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Kids get free TV for Christmas via ntl VOD

# 6 December 2005, 08:12 by Nemesis

Children across the UK can look forward to a festive treat this December with unlimited viewing from ntl of Balamory, Andy Pandy, Tweenies, Robbie the Reindeer, Spider-Man, SpongeBob Squarepants, X-Men and Power Rangers. In fact there’s 100s of episodes and over 80 hours of cartoons and pre-school programmes – all available instantly “on demand”. The good news for parents is that’s all free!

  • Free children’s TV exclusively from ntl this winter
  • ntl offers parents advertising-free TV to keep the family entertained
  • Huge choice of over 80 hours of cartoons and preschool programmes
  • Available throughout the Christmas season
  • Kids choose the shows they want to watch – available instantly “on demand”
  • Nickelodeon joins the festive free for all by allowing all digital subscribers to view family favourites like SpongeBob Squarepants on its range of channels

ntl, the UK’s leading digital cable TV company, is giving families an early Christmas present of six weeks of free children’s TV. Over 80 hours of high quality children’s entertainment will be available 24/7 until 11 January 2006. Viewers will have free open access to the children’s TV section within ntl’s new Video on Demand TV service.

ntl On Demand features a huge range of uninterrupted favourites old and new. There is a fantastic range of animation and fun programmes including Balamory and the Tweenies. There’s no advertising and children can choose what they want to watch, when they want watch it. Programmes are available at the touch of a button.

Joining the fun is Nickelodeon. This children’s favourite has agreed to allow every ntl digital TV customer to enjoy its full range of channels including Nickelodeon, Nick Replay, Nick Jr and Nick Toons, unencrypted for the six weeks. Join SpongeBob & friends on their latest adventures and catch all the latest on Nick Jr with Dora The Explorer and Fifi and the Flowertots.
Shai Weiss, managing director from ntl’s Consumer Products division, said: “Our digital cable service provides the best range of TV entertainment for children in the UK. We’d like to thank our customers for their loyalty and so are offering free TV for kids over Christmas. With over 100 different programmes available on demand we know that we can keep kids entertained this festive season.”

Video On Demand is the next step in the evolution of UK digital TV and is exclusive to cable customers due to its integral high-speed fibre optic network. Satellite and terrestrial TV are unable to offer this service.

ntl On Demand offers:

  • Huge variety of top kids shows, available advertiser-free, including SpongeBob, All Grown Up, As Told By Ginger, Wild Thornberrys, Power Rangers, Rugrats, Basil Brush, Andy Pandy, Balamory, The Tweenies, Fimbles, X-Men, Sonic X, Cavegirl, Bill and Ben and Spider-Man. Watch individual programmes or compilations. Prices usually range between 20p and 50p per show. Kids content partners include Nickelodeon, BBC Worldwide, Jetix and Entertainment Rights.


  • Hundreds of films including new releases for the first time on TV
  • ‘Pick of the Week’ to catch up on favourite programmes that have been missed
  • A huge music video jukebox service featuring multi-platinum selling acts anytime of the day plus classic music videos
  • ‘TV Hits’ featuring over 100 hours of classic TV series
  • Programmes are available instantly, standard features include pause, fast-forward and rewind just like a DVD
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