The new Sky Kids linear TV channel will complement Sky’s existing Kids on-demand service when it launches in February 2023.
The Sky Kids channel will target the 1-7 age group, going head-to-head with established players including CBeebies and Nick Jr.
Home to ad-free 24-hour programming, the channel will showcase Sky Originals and big names that kids love and parents can trust, at no extra cost to existing Sky Kids customers and NOW entertainment members.
Availability / Cost
The new channel will be available via Sky satellite, Sky Glass/Stream and NOW from February. Existing Sky customers can upgrade to the Sky Kids package for just £6 a month; the package also includes access to other children’s channels.
NOW customers will get access to the channel as part of the NOW Entertainment Membership, which also includes access to other Sky channels for £9.99 a month.
Programmes will span themes of learning and doing, arts and crafts, music, dance and fitness, and much more. This includes Fearne Cotton executive producing My Friend Misty (age 5-7), which sees animated character Misty set out to build kids emotional resilience. Also launching next year as a new Sky Original is Ready, Eddie, Go! (age 3+), based on the loveable character Eddie who is autistic. We see him taken step by step through new experiences and situations such as a trip to the barbers, so when he encounters this in real life, he’s ready to go!
Children and families will also be treated to franchise favourites such as Trolls: TrollsTopia (5+), Where’s Wally (5+), Madagascar a Little Wild (5+), LEGO (1+) and Clifford The Big Red Dog (3+), new learning shows such as 123 Number Squad! (3+), as well as seeing some of the existing most-loved Sky Kids Originals; MC Grammar: Wonder Raps (5+), Pip and Posy (2+), The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (6+), Morph (3+), The Very Small Creatures (2+) and more, scheduled on the channel.
Lucy Murphy, Director of Kids Content at Sky said:
“We’re so excited to announce the launch of our brand-new linear channel. Millions of our customers already love watching our huge range of Original shows on-demand but families with younger kids have told us that watching on linear channels is an important part of their day; so, we’ve listened and expanded our Sky Kids offering at no extra cost.
“The new channel will have a whole breadth of brand new and much-loved shows for kids and families to enjoy and we can’t wait to reveal the full fantastic line-up of shows.”