Freesat has launched Hopster, its first dedicated children’s On Demand player, on its connected TV service Freetime.

Freesat already has ten dedicated children’s TV channels, including CBBC, CBeebies and CITV.

Hopster’s On Demand app costs £3.99 a month. Furthermore, Hopster is offering Freetime viewers access to all its programming completely free of charge, with a special 30 day free trial for everyone who signs up in the first month from launch.

Freetime’s On Demand line-up also includes Curzon Home Cinema, BBC News and BBC Sport, as well as the catch up players BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.

Commenting on the development, Emma Scott, Freesat’s MD, said: “We are thrilled that Freetime is the first TV platform to launch Hopster. This is our first dedicated children’s On Demand player and shows just how committed we are to giving families the programmes they love, ready to watch when they are. We already offer families a great range of children’s telly and introducing Hopster provides even more choice, from classics like Bob the Builder to the much loved Angelina Ballerina.”

Nick Walters, Hopster’s CEO, added: “Our mission is to make screen time better for kids – and the TV is still the number one screen in many family homes. Freesat provides an amazing experience to its customers through Freetime, and we’re really excited about adding to its stellar line-up with the Hopster app. Freetime families can now access all the best shows on-demand in a completely safe, ad-free environment – with a juicy launch trial offer to boot!”