This weekend (14/10/2017 – 15/10/2017), Cartoon Network USA will unlock all their episodes on their on-demand and live streaming mobile app for free. This will be an unique opportunity for non-subscribers and those without an account from their pay-TV provider to enjoy Cartoon Network’s shows to their heart’s content for no charge. Content includes critically acclaimed shows such as The Amazing World of Gumball and We Bare Bears, revived Cartoon Network originals such as The Powerpuff Girls or the ever popular Teen Titans Go!.
Also in the UK, national cable television provider – Virgin Media is offering Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito (along with Nickelodeon, Pop and Tiny Pop) for no additional charge to subscribers of all packages until Tuesday 31st October.
Virgin Media Launches Kids TV App Features Boomerang And Cartoonito Shows
This week, British cable television provider – Virgin Media (a part of the Liberty Global group) has launched its children’s television mobile app – Virgin TV Kids. The app also features some content that air on Boomerang and Cartoonito for the new app including Fireman Sam, Bob the Builder, Scooby-Doo!, Tom and Jerry and Thomas and Friends. The app is available at no extra cost to all Virgin Media TV customers who have either the Fun or Full House TV package. The app also includes content from Nick Jr, Tiny Pop and Channel 5’s Milkshake programming block. The app was announced at this year’s Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield in July, the launch of the app follows the launch of a similar kids app by Virgin’s biggest rival – Sky.
The app features a child friendly design and offers hundreds of hours of video-on-demand TV content suitable for children aged between 3 and 7 years old. The app also features games and picture books and it’s also a safe environment for young children with no advertising or inappropriate content. The app also features individual profile functionality, a repeat show five-times looper button, download show functionality and security settings. The app can be used on up to four compatible devices in the UK and can be used with a WiFi, 3G or 4G connection, mobile data rates may apply.
While talking about the new app, Virgin Media’s chief digital entertainment officer, David Bouchier said:
“Our Virgin TV Kids app is a safe and fun space designed exclusively for pre-schoolers, Virgin TV’s youngest customers. Parents and carers can let their children explore the best children’s TV shows from all their favourite channels such as Disney, Nick Jr, Boomerang and more, as well as a wide range of books and games safe in the knowledge that kids can never be exposed to age inappropriate or harmful content. Our Kids app has not only the UK’s best selection of pre-school entertainment, but it comes with added peace of mind for parents – an environment free from ads and other commercial influences.”
From the Virgin TV Kids App Description From Google Play
Designed for kids aged 3-7 the Virgin TV Kids app lets you conjure up entertainment with the tap of a finger (or the stamp of a foot) at home – and on the go.
There’s top telly available on demand, brilliant books and great games for developing curious minds. Loads of TV favourites are there, ready to watch – from Nick Jr, Cartoonito, Milkshake and TinyPop. There are hundreds of hours of shows on demand including Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Pingu, Mike the Knight, Peppa Pig, Thomas & Friends, In The Night Garden, Paw Patrol, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and more.
And it’s not just TV. There are lots of games and books to enjoy together, too. The best thing is, there are no ads to skip, or breaks to huff and puff through. And there’s no way they can rack up costs with in app purchases. Phew
You can set up separate profiles for each child and the app will remember the most recent activities done on the app so it’s quick and easy to continue where they left off. You can even select the loop button to repeat the same show 5 times.
As a Virgin TV customer, this app lets your child: – Watch loads of kids content on demand – Play kid friendly games – Read children’s books – Watch on up to 4 compatible devices
Adult Swim UK has relaunched their website, at the moment it’s somewhat limited but it has a very good purpose as it lists the schedules for the Adult Swim on FOX and TruTV. The website has links to Adult Swim UK’s social media pages and a featured video. For a limited time only, Adult Swim takes over TruTV on Friday nights from 11pm, at present Adult Swim on TruTV is airing episodes from season two of Rick and Morty, season seven episodes of Robot Chicken, season two episodes of The Eric Andre Show, season two episodes of Mr. Pickles and season eight episodes of Squidbillies. TruTV is avaliable on Freeview channel 68, Sky channel 198, Freesat channel 154 and Virgin Media channel 212.
The Adult Swim block is currently airing a new show – Dream Corp LLC, season three episodes of Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell, season two episodes of Mr. Pickles and season four episodes of The Eric Andre Show. FOX is the permanent home for Adult Swim in the UK, FOX is a pay-tv channel but FOX airs new episodes either a few weeks or a couple of months after their premiere in the United States, FOX is also available in high definition. Adult Swim on FOX airs on Thursdays from midnight (technically Friday morning) on Sky channel 124, Virgin Media channel 157 and TalkTalk TV channel 422.
Adult Swim on TruTV has its very own presentation and is treated separately from the rest of the channel, the block has unique next/now bumpers, video clip bumpers and promos.
Continuity of Adult Swim on TruTV (Recorded 18th November 2016):
The content on Adult Swim is not appropriate for children and airs way past the 9pm watershed on FOX and TruTV (both general entertainment channels). Unlike the United States, the UK doesn’t have an age rating system and channels aimed for children can’t air adult content; for these reasons Adult Swim UK does not air on Cartoon Network.