France invites Fox Kids

PARIS — France has become the latest European territory to open its doors to children’s channel Fox Kids Network, following in the footsteps of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Fox Kids France will launch on Nov. 15 and will be carried direct-to-home and via cable as part of the Canal Satellite digital platform. The service will initially broadcast 15 hours a day of live action and animation, originating from the U.S. and Europe. Among the shows destined to hit the screen in France are “Power Rangers,” “X-Men,” “The Trick” and Emmy winner “Bobby’s World.”

Estimates are that via Canal Satellite, Fox Kids France will be received by more than 500,000 direct-to-home subscribers by the end of 1997.

The new children’s service enters a Gallic market that is already catering heavily to the kid market. The Canal Satellite platform already carries French kids service Canal J, Disney Channel and the Cartoon Network. Rival digital platform, Television Par Satellite, has its own Teletoon offering.

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