27 July 2006

Consider Netflix for kid's shows

Loraine left this comment on the post about the Amazon kid's DVD sale, but it was so hack-worthy I thought a promotion to the front page was in order.

I don't buy kid's DVDs - instead, I subscribe to Netflix and devote one movie slot to my daughter. I can keep the movies as long as she likes it. When she's bored with it, I send it back for a different DVD. I don't have to store a gazillion DVDs. Plus, it's no big deal when her character preferences change - remember how Elmo was the bee's knee one day and then your child turn 2 1/2 and Elmo was "so yesterday?"

We, too, are Netflix devotees. In fact, we intend to cancel our overpriced satellite TV service because, in addition to movies, all the shows we like on the extended and premium channels are available through Netflix. Major money-saver.

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Great idea! Also, we use the library - our local library has a lot of videos and DVDs for kids, so we go once a week and get 5 books and 2 movies for my daughter. She's seen a lot that she would not normally have seen without that resource. And she often chooses educational series (on her own!) like the Magic Schoolbus.

I love both the library and Netflix for the reasons stated above but I mostly love them because rented/loaned DVD's have a beginning, middle, and an end. When we used to have cable, there was the scourge of endless marketing and the constant promo-ing of "coming up next..." to where I could never shut it off w/o a fight because he was going to "miss something." Now, as stated above, many of the same shows are on DVD and we watch them and there are no commercials and when it's done, it's done. It's a beautiful thing.

The great thing about Netflix is that it lets you set up separate queues for different family members, so an alloted portion of your rentals can be kids' movies and another portion can be for grown-up flicks.

We do the same thing with NetFlix. It works great because you can keep the kid's favorite DVD until they get bored with it. And if they want it back, you can order it again. We split our 4 movies - 2 for Dad, one for Mom, one for the kids. If you haven't discovered NetFlixs you're missing out!

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