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Jetix trials ad-supported online video

Pan-European kids broadcaster Jetix Europe is testing an advertising supported broadband player in key European territories. The player is accessed via local websites and shows exclusive clips, lasting a few minutes, from Jetix shows. The service being trialed in Spain offers access to full length shows as well as clips. So far the trial service […]

Treehouse growing into the UK

Canadian kids producer Nelvana is launching its download-to-own service Treehouse Direct in the UK – the first time it has offered the facility outside of Canada. It has signed a deal with UK telco BT to offer its kids shows via the recently launched BT Vision Download Store. Programming includes Franklin the Turtle and Max&Ruby […]

Chaotic year ahead for 4Kids

4Kids Entertainment is pinning hopes for 2007 on the launch of a new trading card site based on the Chaotic show and on Viva Pinata, the animated show it launched last fall. It also hopes that Turtles merchandise be boosted by the successful TMNT movie (Warner Bros., Weinstein). 2006 was tough as licensing revenue from […]

BSkyB launches push VOD service

BSkyB, the UK pay TV operator, has launched a push video-on-demand service. Customers will now be able to access on-demand content on their high definition PVR settop boxes (which is stored separately from programming they have recorded themselves). Shows from Sky-affiliated channels such as Sky One, Sky Sports, National Geographic, The History Channel, Biography, Crime&Investigation […]

Nat Geo launches kids block in LatAm

National Geographic is to launch a dedicated kids block on its Latin American network. The block, which will vary in length from country to country, will be called Nat Geo and Me and will include shows such as Zula Patrol.

Second Life for ABC Australia

Australian public broadcaster ABC has launched a portal via Second Life, becoming the first Australian media firm to enter the virtual world. The ABC Island allows virtual visitors to watch local shows including comedy clips and a series of live concerts.

Sparks fly at Kidscreen 2007

Kidscreen, the annual NYC get together of the great and the good of the kids TV business, got off to a fiery start this year. Delegates were woken the night before day one by alarms as an electrical fire swept the building and burst pipes, flooding the Nicktoons Lounge, which had been set aside for […]

Download to burn from Lovefilm

Lovefilm, the online video service, is to offer the UK’s first download-to-burn service after it inked a deal with Sony Pictures. It is also partnering with car manufacturer Volkswagen to offer free, ad-supported, movie downloads.

Canada and Singapore get together for toons

It wasn’t long ago that western coproductions with Asian companies were little more than service agreements. But the playing field has levelled and there are now concrete examples of Canadian co-pros with Singapore becoming true partnerships, reports Amanda Burgess. "It’s the classic international cost cycle you read about in business school: labour intensive animation work […]

ohm:tv launches mobile channels

Ohm:TV, the German mobile TV operator, has boosted the number of channels it offers after signing a distribution deal for The Line and Girlz channels. Girlz is a lifestyle channel aimed at teenage girls interested in fashion and gossip, while The Line is a music channel covering live concerts and tour reports. Both channels have […]