Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I access the new Arizona PBS KIDS channel?

The new 24/7 Arizona PBS KIDS channel will be broadcast over the air on digital channel 8.4 with the same access and reach as our other channels, which currently extend to 80 percent of Arizona households. The channel is also available via Cox cable service channel 81. The PBS KIDS channel will also be livestreamed on multiple platforms, including via the Arizona PBS Kids website, as well as on PBS KIDS and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, tablets and over-the- top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. For details about accessing Arizona PBS channels for free over the air, visit the reception page.

Are Arizona PBS KIDS programs available online?

Yes, there are videos on demand at Arizona PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS, plus the entire Arizona PBS KIDS channel will be livestreamed 24/7. The livestream will be available on both websites, as well as via the PBS KIDS Video App, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.

For parents, the new companion app PBS KIDS Super Vision offers a real-time connection to their child's activity on pbskids.org.

Will Arizona PBS livestream kids’ content?

Beginning Jan. 16, 2017, Arizona PBS will livestream the entire kids channel 24/7 on our website at Arizona PBS KIDS. The channel livestream can also be accessed via PBS KIDS and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, tablets and over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.

Following its initial launch, the livestream experience will expand to offer an integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning – all in one seamless digital experience.

The livestream complements on-demand clips and full episodes, which will continue to be available for free on the PBS KIDS Video App and pbskids.org. Streaming on pbskids.org accounts for nearly half of all time spent watching kids videos online and the site is #1 in the kids category for total views and minutes spent.1 Across digital platforms, PBS KIDS averages 419.8 million streams per month.2

Does Arizona PBS have any online educational games for kids?

Yes, educational games for kids are available on Arizona PBS KIDS. There will also be an interactive gaming component, which is expected to launch by mid-year of 2017.

The livestream and games feature is grounded in research demonstrating that measurable gains in learning are achieved when children engage with PBS KIDS content on multiple platforms. The games will align with the learning goals of each TV series, deepening children’s involvement and supporting learning.

Why is Arizona PBS adding a kids channel?

Our children’s educational content is a major part of our commitment to foster and support lifelong learning for all Arizonans. Adding a 24/7 channel of exclusive PBS KIDS content to our lineup provides us the ability to reach kids and families with the best educational content available, and offer it at the times they are watching television. Recent data shows that families’ activity patterns have become less predictable, and most TV viewing by young children today takes place on weeknights and weekend afternoon and evenings, according to Nielsen data – a complete change from historic viewing habits.

The educational benefits of PBS children’s programming have been well documented by researchers, with evidence of increased attention, comprehension and vocabulary among the 2-year-old to 5-year-old audience. Educational programs are positively associated with overall measures of achievement and with potentially long-lasting effects, while purely entertainment content, particularly violent content, is negatively associated with academic achievement, according to a study in “The Future of Children,” a collaboration of Princeton University and the Brookings Institution.

How are these children’s programs chosen and developed?

Each PBS KIDS program begins with learning objectives identified through research-based analysis, and then producers design a show around that framework. Each program acquired or developed by PBS KIDS is thoroughly researched both during development and after production, to ensure the content meets educational objectives, and that the impact is measurable.

For more information about the research behind PBS KIDS programs, visit Ready To Learn.

How is the educational value of PBS KIDS programming measured?

A wide variety of studies and research are conducted on all PBS KIDS programming and educational games to ensure that each serves a specific educational objective and meets or exceeds those goals. You can learn more about the research behind all PBS KIDS resources here: