DETROIT PBS KIDS New 24/7 channel launches in January
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24/7 Kids Channel

Detroit PBS Kids Introducing the Detroit PBS Kids 24/7 Channel

Recognizing that most PBS KIDS programming airs at times when kids are in pre-school and not in “peak kids media-viewing hours” of 5p-9p, PBS and Detroit Public TV launched a new 24/7 PBS KIDS channel on January 16, 2017.  Over-the-air in Detroit, the channel is broadcast on digital 56.2, displacing WORLD, which has moved to 56.4. Simultaneously, the 24/7 channel will be streamed live on the internet and viewable through or the PBS KIDS video app. We hope you enjoy the new service which will differ from 56.1 during daytime, and present popular PBS KIDS programs such as Wild Kratts, Splash and Bubbles, Odd Squad, and many others, throughout the evening.  Check your local listings.

Where to Watch

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  • Over-the-air: For over-the-air antenna users, the Detroit PBS Kids 24/7 Channel will be available on 56.2 by January 16, 2017.  The WORLD channel is moving to 56.4. If you do not see all 4 channels, run the “scan” function on your converter box or digital TV set, usually on the remote control, labeled “set-up” or “menu” or some similar term.  
  • Cable/Satellite: Detroit Public TV is offering all four channels (WTVS, Kids, Create & WORLD) to cable and satellite providers. If you are a cable user and not able to find the new Detroit PBS Kids 24/7 channel, ask your provider whether the channel is in your line-up. If not, ask them to consider adding the channel. Channel number assignments are determined by your provider. The TV schedules module should be updated soon with the channel numbers - but it may take some time to populate the systems.  We know that Comcast (in most areas) around 1/17/17, WyandotteCharter will launch on 2/7/17, Bright House has not announced when they will add the channel. See below for the channel information we have to date:
    • Comcast
      Visit their channel listings page and search for WTVS
    • Wyandotte Cable
      KIDS 86
    • Charter in Detroit
      WORLD 194
      KIDS 181
    • Bright House in Detroit
      WORLD 155
      Date TBD KIDS 143
  • PBS KIDS Video app: The PBS KIDS Video app is available for users of mobile devices, tablets and soon on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

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