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First World Problems: Catastrophic Netflix Programming Changes

Viacom and Netflix AgreementThe other day, during my regular early morning round of coffee and blog reading, I cam across an unfortunate discovery. Far too early in the morning for such visions of horror and catastrophe to begin wheedling in my head. Once I saw the headline on Baby Rabies, I couldn’t stop reading.

Netflix Is Probably Ditching Your Kids Favourite TV Show.

I’m a tad bit ashamed to admit it, but a fine mist of panic washed over me as I quickly read on. Which ones? When? WHY? OH DEAR GOD WHY?

These are some the questions that scrambled through my groggy and confused mind.

To my dismay, I discovered that a number of my little ones’ favourite shows wouldn’t be available on Netflix (anything courtesy Nickelodeon), after May. Which, you know – is now just a few short days away. Dora, Blues Clues, The Wonder Pets, Yo Gabba Gabba…(I could go on, but there is no need to upset you anymore), will no longer be available as Mommy’s Little Helper.

Which, I’ll admit – I had gotten fond and very used to the ease and accessibility (and thrifty price-tag), of accessing these shows in the wee hours of the morning, or when I’m single-parenting it and trying to make dinner. Or simply when one of m kids politely asks me to watch one of their shows. (That’s the only way to they get screen time if their daily quota isn’t up.) We don’t have cable and their screen time is monitored.

They know nothing of commercials or channel coasting the way that I did when I was a little one. There is no TV on constantly in our house to serve as a main source of entertainment or background noise.

So. I was feeling pretty good about their small amount of daily boob tube time.

Seriously. I can’t even think of a plan of action here. That doesn’t happen often. With the deal between Netflix and Viacom about to expire, it’s time get back to DVDs.  Cancel my subscription? Maybe. I never got into Arrested Development anyways.

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Selena is a crafty, culinary mom. Regular writer here and on Disney Baby. Part-time mischief maker, all the time geek. Proud of her Anishinaabe roots.

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