Hopster to leap into kid-friendly streaming in November

The company will provide a Netflix-like service that will offer only kid-friendly entertainment.


A new company out of the UK has designs on becoming the Netflix for children.

Named Hopster, the company plans to launch an ad-free television and learning application for iOS in November, Nick Walters, its founder and a former Viacom executive, revealed to All Things Digital on Thursday. The service, which will be designed for kids between the ages of 2 and 6, will launch in the UK, but could make its way to other countries at some point.

According to Walters, his service will launch with 800 episodes of popular kids shows such as "Babar" and "Paddington Bear." It'll also feature kid-friendly games. He told AllThingsD that Hopster has so far raised a little over $1 million, and will charge customers between $8 and $10 per month to access the service. At its onset, the service will be available exclusively as an iOS app.

Walters didn't say when -- or even if -- the service will be coming to the US.

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