Kabillion

Common Sense Media says

Comcast's site lets kids pick their own content.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Some of the shows have slapstick humor, but nothing too scary.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This site advertises Comcast and exclusive Kabillion stuff.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a commercial, video-on-demand site run by Comcast Cable that lets kids watch what they want, when they want. Kids need to get permission from their parents to take part in the monitored and tame forums, but have access to most everything else (games, reading the comments, watching harmless user videos) without becoming a member. The site uses some savvy marketing tricks -- like doling out awards for the kids who earn the most "kachings" by playing games and featuring many ads for Comcast content.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

KABILLION.COM is Comcast's venture into the multi-platform world of combining broadband, video on demand, and Web sites. Kids can play games, chat on boards, get \"goodies\" like e-cards, and submit their own video. There's also K-beat, a blog about the music scene, and an option to listen to new release music samples.

Is it any good?

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The biggest draw is that kids can watch episodes (in full screen) of popular shows like Curl It with Cobi and the animated I Got a Rocket. "Hosted" by teen actors, Kabillion.com attempts to be interactive through polls, contests, and by requesting feedback. The site is; however, monitored and to become a "kabillionaire" you have to get your parents to fill out (and fax back) a consent form to participate in any contests or forums.

The major drawback: Even though the jam-packed site is easy to navigate, the constantly blinking, moving, and pulsing ads make it visually difficult to tolerate for a long time.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the pros and cons of video on demand. When is it good to have instant access to what you want? Does it cause tube time to increase or are kids now able to be more efficient with their TV watching? How has it taken away -- or not -- from family TV or movie night?

Website details

Genre:Brand Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byccfc April 9, 2008
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17
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My Kids now go there first

The channel runs on Comcast Time Warner and other cable channels. It has some classic kids shows such as Bobby's World and lots of new stuff such as Hero 108, Zhu Zhu Pets, Super Sportslets (a really original show) and an ever changing lie up.
Parent Written bytxparent October 25, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

Website needs attention

This website apparently has no moderation. The forums are full of inappropriate language and behavior. Any contact attempts with staff are ignored.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written bystrikers November 11, 2010
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7
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