RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP AND CPTV ANNOUNCE MOBILE PLATFORM TO REDEFINE AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT, CONTENT DISTRIBUTION, AND FUNDRAISING
RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP AND CPTV ANNOUNCE
The CPTV-branded iOS mobile platform will be available via the App Store and features downloadable videos, eBooks, and interactive books from CPTV Kids, as well as top names in children’s entertainment currently featured in Ruckus’ children’s application. After the initial June launch, a separate application featuring general interest content will roll out later this year.
This mobile platform enables CPTV to:
· Thrive in today’s mobile world by leveraging its traditional broadcast experience and brand
· Offer a new universal distribution outlet of content for kids and parents, when and where they want it, without relying on a Wi-Fi connection; all content can be fully downloaded for instant access at any time across all iOS devices
· Provide parents useful analysis of their children’s reading and learning engagement while using the platform
· Experiment with content production that is not limited by traditional broadcast constraints
· Monetize mobile content locally via in-app purchases and generate additional revenue to support public media programming efforts
· Provide a content management system that offers instant and market-specific changes to the “storefront” order, pricing, information, show promotion, and more
· Enable their supporters to "purchase with a purpose" digital products within the store, with the ability to give directly to support their local station
· Provide identified consumers with Ruckus-CPTV original mobile-distributed content
· Maximize communication and engagement of audiences with a powerful and frequent “push notification” and email engagement system featuring educational tips and other useful information
“Ruckus Media Group is delighted to work with CPTV,” said Rick Richter, Ruckus’ CEO. “This effort represents the very best example of a public/private partnership, and shows real initiative on the part of CPTV to satisfy the needs of their audience and, importantly, to engage them through their smartphones and tablets.”
Other future Ruckus/CPTV advancements for this platform will include a CPTV mobile app for adults, as well as mobile apps for other systems, including Android. Further, CPTV is able to offer this turn-key mobile strategy to other like-minded stations that are interested in creating their own locally branded mobile platform.
“We’ve teamed up with one of the most knowledgeable companies in the mobile platform arena,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, parent company of CPTV. “Ruckus Media has garnered a unique position in the children’s mobile app business, and has already demonstrated its willingness to understand the unique needs of public media and has positioned us for success.”
The CPTV mobile app will be available for Apple’s iPad, iPad mini, iTouch, and iPhone via the App Store in May.
ABOUT RUCKUS MEDIA GROUP
Ruckus Media Group creates award-winning interactive applications for mobile devices designed to entertain and educate children. Its latest release, the Ruckus app, delights children with interactive storybooks featuring favorite brands (Hasbro, Crayola, SeaWorld); ReadAlong eBook versions of celebrated titles (Curious George, The Polar Express); original content from top names in entertainment (Butch Hartman, The Wiggles); and video episodes from the best in children’s TV and music (Sid the Science Kid, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!, KidzBop). Parents are provided with feedback on their child’s experiences within the application, including time spent, and reading tips from educators and parents. Since the company’s launch, Ruckus has been recognized with more than 30 parenting and app awards, including a Mom’s Choice Gold Award for the #1 iTunes bestselling “My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day,” based on the ever-popular Hasbro toy characters, and a Kidscreen iKids award for the Crayola Ruckus Readers, among many others.
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows, and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™, and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in