Finally, Oscar the Grouch and the Teletubbies are willing to work around your schedule now that Comcast Corp., PBS, Sesame Workshop and HIT Ent. are introducing PBS KIDS Sprout On Demand, a new video-on-demand (VOD) service. This fresh development in VOD for kids and their parents debuts this month on Comcast, and a 24/7 digital cable channel will launch this fall.
Viewers can pause, fast forward and rewind through Sprout on Demands package of featured programs, which includes Sesame Street, Bob the Builder, Barney & Friends, Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina, Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat, Caillou, The Berenstain Bears, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Teletubbies and Dragon Tales.
The new Sprout service is available now for no additional charge in Comcast markets with VOD service, bringing Barney and Big Bird to homes around the clock in association with local PBS stations. Insight Communications will also launch PBS Sprout on Demand this month with the VOD service that offers 50 hours of programming a month. In addition, 25% of the shows are updated every two weeks, ensuring families will always have brand-spanking-new selections for their viewing pleasure.
Beyond the stand-alone titles, the "Childrens Favorites" category of programs includes episodes of Boobah, George Shrinks, Seven Little Monsters, Kratts Creatures, Zoboomafoo, Archibald the Koala, Big Sister, Little Brother, Adventures of Captain Pugwash, Three Friends & Jerry, Dennis & Gnasher, Fireman Sam, Pingu, Noddy and other tantalizing shows for the little ones.
Spanish-language programming will also appear on PBS KIDS Sprout on Demand, including episodes of Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina and Plaza Sesamo, the Spanish-language adaptation of Sesame Street.