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Long gone are the days when kids had only an hour’s worth of children’s TV to watch on a couple of channels. When it comes to kid-friendly entertainment today, there’s a wealth of options to choose from.  

So, what are some of the best TV packages for children’s TV? Let’s take a look.

Long gone are the days when kids had only an hour’s worth of children’s TV to watch on a couple of channels. When it comes to kid-friendly entertainment today, there’s a wealth of options to choose from.  

So, what are some of the best TV packages for children’s TV? Let’s take a look.

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Matthew Brewer
Broadband and mobile expert
31 AUGUST 2021
5 min read
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Popular children’s TV channels

Popular children’s TV channels available in the UK include: 

  • Pre-school – little ones can enjoy Freeview channels like CBeebies, Tiny Pop and Ketchup TV or pay-TV favourites like Nick Jr and Cartoonito. 
  • Older children – Freeview channels include CBBC (home of the iconic Blue Peter), CITV and POP, or pay-TV classics like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Boomerang.  

Paid for subscription-based apps: 

  • Netflix – a never-ending supply of family movies and kids’ TV shows, including classics like Danger Mouse and exclusive Netflix originals like Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous. 
  • Disney+ – home of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, with more than 500 movies, 350 series and 26 exclusive originals to enjoy.  

What free TV channels are available for kids?

Children’s TV channels available to watch on Freeview or Freesat include: 

  • CBBC  
  • CBeebies 
  • CITV 
  • Pop 
  • Tiny Pop 
  • Ketchup TV (free streaming via internet) 
  • Yaaas! (free streaming via internet) 

Which TV providers offer children’s TV packages?

Most of the popular UK broadband and TV providers offer some type of kids’ entertainment package, either as a bolt-on or as part of a TV bundle with sports and entertainment.  

These include:  

  • BT 
  • Sky 
  • Virgin Media 
  • TalkTalk

What children’s TV can you watch with BT?

BT offers BT TV Kids as a flexible bolt-on package, which can be added to one of their sport or entertainment packages. You can cancel your TV Kids rolling pass whenever you like with 30 days’ notice, so it could be ideal for school holidays. BT also offers a month-by-month NOW kids membership. 

Channels available with BT TV Kids include: 

  • Nickelodeon 
  • Nick Jr 
  • Nicktoons 
  • Cartoon Network 
  • Boomerang 
  • Cartoonito 
  • Nick Jr Too 

See more on BT TV and broadband 

What children’s TV can you watch with Sky?

Sky Kids is available as an add-on bundle to Sky Entertainment. It includes 11 children’s channels and a Kids App with additional content and games.  

Channels available with the Sky Kids add-on bundle include: 

  • Boomerang 
  • Cartoonito 
  • Nickelodeon 
  • Nick Jr 
  • Nick Jr Too 
  • Nicktoons 
  • Cartoon Network 
  • Baby TV 

Did you know? 

The Disney children’s channels that you could previously have expected to get with Sky Kids are no longer available on Sky TV. If you want to watch your favourite movies and shows from the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, you’ll need to get the subscription-based streaming platform Disney+. If you’re a Sky customer you could add Disney+ to your Sky Q package on a monthly rolling-contract basis.  

What children’s TV can I watch with Virgin Media?

Virgin Media’s Big Bundle package includes all the usual Freeview children’s TV channels, but for pay-TV channels, like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Boomerang, you’ll need to sign up for their ‘Ultimate Oomph’ bundle. 

Kids’ channels with the Ultimate Oomph bundle include: 

  • Nickelodeon 
  • Nick Jr 
  • Nick Jr too 
  • Nicktoons 
  • Boomerang  
  • Cartoonito 

See more on Virgin Media TV and broadband.  

What children’s TV can you watch with TalkTalk?

TalkTalk lets you add the NOW TV Kids Pass to your deal on a monthly rolling contract, so you can let the kids enjoy it during the school holidays, then remove it during term time if you like.  

Channels with the NOW TV Kids Pass include: 

  • Boomerang 
  • Cartoonito 
  • Cartoon Network 
  • Nickelodeon 
  • Nick Jr 
  • Nicktoons 

See more on TalkTalk TV and broadband.  

Frequently asked questions

What are some of the best streaming services for children’s TV?

Popular streaming services also offer plenty of great content for kids to enjoy.  

The most popular TV streaming services in the UK include: 

  • Netflix. It has a good range of parental controls, which allow you to remove access to main account settings, lock profiles with a PIN and set up a customised profile for your child, so they’ll only have access to that. 
  • Amazon Prime Video. Offers one of the biggest range of family content with more than a thousand titles.  
  • BBC iPlayer.  iPlayer is free to use and is great for larger families, allowing access for up to five screens at a time. 
  • NOW TV. Its monthly Kids Pass offers one of the cheapest and most flexible family streaming services. 
  • Disney+. A must for both young and old Disney fans, Disney+ also offers a great range of age-appropriate content for children under seven. 

What broadband speed do I need for streaming?

If you want your kids to enjoy HD movies and shows without being frustrated by buffering, you’ll need a minimum download speed of at least 2.8 megabits per second (Mbps). Buffering is when your programme pauses until enough data is downloaded for you to continue watching. But if the internet is being used on other devices in your home, you may need a faster connection. Fibre optic broadband with an average speed of 35Mbps should be enough to cope with most families’ needs.

Top tip 

If you’re having problems because of a slower internet speed, switching from HD to SD can help avoid buffering. While the whole family might want to watch a Disney Pixar movie in High Definition, for example, little ones are unlikely to notice the difference while watching their favourite episodes of Bing or Peppa Pig. 

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