Thursday, 22 March 2012

Netflix 'Just for Kids' - Unlimited TV Shows and Films

Yesterday I met with David Watson, the director of product innovation at Netflix who is responsible for the family and kids section to find out more about their Just for Kids service which is now available as part of a subscription to Netflix. Just for Kids is a special section of Netflix which is full of TV shows and films suitable for children twelve years and under which are organised by easy-to-understand genres such as Superheroes, Talking Animals and Girl-Power with a picture for each and featuring clear and simple descriptions of the plot of every title. You can also organise them by characters which I have found works well for my toddler as he can easily pick his favourite shows with Pingu being his current favourite. I have to say I am very impressed by Just for Kids and can see it being very useful for families. I love the Watch With Family section which gives you a great choice of family films to choose from perfect for a family movie night, just add popcorn and add to the excitement by getting the kids to make up cinema tickets.

Watch with the family - fantastic selection of family films

Coincidentally we signed up for a months free trial of Netflix when we spotted it on Apple TV last weekend and have seen some great films since but until yesterday I had yet to get around to checking out the Just for Kids area properly. To be honest I wasn’t aware of how great it is for kids until talking to David. When you launch the Netflix app on your Apple TV, Nintendo Wii etc you simply select Just for Kids where you will find a whole host of kid appropriate content such as Pingu, Bob the Builder, Thomas the Tank Engine and Phineas and Ferb to mention just a few. If your child is like mine, they go through phases of wanting to watch the same programme over and over again so you will be glad to hear there is unlimited viewing and another important thing to note is that there are no commercials. The reassuring thing as a parent is that by allowing you child access to the Just For Kids section to pick what they want to watch you can be sure that they are not going to come across any unsuitable content.

Organise by Character
Netflix uses a unique recommendation engine which works by building on your viewing preferences and personalises you content offering you films and TV shows from the thousands of titles in the Netflix library based on what you have previously watched. This, in my opinion, is a great idea especially for kids who will no doubt discover new favourites which they may never otherwise have come across. It also means that if they don’t like a particular film or TV Show that you thought they would you can simply stop it and have not lost anything unlike if you had bought the DVD which I have made the mistake of doing on several occasions for my son.

Netflix can be accessed from multiple devices at the same time which is fantastic for families with varied viewing preferences and as you can log in and access it from anywhere it means it is great for when you are away from home. I know it will definitely come in useful when we next go to stay with my parents. Streaming from Netflix is possible from a whole host of devices including Apple TV, Nintendo Wii, PS3, PC, Mac and Smart TV’s amongst others. Just for Kids will be available on the iPad app later on this year.

Subscription to Netflix costs £5.99 a month and gives you access to unlimited films and TV episodes including Just For Kids. You can try it for free for one month like we have and I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. You are not tied into any contracts which means you can cancel it at anytime. I highly recommend giving it a go!

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SusanKMann said...

We have this. Lots of great shows for kids x

Mummy's Space said...

 It's great isn't it? So much choice!

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