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New Moonbug Kids Channel promises fun-filled, wholesome entertainment to complement any family routine!

A specially curated Moonbug Kids Channel is now available to DStv subscribers across Africa. The YouTube-focused pre-school entertainment company Moonbug Entertainment confirmed plans to launch the channel on DStv in October. The channel will feature exclusive, linear, preschool content from the Moonbug portfolio of much-loved shows.

The agreement highlights DStv’s shift in mindset about digital-first content (content that was only available on digital platforms, like YouTube first). Other Moonbug linear Kids Channels have already launched in other territories across MENA and in APAC in The Philippines or Malaysia.

“Digital-first content is entering traditional channels and reaching new audiences. . The quality and appeal of these shows has vastly improved over the past few years. Platforms like ours recognize these shows’ benefits in adding value to our customers. .” Explained Georginah Machiridza, Executive Head of Content Strategy and Third-Party Channels at MultiChoice Group.

The Moonbug Kids channel will be available to 21.7 million DStv subscribers across 45 African countries and will air in English. All Moonbug shows will be featured on the channel including CoComelon, Blippi, Gecko’s Garage, Morphle, Arpo, and recent acquisitions such as Little Angel and Oddbods.

“This an incredibly significant deal for us and part of our wider strategy to roll out Moonbug Kids channels on pay-TV platforms across EMEA and APAC,” Moonbug EMEA and APAC managing director Nicolas Eglau said.

“Launching a premium, advertising-free, linear channel with DStv is one key advantage of our digital-first approach. It enables us to structure the channel by applying our in-depth knowledge of children’s viewing, including when and how they engage with content.” Eglau continued.

Moonbug Entertainment is creating the channel with a dedicated 24/7 programming schedule. It will feature engaging entertainment that not only pacifies but supports children’s development. The schedule will also support families with their daily routines such as mealtimes, playtime, bath time, bedtime, and more. 

“MultiChoice are very selective about the kind of channel that gets on the platform, so for us being on MultiChoice is almost like a quality stamp of approval,” Eglau concluded.

Moonbug shows promote healthy values like compassion, empathy, and resilience to kids around the world.

“We’re all parents. Moonbug was started by parents for parents. And as such we want to create great entertainment for kids all around the world – which kids will love – and their parents will love that they love.” Ditte Lucas, Head of Brand at Moonbug added.

The ad-free, premium offering is available on MultiChoice Africa platforms (DStv and GOtv) from 20 October 2022. 

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