DHX sells thousands of hours to SVOD

In-the-Night-Garden-DHX-MediaDHX Media has shopped 5,000 half hours to various international SVOD platforms.

The Canadian kids producer and distributor has shopped 2,800 hours to Shomi, the SVOD service backed by cable companies Shaw and Rogers that launched late last year. DHX shows including Caillou, Johnny Test and Super Why! are now on the platform. UK-produced preschool hit In the Night Garden, which DHX added to its catalogue after buying the Ragdoll library in late 2013, is also on Shomi.

In the US, preschool SVOD service Qkids has bought 450 half-hours and titles include The Adventures of PaddingtonStrawberry Shortcake and, also from the Ragdoll library, Teletubbies.

In Chile, cable company VTR’s VOD Kids, which launched last April, has acquired 120 half-hours including includes Care Bears, Monster Math Squad and Rastamouse.

TF1’s recently-announced French SVOD service Tfou Max has also picked up a 120-hour package of DHX fare, with titles including Strawberry Shortcake, Lassie and The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.

DHX has also shopped kids content to African SVOD player Aflix and South Africa’s Vidi. In Asia, the iFlix SVOD service has bought 19 DHX series.

In Australia, free-TV broadcaster Nine network’s Stan has taken 38 series and specials and pay TV operator Foxtel has taken 150 hours for its rival SVOD service, Presto.

“Over the last twelve months, we have seen tremendous growth in the SVOD space, with more than two dozen new subscription streaming services being announced or launched, globally,” said Dana Landry, CEO of DHX Media. “We anticipate further SVOD deals as this new era of digital streaming continues to unfold.”