June 05, 2013, 6:00 AM —
Source: Nick Jr.
Amazon continues to show how serious it is about its Prime Streaming service. Back at the end of April Netflix let a deal with Viacom expire. Part of that deal was content from kid's channel Nickelodeon.
Now we adults know that content comes and goes on Netflix all the time and we deal with these changes in an adult manner (right?) but I'm given to understand that kids are less understanding. In fact the loss of Dora the Explorer from Netflix caused a fair share of tears to be shed, from what I've read.
At the time the contract expired, Netflix said it was in discussions to license specific shows but that it is getting away from 'bulk content deals.'
Enter Amazon, which has swooped in and snatched the content right out of Netflix's streaming jaws. The company announced a multi-year deal with Viacom that brings unlimited access to shows such as Bubble Guppies, The Backyardigans, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues and Victorious and future episodes of Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly Odd Parents, and Fresh Beat Band.
That's odd wording, but I just checked and Season 1, Episode 1 of Dora is available and it looks like all six seasons are available. Perhaps they mean existing as well as future episodes of these shows.
Bottom line is, if you're a parent with a child who is missing Dora or Spongebob or any of these other characters, it might be time to sign up for Amazon Prime.
And as long as I'm on the subject...
Back in April Amazon released pilot episodes for a bunch of potential original series and I watched a few of them. It turns out I must represent the common man because the two I liked the most, Alpha House and Betas, are the two adult shows that Amazon is going to produce a whole season of. They also picked up three kids shows: Annebots, Creative Galaxy, and Tumbleaf.
The bad news is these exclusive deals mean we may have to sign up for more than one streaming service to watch everything we want to watch. The good news is that they're all cheap. Netflix and Amazon Prime combined are less expensive than a month of HBO, for example.
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