Kids’ VOD service Hopster goes global
James R | On 15, Apr 2015
Hopster is going global. The children’s TV start-up, which offers VOD titles and educational games, first launched its app in 2013. Now, following a wave of new deals with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, Millimages, CAKE, and EarthTree Media, the service is spreading overseas.
Hopster will soon be available in 100 countries, including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa, India, Dubai, and other markets across Asia, Africa, and Europe. The service, which will be available in English, will offer over 600 episodes, from programmes such as Max & Ruby, Mouk, Louie and Babar.
As with all streaming services, rights agreements in each territory will mean that different countries will have different shows available. For existing customers, though, Hopster will – also like other VOD services – be available to use around the world.
Nick, the founder and CEO, says: “All over the world, a new generation of kids is finding things to delight them on mobile. In India alone, more families have smartphones than digital TV, so there’s huge potential for a mobile-first service like Hopster. We’ve taken a global approach to our global launch, and handpicked the best shows from around the world: for example Aesop’s Theatre started life in Korea, Mouk in France, Wanda and the Alien in the UK, and Learn to Draw Minis is a cool Scandinavian indie hit!”
The app will also offer its signature blend of educational games, which are built on the “Hopster Curriculum” (which, in turn, is based on multiple international curricula). A subscription to Hopster currently costs £3.99 a month.