Leveraging worldwide growth in the SVOD space, DHX Media has licensed more than 5,000 half-hours of kids and family content across nine new subscription video-on-demand (VOD) platforms in countries including the US, Canada and Australia.
In the US, New York-based preschool service Qkids (owned by music-concert streamer Qello) has acquired 450 half hours of content spanning 26 series and specials with titles including The Adventures of Paddington, Strawberry Shortcake, Teletubbies, The Busy World of Richard Scary and Caillou’s Holiday Movie. The content will launch on iOS first.
For Canada, the new Rogers and Shaw joint-venture SVOD platform Shomi has picked up approximately 2,800 half-hours (70 series and 20 specials) of content. Titles currently available include Caillou, Emily of New Moon, Martha Speaks, Johnny Test, Super Why!, In the Night Garden and Super Mario.
As for Australia, a new SVOD service called Stan, which was launched last month by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, has taken eps from 38 series and specials including Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Johnny Test, Inspector Gadget, Strawberry Shortcake and Caillou.
The additional SVODs deals include:
Tfou Max (France) – TF1’s new children’s service – 120 half-hours including Strawberry Shortcake, Lassie, The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and Caillou’s Holiday Movie.
VOD Kids (Chile) – Launched by telecommunications company VTR in April 2014, VOD Kids has purchased more than 120 half hours (Care Bears, Bo on the GO!, Monster Math Squad, Super Why! and Rastamouse).
Aflix (Africa) – Reaching more than 30 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Aflix will provide 200 half hours to its subscribers on Android devices. Titles include Caillou, In the Night Garden, Sonic the Hedgehog, Animal Mechanicals and Teletubbies.
VIDI (South Africa) – Owned by Times Media Group, the SVOD/TVOD service has grabbed approximately 700 half hours of content including Topsy & Tim, Grandpa in My Pocket, Bo on the GO!, The Adventures of Abney and Teal and That’s So Weird.
iFlix (Southeast Asia) – Set to launch in March 2015, the Malaysia-based service owned by Catcha Group, has already snapped up 400 half hours from 19 DHX series (Animal Mechanicals, Johnny Test, Sonic the Hedgehog, Kid vs Kat, Super Why! and Teletubbies).