That library of content is staying put and will serve as a companion to the live channel.

After launch, the new PBS Kids stream will expand to include educational games, too. The idea here is that children will be able to switch back and forth between the show they're watching and "an activity that extends learning." PBS says research shows engaging the network's content on multiple platforms is more effective, and the games will reinforce the educational ideals of the shows themselves. There's no word on exactly when the new viewing option for your little ones will debut, but PBS says it will arrive later this year.

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