|Language(s)||English, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, Polish, German, Dutch, Portuguese|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
|Owner||International: Disney International Operations|
US: Walt Disney Television
Israel: Talit Communications (under license from Disney Israel)
|Parent||The Walt Disney Company|
|Launched||4 July 2005|
|Available on many cable providers||Consult local listings|
|Dish Network||Channel 824|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 330|
BabyTV is a multilingual International television channel for babies and toddlers under the age of 3, owned by Fox Networks Group, a subsidiary of the International Operations division of The Walt Disney Company. Launched in 2003 as a TV block and 2005 as a TV channel, BabyTV is distributed in over 100 countries, broadcasting in 18 languages (as of 2013). The channel does not broadcast television commercials. In the United States, the channel is distributed by Walt Disney Television, alongside Fox Life.
BabyTV was first developed in 2003 as an educational block in Israel by Ron Isaak, Maya and Liran Talit and members of their family. It was first launched later in 2005, News Corp's Fox International Channels acquired a major stake in BabyTV, placing it alongside its international offerings of Fox Crime, Fox, National Geographic and others.
In 2005, BabyTV aired as a channel. The first four programmes to air on BabyTV were Hands Up, Tulli, Jammers and Tell A Story.
In 2006, Indovision with Dori Media Distribution started operating them in Indonesia. Branded as Vision 3 Baby, this channel is dubbed in Indonesian and has the same program content and schedules which Baby TV Asia beams; however, advertising is different on both beams. Now, Vision 3 Baby is replaced by the international version of Baby TV. BabyTV was also launched on Sky Digital in the UK on 5 February 2007.
In 2008, French authorities banned the broadcasting of programs aimed at children under the age of 3, and ordered warnings to be included on foreign channels available in France such as BabyTV and its competitor BabyFirst.
In January 2011, BabyTV was added to the programming package of Dish Network on channel 126, and then changed to channel 824. On 1 December 2011, BabyTV was launched via SkyCable channel 140 and it will only be available through its digital platform. On 1 October 2012, BabyTV was launched via mio TV channel 244 and it will be the first to launch the channel in HDTV 16:9 Format. Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau are available on Now TV Channel 448, Macau Cable TV Channel 61 (SD) and 861 (HD) and Taiwan CATV Channel 311 (HD) and CHT MOD Channel 17. A Spanish version is available in the United States on cable and satellite providers in some states. It is also available on OSN Network and beIN Network. On 20 March 2019, the channel became a part of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International as the result of acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company.
BabyTV's original programming library, which is developed in-house in co-operation with childhood development experts and content experts is built around nine developmental topics, which cover all early learning skills and developmental milestones for babies and toddlers.
The nine categories, include the following. They are:
- First Concepts
- Nature & Animals
- Music & Art
- Imagination & Creativity
- Building Friendships
- Songs & Rhymes
- Guessing Games
BabyTV's video on demand service features edited segments of BabyTV programming, categorized into their nine developmental themes, in hundreds of half hour segments and is available in languages including English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Turkish. The on-demand channel is available on Singtel TV. It will be launched to StarHub TV in Singapore and other pay TV providers in Asia in the future.
BabyTV has introduced a DVD offering. "My First Years Library" is a library that covers early learning skills and developmental milestones that children encounter in their first years. BabyTV's DVD collection features segments of BabyTV content and includes some of the channel's leading characters, such as Pitch & Potch, & Kenny & Goorie.
RR Media provides playout and uplink services to the BabyTV channel. Languages are encrypted and uplinked via Hotbird 6, Measat 3a and Galaxy 23.
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- BabyTV - programs
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- BabyTV case study in the RRsat Website