New CPTV Kids App Now Available on iPhone, iPad and Other Mobile Platforms

Release Date: 08/21/2013

CPTV and Ruckus Media Group Develop Mobile Platform with Unique Content for Kids and Families 

The CPTV-branded iOS mobile platform – known as the CPTV Kids App – is now available for free via the App Store and features downloadable videos, eBooks and interactive books from top names in children’s entertainment, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That and Sid the Science Kid. This new mobile delivery and engagement platform was developed by Ruckus Media Group, an independent family entertainment company, and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV). 
 
This mobile platform:
·         Offers content for kids and parents, when and where they want it, without relying on a Wi-Fi connection; all content can be fully downloaded for instant access at any time across all iOS devices;
·         Provides parents useful analysis of their children’s reading and learning engagement while using the platform;
·         Enables CPTV supporters to "purchase with a purpose" digital products within the store, with the ability to give directly to support their local station; and
·         Offers email communication featuring educational tips and other useful information for parents and their children.
 
The CPTV mobile app is available for Apple’s iPad, iPad mini, iTouch, and iPhone via the App Store. Ruckus and CPTV have future advancements in development for this platform, including a CPTV mobile app for adults, as well as mobile apps for other systems, including Android.  
 
The CPTV Kids App is presented by Big Y® World Class Markets®
 
About Ruckus Media Group
Ruckus Media Group creates award-winning interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children. Its latest release, the Ruckus app, delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld); ReadAlong eBook versions of celebrated titles (Curious George, The Polar Express); original content from top names in entertainment (Butch Hartman, The Wiggles); and video episodes from the best in children’s TV and music (Sid the Science Kid, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!, KidzBop). Parents are provided with feedback on their child’s experiences within the application, including time spent, and reading tips from educators and parents. Since the company’s launch, Ruckus has been recognized with more than 30 parenting and app awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award for the #1 iTunes bestselling “My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day,” based on the ever-popular Hasbro toy characters, and a Kidscreen iKids award for the Crayola Ruckus Readers, among many others. For a full listing of titles and additional information, please visit the Ruckus website as well as Ruckus at the App store and follow Ruckus on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About Connecticut Public Television (CPTV)
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cptv.org.
 

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