Canada’s Corus Ent. and U.S. cable TV provider Comcast Corp. have joined forces to launch Vortex On Demand, a new VOD service for kids 6-12. Available mid-July at no additional charge for Comcast Digital Cable customers, Vortex programming will feature 393 half-hours of children’s animation produced and distributed by Corus subsidiary Nelvana Ltd.
Under the multi-year deal, Nelvana will be responsible for programming the Vortex lineup of shows available each month on Comcast ON DEMAND. Offerings will include such hit shows as Jacob Two-Two, Tales from the Crypt Keeper, Cadillacs & Dinosaurs, Pippi Longstocking, Elliot Moose, Dumb Bunnies, Moville Mysteries. Stickin’ Around, Flying Rhino Junior High and My Dad the Rock Star.
Comcast ON DEMAND also offers programming for infants and preschoolers with PBS KIDS Sprout and Pre-K Kids On Demand, available to 90% of the company’s customers in markets across the U.S. Corus has also licensed a number of classic Nelvana preschool series such as Care Bears and Rupert to support Comcast’s Pre-K Kids ON Demand service.