Public broadcaster PBS is expanding its coverage and product segments to a new area, as it debuted a tablet this week. It’s a slate for the little ones, focused on the children television programming from PBS. It appears that kids are spending more time in front of tablets than TV sets and PBS caters to that need.


The Playtime Pad is the first PBS tablet, a device manufactured by Ematic and coming with PBS Kids’ Entertainment bundled, with stuff like videos, music, games and more included. Apps such as PBS Kids Video, PBS Kids Scratch Jr. and PBS Parents Play and Learn will be bundled. Over 25 games are installed here, including a Paint Box app for coloring, as well as 120 videos, songs and music videos.


Specs-wise, this model brings 16 GB of storage, a 1.3 GHz quad core CPU and a microSD card slot, plus a modest 7 inch 1024 x 600 display, the kind of which we found on the first iPad Mini generation. A front and back camera are included, as well as 16 GB of flash storage and the device is able to run a custom version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Parental control and time limitations are included and the device goes for $79.99. It will be available from November 6th.