YouTube to launch new children-centric original TV shows this spring, bring Kids app to smart TVs

Final February, YouTube launched its first original content with greater than two dozen motion pictures and TV shows. The plan was to double that quantity in 2017, and, Monday, the video community announced four new original series.

The shows, which will likely be featured on YouTube Red, are aimed particularly at kids, and have been introduced on the second anniversary of YouTube Kids. The kid-focused app has greater than 30 billion views to date and eight million lively viewers every week, YouTube mentioned in Monday’s announcement. However, till now, the content material hasn’t included original programming.

4 new collection will roll out for YouTube Kids this spring, together with two animated shows. Extra will launch all year long. YouTube is focusing on totally different age teams with every collection as properly.

“Hyperlinked,” for instance, will concentrate on 5 tween women creating a web site, and navigating “on a regular basis tween points involving buddies and relationships.” In the meantime, the animated collection “The Kings of Atlantis” will inform the story of two monarchs making an attempt to save an underwater metropolis from a merciless ruler.

YouTube has been criticized prior to now for the commercials that seem on the YouTube Kids app, and it’s unclear what these will appear to be with the original shows. The community did say, nevertheless, that the objective was to maintain mother and father in control of what their children see.

“It’s essential that youngsters are ready to discover what they love within the app, whereas we additionally proceed to put mother and father within the driver’s seat to select what is true for his or her household,” the information launch mentioned.

The video community additionally introduced on Monday that YouTube Kids will quickly be out there on smart LG and Samsung TVs.

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