WPT to Launch New 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel on Jan. 16

January 6, 2017 Jonna Mayberry Leave a Comment

Wisconsin Public Television has exciting news! On Monday, Jan. 16 a brand-new 24/7 channel: WPT PBS KIDS and live stream will debut, supporting WPT’s mission to provide Wisconsin children with high-quality educational content.  Read more about these new children’s services and how to tune in below! 

Wisconsin Public Television has offered quality educational programming to Wisconsin children for decades, and this commitment continues to strengthen. 2017 marks an exciting new development in WPT’s mission: WPT launches new, free  24/7 children’s services on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. WPT’s free, localized services include a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms.

WPT will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on this additional television channel, called WPT PBS KIDS, and online through a live stream, making it easy for Wisconsin children to watch their favorite series during primetime and other after-school hours when viewing among families is high.

“This is a wonderful complement to WPT’s expanded educational offerings, particularly as we celebrate the centennial of public broadcasting in Wisconsin and connect with a new generation of viewers,” said Jon Miskowski, WPT’s director of television. “We’re especially grateful to Dr. Monroe E. and Sandra Trout and their family for a generous gift that helps us provide access for all Wisconsin families.”

Ready to watch? Here’s how you can get the channel on Jan. 16:

Over the Air and Cable

  • WPT’s four channels – WPT, The Wisconsin Channel, Create and the new WPT PBS KIDS channel – are available over the air via antenna and to all cable and satellite providers. If you watch WPT over the air with an antenna, you also are able to watch The Wisconsin Channel, Create and WPT PBS KIDS for free. All four will be grouped under the same channel number (xx-1, -2 and -3 -4 respectively). If you do not see all four channels, try to re-scan for channels using your TV’s menu.
  • WPT offers all four channels to all cable and satellite providers, and some cable providers carry all four. If you are not able to find the new WPT PBS KIDS channel, ask your provider whether the channel is in your line-up. If not, ask them to consider adding the channel. Please note that channel number assignments are determined by your provider.


  • Viewers will be able to watch a live stream of the WPT PBS KIDS channel at wpt.org and on the PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, and tablets.
    Soon after launch, the live stream will be available on over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.

The WPT PBS KIDS 24/7 channel will include popular favorites such as DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, ODD SQUAD, WILD KRATTS and DINOSAUR TRAIN; PBS KIDS’ newest series SPLASH AND BUBBLES, NATURE CAT and READY JET GO! will also be featured. WPT will provide PBS KIDS programming 24/7 on WPT PBS KIDS. The WPT flagship channel will continue to feature PBS KIDS programming during the day. The schedule of children’s programming on the flagship WPT channel will be different from the 24/7 WPT PBS KIDS channel, offering families a variety of options.

Blog edited to add: Interested in the WPT PBS KIDS 24/7 schedule? View it below!

Times above are in ET, not CT. (Click to enlarge.)

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