Foxtel’s Kids app will let youngsters watch offline

Alex Kidman 20 December 2016 NEWS


Foxtel’s mobile-only kids app is now available for Android and iOS.

Foxtel’s latest response to the rise of streaming apps such as Netflix, Stan or Amazon Prime Video is a kids-specific app for Android and iOS devices. As you might expect, it’s designed to show only the child-suitable programming that Foxtel offers.

Foxtel Kids is a free app, but it requires an existing Foxtel subscription, with the range of children’s programming depending on what's included in your subscription package. The interface is a large and simple one with multiple interactivity levels depending on whether you’re giving it to a preschooler or an older child, with programming based around Foxtel’s existing channel packages.

You can set a parental PIN as well as limit watching time for individual devices. The app allows for two simultaneous streams, and these are in addition to the existing device limits for full Foxtel streaming customers. Up to five devices can be registered with the Foxtel Kids app.

The Foxtel Kids app supports standard definition playback only, something that’s unlikely to be a major problem given that simple line animation dominates in children's TV. Presuming that they haven’t burnt through their allotted playback time yet, new episodes of a series will autoplay to keep viewers happy, with similar series being shown if you’ve exhausted all the episodes of a given show.

Foxtel Kids supports download of episodes for offline playback, something that Foxtel’s own Foxtel Go app for mobile devices doesn’t as yet. Foxtel representatives told that this feature something they’re actively looking at adding to the main app, but the focus on the Kids app was to allow parents to easily set up a playlist for long car or plane trips to keep the youngsters happy. The only limitation on downloads is the storage capacity of your device, with downloads available for 31 days until they expire.

Foxtel recently revamped its Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now) pricing as it readies to shutter the Presto streaming service. If you’re a Presto customer it’s currently offering a special discount deal to switch over to Foxtel Play. Foxtel has also recently made Foxtel Play available in HD for owners of the Telstra TV set top box.

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