In a move that reinforces the growing popularity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) content, American SVOD service Hulu will stream the STEM-inspired TV series Xploration Station in a new syndicated kid-targeted programming block created and produced by Steve Rotfeld Productions.
The new two-hour block of 30-minute programs drills into science and tech content. Hulu will stream a four-block run of Xploration Station on September 14, a day after the block debuts on Fox-owned broadcast stations in the US.
The streaming deal was made through the new media distribution company Total Content Digital. Following the broadcast debut, users can watch Xploration Station episodes for free on the ad-supported Hulu site, as well as Hulu’s subscription service, Hulu Plus.
With a focus on education and instruction, Xploration Station is meant to appeal to kids and their parents. The 30-minute series in the block include Xploration Awesome Planet, hosted by environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau and Xploration Earth 2050, a show that investigates what 2050 will hold for the world, according to a group of tech gurus, science fiction writers and creative thinkers. Earth 2050 is hosted by YouTube sensation Joe Penna, whose MysteryGuitarMan channel has more than 340 million views. The other shows include Xploration Outer Space and Xploration Animal Science.
For the past 20 years, Steve Rotfeld Productions and sister company The Workshop have produced and distributed shows for cable nets and TV stations. Their portfolio includes Wild About Animals and Awesome Adventures, the latter of which was nominated this year for a Daytime Emmy.