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What do the Jersey shore and octuplets have in common? They both helped to spawn vapid reality TV. From entire families talking trash season after season to aging rock stars who become parents, television has changed. Even programs geared towards a younger generation fail to offer any redeeming educational or social value. It is much more fun to watch a sponge making friends than to learn about diversity and the alphabet. Parents are scrambling to find entertainment for their kids that is void of inappropriate and violent content. The answer might be found in the next generation of entertainment — streaming media.
Amazon Looks to Make a Difference
Amazon is creating several pilots through its studio division. The company is allowing viewers to decide which of the 14 shows will become regular series on their pay subscription service Amazon Prime. Included in the mix are six animated shows aimed at kids of all ages. Some Amazon Prime options parents can consider include "Sara Solves It," a math-based mystery show, and "Creative Galaxy," an art adventure series. The idea of letting viewers decide which shows are worth producing is an exciting concept for parents. It gives them more control over trends in children's television and marketing.
Netflix and Dreamworks Join Forces
Netflix, with the help of animation giant Dreamworks, is looking to start its own kid's series. "Turbo F.A.S.T.," based on the upcoming movie "Turbo," tells the tale of a snail with a super power. The director of the show explains the story combines two of kid's favorite things — racing cars and superheroes. The Netflix series will pick up where the movie ends. This is the second original program offered by this subscription service but the first made especially for kids.
How Much Will Online Shows Cost?
GetdirectTV.org explains that cable pricing starts at around $30 a month. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime are subscription services and not a part of a regular cable plan, so there are additional costs involved.
Netflix works connected to a television through a standalone media device or via a computer as long as you pay the monthly subscription fee -- currently around $8. Viewers who want to stream shows to their television must buy the media device separately. Amazon Prime is a bundle service that provides free shipping for eligible Amazon purchases, access to a no-cost Kindle library and the opportunity to watch instant videos, including their original series programs. The current annual fee for membership is $79. When you compare the cost of cable to participating in a subscription service, the savings is obvious. The Amazon membership, for example, offers a full year for the price of a couple of months of cable. Netflix' monthly fee is less than one-third of the cable service.
As new models of media emerge - and hopefully for the better - one thing remains constant. Parents must choose judiciously how to form their children. What stories, movies, poems and art will help their children to understand the world and make their way in it?
What sources of great media for children do you recommend?