Cartoon Network Nordic And HBO Launch Toonix Kids VOD Service
Cartoon Network Nordic (broadcasts to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland) has partnered with the local division of its sister company – HBO (Home Box Office) Nordic to launch a brand new OTT (Over The Top) video-on-demand service for children called Toonix. The brand new streaming service launched yesterday (03/10/2017). The new VOD service feature a mix of animated television shows and movies, especially content from Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation aimed for kids aged between 3 and 12 years old.
The new service has more than 2000 episodes of Cartoon Network’s and Boomerang’s most popular shows and is available for no additional cost to existing HBO Nordic subscribers. All shows are fully localised, with shows available in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish. Toonix also offers a 100% ad-free no interruption service.
Popular animated shows available on Toonix include: The Amazing World of Gumball, Lego Ninjago: Masters Of Spinjitzu, Looney Tunes, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Ben 10, Teen Titans Go!, Scooby-Doo! and Tom and Jerry. Pre-school classics on the service include Shaun the Sheep, Alfie Atkins and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Scandinavian originated series like Pippi Longstocking, Bamse, Rasmus Klump and The Moomins.
In addition to its usual offering of animation, Toonix will include live-action shows such as Dance Academy, also there’s a movie section which includes movies such as Arthur and the Minimoys and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.
Toonix is also name of Cartoon Network’s avatar character maker as seen on several Cartoon Network websites all over the world, where kids can create a cute version of themselves or recreate a popular cartoon character. Many of these Toonix characters can been seen on the brand new streaming service. Cartoon Network Latin America also had a branding era called “Toonix” which features many of Cartoon Network’s characters in Toonix form, this was also Cartoon Network Latin America’s version of Cartoon Network USA’s Noods era.
HBO, also part of Time Warner (soon to be AT&T) family is known for its critically acclaimed programming including current hits such as Game of Thrones and Westworld and even pre-school programming such as the long-running Sesame Street. In the UK, Sky owns the pay-TV rights to many of HBO’s shows and airs them on its exclusive Sky Atlantic channel.
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From The Turner Nordic Press Release: HBO Nordic And Turner Join Forces To Launch OTT Offering, Toonix: New kids & family content included for all HBO Nordic subscribers launching on October 3rd
HBO Nordic, the premium streaming service in the Nordic market and the home of many internationally acclaimed series such as Game of Thrones, Westworld and Big Little Lies, is today launching kids’ and family service Toonix. HBO Nordic’s new addition will be available for consumers on http://www.hbonordic.com, and through selected distribution partners in the Nordic region.
Toonix is an all new kids’ brand created by Turner EMEA and targeted at 3-12 year olds and their families. The service will offer a mix of high quality kids’ series and movies including popular content from Turner’s Cartoon Network Studios, Warner Bros. Animation and many more. HBO Nordic is proud to be the first partner in launching the brand.
At launch, Toonix contains more than 2000 episodes of the most acclaimed shows and movies and comes with no additional fees for HBO Nordic subscribers. All shows are fully localised, with offerings in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish, and are 100% ad free.
With brand new content set to be added each week, key shows include all-time favourites, The Amazing World of Gumball, Lego Ninjago, Looney Tunes, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, Ben 10, Teen Titans Go!, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry. The service also includes pre-school programming such as Shaun the Sheep, Alfie Atkins, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and local favourites like Pippi Longstocking, Bamse, Rasmus Klump and The Moomins.
A selection of live-action series such as Dance Academy will entertain “tweens” and there is a curated movie section for the whole family, including titles such as Arthur and the Minimoys and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.
Hervé Payan, CEO, HBO Europe, made this statement regarding the launch of the new service:
“Thanks to our cooperation with Turner, we are very pleased to be able to provide our Nordic subscribers with a complete offer of the best premium content. Now our adult TV-series fans as well as families with kids can enjoy all their favourite shows on HBO Nordic”
The president of Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) – Giorgio Stock also added:
“At Turner we are constantly seeking new ways to engage with our fans, building on our leadership in premium content creation across kids, news, movies, general entertainment and sports, and expanding our options to curate and distribute our branded content. We’re delighted to be partnering with HBO Nordic to start this flagship kids and family focused OTT venture, which represents a significant and exciting new milestone in our ability to provide our fans with a trusted, bespoke, rich and immersive user offering.”