Sensical Scores Best In Class Digital-first And Studio Acquisitions Set


Beginning December 13, Free, Age-Appropriate, Highly Curated and Rated Streaming Service From Common Sense Networks To Launch Podcast Lineup For Kids 2-10

Newly Acquired Podcast Slate Anchored By Little Stories for Tiny People, Chanel Tsang’s Peace Out;  Pinna’s Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest, 5 for 5 Trivia, Don't Break the Rules, Kyle's Wild World, Quentin and Alfie's ABC Adventures, and The Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show; Rebel Girls' Good Night Stories Profiling Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, Malala, Kamala Harris and more; Melissa Victor’s Stoopkid Stories; The Past and The Curious History Podcast; Tumble: Science Podcast for Kids; and What If World

New Sensical Studio/Distribution Alliances Include Entertainment One, Hasbro, Sinking Ship Entertainment, and Splash Entertainment; Additional Titles From Monster Entertainment and Tankee; Plus, New Digital First Content Including The River and Wilder Show, Kujo's Kid Zone, Neptune Studios’ Minute Earth and Minute Physics; Music/Social Justice Artist Fyutch and The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Distribution of Algorithm-Free Platform With 60+ Topic Based Channels Broadens With Three, New Channels on VIZIO WatchFree+ For Kids 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10; Entertaining Content Organized By Kid-Favorite Topics With Inherent Educational, Social, and Emotional Benefits Identified for Parents and Caregivers
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Los Angeles, December 8, 2021 --Sensical, a free, age-appropriate streaming destination certified by the kidSAFE+ ® COPPA Seal Program, continues to align with leading digital-first and studio content partners this holiday season and unveiled plans today to launch an expansive podcast lineup on December 13. Meeting children where they are with a broad and inclusive range of safe, family-facing services and curated content initiatives, parent company Common Sense Networks also announced that Sensical's hand-selected, algorithm-free lineup is now available on VIZIO's free streaming service, WatchFree+ through three, separate FAST channels for kids 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10.

The ad-supported platform, where kids follow their passions across 15,000+ videos and 60+ topic-based channels including Animals, Music & Dance, Nature, Video Games, DIY and more is also available via web and mobile on iOS, Android, the Roku® platform, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. Sensical has been touted by a wide range of media including TechCrunch, noting the services' content, "assured to be age-appropriate - even the ads…" is an area "that's often overlooked on other services." The Wall Street Journal described Sensical as a "good find"; Romper says that "parents can rest easy" as "anything their child chooses to watch on Sensical is 100% kid-appropriate"; and Fatherly shared that Sensical's "age-appropriate categories are a game-changer."

Common Sense Networks and Sensical is inspired by the expertise of Common Sense Media, the leading independent source for expert media ratings and reviews and advice, trusted by parents and educators worldwide. The critically acclaimed streaming service exceeds industry standards by filtering 100% of its content through a rigorous, proprietary IP and rubric grounded in science and based on the most comprehensive child development research available.

Sensical's new podcast slate, launching across all OTT platforms and devices, reinforces Common Sense Networks' goal to expand the engagement experience to include the growing audio ecosystem. With plans to bolster its podcast library over the course of the coming months, Sensical's entertaining lineup is anchored by Rhea Pechter's Little Stories for Tiny People, Chanel Tsang's Peace Out; Pinna's Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest, 5 for 5 Trivia, Don't Break the Rules, Kyle's Wild World, Quentin and Alfie's ABC Adventures, and The Totally Unauthorized Minecraft Fan Show; select episodes of Rebel Girls' Good Night Stories profiling iconic women including Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey, Malala and Kamala Harris; Melissa Victor's Stoopkid Stories; Mick Sullivan's The Past and The Curious history podcast; Tumble: Science Podcast for Kids; and the storytelling podcast, _What if World. _

Among the new, noteworthy video content alliances are studio/distribution partners including Hasbro and Entertainment One (Ricky Zoom, Chomp Squad, Pound Puppies, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends), Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc. (Chirp, Giver, My Home My Life, What's Inside) and Splash Entertainment (Chloe's Closet, Dive Olly Dive, The The DaVincibles, Gasp, Jing-Ju Cats, Oh Yuck!, I Got A Rocket!); plus new titles from Monster Entertainment ( Earth to Luna, The Day Henry Met, I'm a Creepy Crawly, I'm a Monster, Misho & Robin, Tiny Square Critters, Rocka-Bye Island).

New digital-first video content includes additional titles from Tankee (Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Pokemon Unite Masterclass, Super Luigi Galaxy; Dragon Kingdom, Journey to the End, Space Mission ALT; Project Fun-A-Loo; Lego Marvel's Avengers, Lego Worlds, PixARK, Rocket League; Astroneer), plus new acquisitions including The River and Wilder Show, Kujo's Kid Zone, Neptune Studios' Minute Earth and Minute Physics; content from Music/Social Justice Artist Fyutch and from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, Black Voices of American Music and Writing Lyrics for a Character.

With every single frame of video viewed, vetted and rated by experts, Sensical has amassed the industry's most comprehensive set of healthy content metadata, exceeding parents' expectations for safe viewing. With a lens for what is best for kids at every age, Sensical provides parents with a true sense of confidence by ensuring the content and characters kids' love is evaluated by those trained in child development. Within the app, the live channel feature can be accessed by selecting the TV icon for Sensical's three age-specific live channels each with safe and healthy content thoughtfully programmed in dayparts.

Previously, Common Sense Networks announced deals with studio/distribution partners ABC Commercial, CAKE, CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution, Cyber Group Studios, Jetpack Distribution, The Jim Henson Company, Mattel, Nelvana, 9 Story Distribution International, Raydar Media, Sesame Workshop, Serious Lunch, Studio 100, Superights, WildBrain, Xilam Animation, ZDF Enterprises and Zodiak Kids; and digital first creators including Aaron's Animals, ABCMouse, Alphabet Rockers, batteryPOP, Bounce Patrol, California Academy of Sciences, GoldieBlox, The Gotham Group's Gotham Reads, Guggenheim Museum, Hevesh5, Howdytoons, Kids' Black History, MEL Science + Chemistry, Mother Goose Club, N*Gen, Pinkfong, Penguin Random House's Brightly Storytime, StacyPlays, Studio71, SuperSimple Songs, Tankee, Ubongo Kids, Vooks, The Whistle and more.

Sensical & ParentZone Features Include:

  • The Collection: Over 15,000 curated videos, popular, recognizable titles as well as hidden gems, tagged by area of learning including creativity, encouraging friendship or inspiring interest in STEM) and evaluated for quality through a rigorous, proprietary rubric based on the most comprehensive child development research available.
  • Three Age-Appropriate Experiences: Sensical offers three distinct, age-specific viewing environments for preschool (2-4), little kids (5-7) and big kids (8-10).
  • Topic-Based Channels: Content can be explored within the 60+ topic-based channels, an on-demand experience.
  • Live TV: By selecting the TV icon within the Sensical app, users can quickly bring up the age-appropriate Live channel thoughtfully programmed in dayparts.
  • Set and Watch Favorite** s:** By tapping the "star" icon next to any individual video, podcast, series, or topic-based channel, kids will capture their personal Favorites within the app; can create their own playlists and access them across all screens.
  • Closed Captioning: Closed captioning on all video content (with the option to automatically play with captions as the default), underscores a desire to improve reading skills by helping a child move from decoding to comprehension.
  • Free from Inappropriate Ads: Sensical, COPPA-certified by the kidSAFE ® Seal Program, is free from inappropriate ads with experts carefully reviewing submissions from every sponsor.
  • ParentZone: this dashboard tool allows parents to review/manage all viewing activity and generates:
  • Learning Reports: an automated tool calculating daily viewing time (rankedby 10+ learning benefits and the topics kids are watching) over the past seven or 30 days.
  • Time Limits: set viewing time for each child across all screens vs just one device and extend viewing time using their PIN code (vs removing the limit entirely), one of Sensical's unique benefits.
  • Why It's Sensical: Parents can learn about a title's inherent benefits (e.g. reading, math, science, movement, making, friendship, positive messages, problem solving) by clicking on the "i" icon on each page.

About Sensical

Free to explore, free to learn, and free to watch, Sensical, from Common Sense Networks, is a new streaming service for kids offering thousands of entertaining, age-appropriate videos and podcasts featuring characters and creators that children love. Inspired by the expertise of Common Sense Media, the ad-supported service features content for three distinct age groups -- ages 2-4 (Preschool), 5-7 (Little Kids), and 8-10 (Big Kids) -- all screened by experts and filtered through a rigorous, proprietary rubric based on the most comprehensive child development research available. Grounded in science, the topic-driven, 60+ channel service is certified by the kidSAFE+ ® COPPA Seal Program and offers families an algorithm-free, worry-free OTT destination via an array of streaming devices, smart TV manufacturers, and mobile devices. Follow us @SensicalTV on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About Common Sense Networks

Setting a new benchmark in children's digital media, Common Sense Networks supports kids' social, emotional and cognitive development by creating engaging, age-appropriate experiences that empower them to do and be more. Common Sense Networks meets children where they are with a broad and inclusive range of safe, family-facing services and curated content initiatives including streaming video options like Sensical, a newly launched free, topic-based streaming service for kids 2-10 inspired by the work of Common Sense Media, a trusted resource to parents for almost two decades. In addition, Common Sense Networks, a for-profit affiliate of Common Sense Media and a Public Benefit Corporation, proudly aligns with leading brands and media entities like TikTok to reimagine their existing platform approach and activate meaningful and lasting change in the kids' media ecosystem. Follow us @commonsensenets on Twitter and Instagram.

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Sheila Feren-Thurston

FerenComm for Common Sense Networks