PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- PBS KIDS Sprout today announced that
Cox Communications has signed an agreement to carry the 24-hour preschool
network and video-on-demand (VOD) service on its cable systems. Cox joins
other satellite and cable operators including Comcast, Insight, and RCN in
providing the quality content kids love and parents trust. Cox Communications
serves more than 6.2 million basic cable subscribers nationwide and is the
third largest cable system in the country. This arrangement will bring PBS
KIDS Sprout to more than 18 million committed subscribers.
"With trusted entertaining and educational brands such as Sesame Street,
Barney & Friends and many others in the portfolio of programming, Cox is
pleased to add PBS KIDS Sprout to our linear and On DEMAND lineups for the
young minds in Cox households," said Bob Wilson, senior vice president of
"We are so happy that Cox is joining the PBS KIDS Sprout family, and that
Cox cable customers will have 24/7 access to some of the most trusted programs
and characters in preschool TV," said Sandy Wax, President of PBS KIDS Sprout.
PBS KIDS Sprout features an extraordinary line-up of shows including:
Sesame Street(R), Bob the Builder(TM), Barney & Friends(TM), Thomas &
Friends(TM), Angelina Ballerina(TM), Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat(TM),
Caillou(R), The Berenstain Bears(TM), Jay Jay the Jet Plane(TM),
Teletubbies(TM), Dragon Tales(TM), Pingu(TM), Noddy(TM) and more!
The channel features thematic programming blocks uniquely scheduled to
follow the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime. Morning programming
on PBS KIDS Sprout features stimulating and upbeat shows designed to get
little ones moving and active for the day ahead. Lunchtimes and afternoons
offer shows with common learning themes such as shapes, colors and feelings.
The evening programming block includes soothing, relaxing shows to help
children gently wind down after a busy day.
Hosts Kevin and Melanie, the first members of the PBS KIDS Sprout on-air
family, appear in original segments between favorite shows creating a safe and
nurturing environment. Throughout the day, Kevin and Melanie lead fun and
engaging activities that encourage interactivity and learning. Kevin, the
Birthday Host, shares viewer submitted birthday greetings and celebrations,
while Bedtime Host, Melanie, plays games, does arts and crafts and tells
PBS KIDS Sprout also offers a complete video-on-demand (VOD) service
featuring 50 hours of VOD content every day. With VOD, a parent can access
their preschooler's favorite show -- exactly what they want and when they want
it. PBS KIDS Sprout On Demand also features Spanish-language programming,
including episodes of Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder and Angelina
Ballerina, as well as Plaza Sesamo, the Spanish-language adaptation of Sesame
The PBS KIDS Sprout complementary website, www.sproutletsgrow.com, offers
a fun, safe environment for little ones and their caregivers to engage in
shared moments of learning and laughing while surfing and playing together.
Sproutletsgrow.com offers original games, arts and crafts, programming
schedules as well as user-friendliness in interacting with preschoolers most
About PBS KIDS Sprout
PBS KIDS Sprout was created as a partnership between Comcast Corporation,
the country's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications
products and services; PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), the most trusted
distributor of award-winning children's programming; HIT Entertainment, a
leading provider of quality entertainment for young children, and Sesame
Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street.
SOURCE PBS KIDS Sprout