Starz pads its streaming library with more kids' and Spanish options

From Engadget - July 10, 2017

When Starz launched its app in April 2016, it brought 2,400 movies and television episodes along for the ride. Fourteen months later, that figure across all of Starz's on-demand and over-the-top platforms has ballooned to 5,500, and the network plans to offer a total of 7,700 episodes and movies by the end of the year. A lot the focus has been on children's programming: There are roughly 1,250 kids' episodes on Starz streaming services, and the company hopes to push that figure past 2,000 by December.

Children's programming has a prominent place in the streaming world -- Netflix has said about half of its members watch kids' content, and it just launched a slate of interactive, choose-your-own-adventure shows for wee ones. Even HBO, an adult-focused network, found it worthwhile to save Sesame Street from extinction in 2016.

By the end of 2017, Starz plans to add more than 60 new series to its kids' lineup, including Alf, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Kid Diners, Zatch Bell, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat TV specials, Jim Henson's The Storyteller, Naruto and Garfield and Friends. As for Spanish-language programming, look out for critically acclaimed films I am So Excited, Chico and Rita and No, plus children's shows Exploradores de la Historia and Horacio y los Plasticines.


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