By Sahil Patel
New titles coming to the streaming service include classic and hit current shows like “iCarly,” “Dora the Explorer,” “The Fairly OddParents,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
In total, Shomi is adding more than 6,500 episodes of TV shows. Its existing library of kids programming includes Disney films like “102 Dalmatians,” “The Parent Trap,” “Sky High,” Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” — all of which are exclusive to Shomi.
Kids programming is increasingly vital to emerging and established SVOD services. In the US alone, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu have all made significant bets on kids content, via both licensing deals for hit TV shows and original programming. Shomi, which is directly competing with Netflix for online TV viewers, can now offer programming that kids want to watch.
The service has several family-friendly features, including giving parents the ability to restrict their kids’ access to shows that are only rated PG and below. Separate profiles also enable them to see what their kids are watching.
Launched last year, Shomi is still in beta and only available to internet and cable customers of Rogers and Shaw. “Conversations continue” with other pay-TV providers in Canada, the company said.
Currently, Shomi is available online and on select mobile devices and set-top boxes. It will be coming soon to the Chromecast.