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BabyFirstTV
BabyFirst TV.svg
Launched December 2, 2003
Owned by Regency Enterprises (30%)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Watch your baby blossom
Language English
Spanish
French
Turkish
German
Portuguese
Polish
Broadcast area United States
Europe
Asia
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Website BabyFirstTV.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV (U.S.) 293
Dish Network (U.S.) 126
BSkyB (Europe) 624
CanalSat (Europe) 132
Digital+ (Europe) 39
Mio TV (Singapore) 25
Cablevision (Mexico) 304[1]

BabyFirstTV is a commercial-free premium satellite television network aimed at 0-3 year olds. It is owned 30% by Regency Enterprises. Guy Oranim and Sharon Rechter created BabyFirstTV in 2003.[2]

In the United States, DirecTV and Dish Network customers can subscribe to the channel à la carte for $4.99 per month. DirecTV added the channel in May 2006.[3]

In Europe, the channel is available under various satellite networks such as British Sky Broadcasting, CanalSat and Digital+. The European versions of the channel transmit programs dubbed in British English, French, Spanish, German and Turkish.

In Singapore, the channel is available on SingTel and mio TV.

In the Maldives, it is available on TV Cabo, and has nothing to do with the prexisting "Baby TV".[4]

BabyFirstTV has no connection with "BabyTV" or with any other older television channels with various similar names.

Contents

Programs

Shows on BFTV are divided into seven zones, each identified by a color and by a learning strategy. The names and programs within each zone are listed below. As the entire schedule is designed to be viewed by toddlers and infants, a blanket TV-Y rating is applied through the entire broadcast day.

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Thinking Journey (Yellow)

  • Tillie Knock Knock
  • Fred & Fiona
  • Wonder Box
  • Baby Maze
  • Bonnie Bear
  • Puzzles

Language Playground (Red)

  • Harry the Bunny
  • BabyFirst Tales
  • Hide and Seek
  • The Wordies
  • Musti
  • The Yoyo and Peanut Show
  • Tell Me a Story
  • So Smart!
  • Safari Scrapbook

Imagination Lane (Pink)

  • Rainbow Horse
  • Shushybye Baby
  • Symfollies
  • Arty Party
  • Clay World
  • Bloop & Loop
  • Petey Paintbrush
  • Bobby's Balloon House
  • Picture Pad

Feelings Garden (Orange)

  • Friendly Jack
  • Squeak!
  • Play With Me!
  • Babies

Numbers Parade (Blue)

  • Numbers Around the Globe
  • Numbers Farm
  • Number Time
  • Shapes and Sizes
  • Shape-a-Majigs

Sensory Wonderland (Green)

  • Baby D.I.Y.
  • My Gym at Home
  • Hopla
  • Peek-a-Boo, I See You!
  • Black & White
  • Tik Tak

Rainbow Dreams (Rainbow Colors)

  • Scuba Dots
  • Sandman
  • Night Night Lullaby
  • Pixies
  • Color Symphony
  • Safari Scrapbook
  • Carousel Dreams
  • Flow
  • Wave
  • Kaliedoscope
  • Mobiles

Controversy and response

When BFTV launched, child psychologists and other critics claimed that it was a bad idea. They claim that television images are harmful for babies and toddlers of the age targeted by the network. In response, network officials point to the support of child development experts in creating the programs that it carries.[5]

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