From Sesame Street to Splash and Bubbles, PBS KIDS programs on WFYI have been educating and entertaining central Indiana children for decades. Beginning Monday, March 6, these and 19 other PBS KIDS shows will be available 24 hours a day on “WFYI’s PBS KIDS” broadcast on the station’s 20.2 digital channel and streamed live at wfyi.org/pbskids.
“This is an exciting development for families all over central Indiana,” WFYI president and CEO Lloyd Wright said. “PBS KIDS is the country’s most trusted provider of educational media for children, and now it will be available on televisions, tablets, smart phones or computers day or night, at home or wherever else you may be.”
The programming is also accessible through the free PBS KIDS video app, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast. Later this year, the live stream will introduce a first-of-its-kind integrated games feature, enabling children to toggle between a PBS KIDS show and an activity that extends learning in one seamless digital experience.
Public Broadcasting Service president and CEO Paula Kerger calls the new service a “game-changer.”
“By offering PBS KIDS programming 24/7, PBS stations will extend the reach and impact that they already have in their communities, where they provide essential services for families,” Kerger said.
The only free 24/7 kids’ TV service in the country, PBS KIDS is proven to be a difference maker in preparing children for success in school, especially for the underserved, ranking first in school readiness among children’s TV networks for more than a decade. Wright says the continued excellence of PBS KIDS would make WFYI pioneer Ardath Burkhart very proud.
“Back in 1970, it was Sesame Street that helped Ardath and her army of volunteers make the case for support that launched WFYI as central Indiana’s PBS station,” Wright said. “Now, nearly 50 years later, PBS KIDS is still a mainstay of essential programming for our youngest viewers and can be accessed anytime, anywhere on any device.”
Nothing will change with WFYI’s current line-up of PBS KIDS programming on WFYI 1. It will still begin with Splash and Bubbles at 6 a.m. and run until Word Girl says “goodbye” at 5:30 p.m. To view the PBS KIDS live stream and get more information on the programming, please visit wfyi.org/pbskids.
How to get WFYI’s KIDS on WFYI 2
WFYI broadcasts three free over-the-air TV channels that are easy to receive on any television equipped with a dual-band (VHF/UHF) digital antenna. Beginning March 6, those channels will be:
WFYI 1 (20.1) – WFYI Public Television
WFYI 2 (20.2) – WFYI’s PBS KIDS
WFYI 3 (20.3) – Create
WFYI’s television coverage area encompasses all of central Indiana – from Peru down to Seymour and from Brazil over to Muncie, and everything in between. Anyone not receiving these channels may need to do a “re-scan” of their television.
Most televisions can be rescanned by following these steps on the television or the TV remote control:
1. Press the menu button. This will display a list of options or icons. Look for "antenna," "channels" or "setup" and select this option. This should display a second list of options.
2. Look for "scan channels" or "setup channels." Select this option and following the on-screen instructions.
3. If presented with an option to perform a “new scan” or "add channels," select “new scan” as it will keep from storing outdated information.
Following these simple steps should allow anyone in the coverage area to receive all three of WFYI’s channels. More information on rescanning a television is available at www.fcc.gov. Cable subscribers should refer to their provider’s channel listings to find WFYI 2 and WFYI 3. Satellite subscribers cannot currently receive these two channels without going to the menu on their television and switching the input from “cable/satellite” to “air” and then following the steps above.