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PBS KIDS Sprout Launches New 24/7 Preschool Network Today

September 26, 2005

Multi-Platform Destination Available On-Air, On-Demand and On-Line; Features Quality Content Kids Love and Parents Trust

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- PBS KIDS Sprout today announced the launch of the new 24/7 preschool network and its website making PBS KIDS Sprout the perfect place for parents and their little ones to enjoy the wonders of early childhood -- anytime, anywhere. PBS KIDS Sprout is available on digital cable and satellite with over 16 million committed subscribers dedicated to offering little ones safe, fun, quality content.

PBS KIDS Sprout features an extraordinary lineup of shows including: Sesame Street(R), Bob the Builder(TM), Barney & Friends(TM), Thomas & Friends(TM), Angelina Ballerina(TM), Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat(TM), Caillou(R), The Berenstain Bears(TM), Jay Jay the Jet Plane(TM), Teletubbies(TM), Dragon Tales(TM), Pingu(TM), Noddy(TM) and more!

Diana Kerekes, the acting GM for PBS KIDS Sprout said, "Building on the remarkable success of our video-on-demand (VOD) service, we're very excited to be launching our digital cable channel and website today -- making Sprout truly a multi-platform destination for preschoolers and their caregivers." Kerekes added, "Not only does Sprout offer programming that is trusted, we're also able to provide such programs after 6pm, when other preschool channels just aren't available; that's why we say we're PBS KIDS Sprout -- all preschool, all the time!"

The channel features thematic programming blocks uniquely scheduled to follow the day of a preschooler from breakfast through to bedtime. Morning programming on PBS KIDS Sprout features stimulating and upbeat shows designed to get little ones moving and active for the day ahead. Lunchtimes and afternoons offer shows with common learning themes such as shapes, colors and feelings. The evening programming block includes soothing, relaxing shows to help children gently wind down after a busy day.

Hosts Kevin and Melanie, the first members of the PBS KIDS Sprout on-air family, appear in original segments between favorite shows creating a safe and nurturing environment. Throughout the day, Kevin and Melanie lead fun and engaging activities that encourage interactivity and learning. Kevin, the Birthday Host, shares viewer submitted birthday greetings and celebrations, while Bedtime Host, Melanie, plays games, does arts and crafts and tells stories.

PBS KIDS Sprout also offers a complete video-on-demand (VOD) service featuring 50 hours of VOD content every day. With video-on-demand, a parent can access their preschooler's favorite show -- exactly when they want; you can start any show and play and stop and stop and play! PBS KIDS Sprout On Demand also features Spanish-language programming, including episodes of Barney & Friends, Bob the Builder and Angelina Ballerina, as well as Plaza Sesamo, the Spanish-language adaptation of Sesame Street.

The PBS KIDS Sprout complementary website, http://www.sproutletsgrow.com, offers a fun, safe environment for little ones and their caregivers to engage in shared moments of learning and laughing while surfing and playing together. Sproutletsgrow.com offers original games, programming schedule as well as user-friendliness in interacting with preschoolers' most beloved characters.

If PBS KIDS Sprout isn't available yet in your neighborhood, please contact your local cable company.

About PBS KIDS Sprout

PBS KIDS Sprout was created as a partnership between Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the country's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services; PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), the most trusted distributor of award-winning children's programming; and HIT Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, two of the leading providers of quality entertainment for young children.

SOURCE Comcast Corporation