Sky launches new Kids TV App

The new app from Sky will offer kids great entertainment with parental security features.

Alice Goodwin
by Alice Goodwin on 31st March, 2016

Sky has today launched a brand new app aimed at providing entertainment for kids. The app will be available to customers on Sky’s variety bundle at no extra cost, and will offer kids great entertainment through a safe medium.

This new app from Sky will include a variety of programmes suitable for children at preschool age, up to 9 years old, and will also offer parents a number of security functions which will allow them a create profiles for kids that will display only age appropriate content for the user.

The programmes that will be available include Nick Jr.s Paw Patrol, Boomerang’s Scooby Doo, CBeebies’ Octonauts and Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

Future plans include the introduction of a ‘sleep mode’ feature, which will allow parents to set a bedtime for the child user, at which point the programmes will stop playing. Sky has taken this one step further, with on-screen characters that react to these timers by yawning and falling asleep, a nice feature for encouraging reluctant kids to sleep.

Other future developments will allow users to download programmes onto a device in order to watch them offline at a later point - a great feature for keeping kids entertained during holiday travel.

Sky’s Head of Kids Content, Lucy Murphy, said: “We have worked really closely with lots of children and their parents to design the new Sky Kids app.  It means they can watch all their favourite shows in a really engaging way designed just for them.  Safety is of fundamental importance so parents will be able to filter what their child watches according to their age.”

Plans are also in development for Sky to begin commissioning original kids content. The first taste of this comes as part of their collaboration with Oscar-winning Aardman Animation, with new episodes of Morph, alongside some new programmes that will allow kids to create their own characters and short films at home.

The app is available from Google Play and Apple’s App Store today, and will require a WiFi or 3G/4G connection to function.

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