Thursday, 08 January 2015 14:12

Presto’s not kidding: ‘rich slate’ of kids TV shows announced

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Foxtel’s hoped-for Netflix-killer, Presto, has announced ‘hours of the best kids and family TV available from launch’.

Presto hopes to reel ‘em in young by bringing a smile to their dials with ‘a rich collection of children and family entertainment programming’.

The suite of shows is promised to ‘feature some of the most popular educational and entertainment programming available in the genre and will cater to children of all ages’ from day one of Presto TV’s unveiling.

The company talks up Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Bubble Guppies and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic among many other titles.

Of course there’s also titles such as SpongeBob SquarePants, the Littlest Pet Shop, Arthur, Bo on the Go, Caillou, Super Why! and Strawberry Shortcake.

Sadly, though, for kids from the late 70s and 80s such as myself, there’s no sign of G Force, Astroboy, The Goodies, Monkey Magic, Looney Tunes reruns or other cool kids programming I remember from ABC and commercial TV.

However Presto will be offering Transformers Prime and Transformers Rescue Bots, Power Rangers Megaforce and Power Rangers Super Megaforce and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.

Foxtel’s Director of Presto and VOD, Shaun James said, “Kids have very special tastes and viewing habits when it comes to watching their favourite shows and we have made a massive effort to bring the best in kids and family entertainment to our new Presto TV service.

“Our selection of kids programming has something for even the most discerning young viewer and parents will appreciate being able to offer them these hit children’s shows to stream on demand and on a multitude of different devices.”

The list of kids shows at launch includes:

- SpongeBob SquarePants
- Bubble Guppies
- Dora the Explorer (multiple titles)
- Go, Diego, Go!
- Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation
- Power Rangers Megaforce
- Power Rangers Super Megaforce
- The Adventures of Chuck & Friends
- Littlest Pet Shop
- My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
- Pound Puppies
- Transformers Prime
- Transformers Rescue Bots
- Arthur
- Bo on the Go
- Caillou
- Franny's Feet
- Hurray for Huckle
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Super Why!

As per usual, Presto will work on PC, Mac, Chromecast, a range of mostly Samsung and Nexus tablets and iPads, but no Android smartphones and no iPhones.

One of these days Presto will get off its butt off the lounge and stop watching TV shows and movies, and will make its service work on ALL Android tablets and smartphones, and on iPhones too, just like Netflix, but until then, Presto remains a couch potato.

Presto’s combined pricing for TV shows and movies, or for TV shows alone, is yet to be announced.

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