Children's on-demand service hops onto Freesat's Freetime platform

Freesat has announced the launch of children's service Hopster on its Freetime smart TV platform, a service that will see viewers given optional paid-for access to educational and entertainment content for pre-school children.

Freetime is the first platform to host the new service.

For £3.99 a month, Freesat Freetime users can get access to hundreds of episodes of family favourites, includes Pingu, Babar and Bob the Builder, plus gems like Nursery Rhymes TV and Caspar Babypants.
In addition, parents can also find a collection of learning games that teach children new skills while they're having fun. These are found in the Hopster app for iOS, access to which is also included in your subscription.

The Hopster service is ad-free, so parents don't have to worry about your child stumbling across inappropriate adverts or shows.

The addition of Hopster sees Freetime continuing to move away from being a pure free-to-view service, with persistent rumours of a movie service being added to the service in the future. Indy movie service Curzon Home Cinema was added earlier this year. In addition to being available on Freesat boxes, Freetime is now being offered by some manufacturers on Freeview TVs.

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