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# 146860 31-May-2014 16:16
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Hi guys,

For those who have kids, Im wanting to disconnect from Sky and start using internet streaming for kids TV, any recommendations?

I have an Apple TV 3, keen to try other devices.


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  # 1057123 31-May-2014 16:30
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You could just download shows instead of streaming and they can play them off a hard drive, this will also let you control what they watch.

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  # 1057141 31-May-2014 16:46
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Leaving "download" out (the reply doesn't specify "legal" or not) one option is the Amazon FireTV with either Netflix, Hulu subscriptions or an Amazon Instant Prime subscription.

You will need:

- Amazon FireTV 
- Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime subscription 
- a DNS-based region unblocked (UnoTelly (check the ads on this forum for a 35% Geekzone discount), Getflix or Unblock-Us)

You might be able to have Netflix and Hulu on your AppleTV. You will probably need the DNS-based region unblocker anyway. Other options are Chromecast (not too keen as you can't change DNS directly on device, like the Amazon FireTV) or Roku.

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  # 1057143 31-May-2014 16:49
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PBS kids isn't too bad.

Pity tvnz sold kidzone24 to sky, that would be good to stream. Lots of nz content. Some of it on tvnz ondemand but not too much.

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  # 1057179 31-May-2014 18:48
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My kids LOVE Netflix.  We use a Roku 3.

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  # 1057344 1-Jun-2014 04:06
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XBMC+ FTV and FTV guide addon will give heaps of kids channels





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  # 1057365 1-Jun-2014 06:58
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How old are your children ?

If they are under 12 years old in Netflix you can set up a separate profile for them (no adult stuff )  thats what we did for our 10 year old neice when she visits us , and she thinks its preety cool she can browse and have her own stuff on her profile .

I would recommend an Amazon Fire TV  to view Netflix on a very responsive machine , you can also get Hulu and Amazon Prime if you wanted to


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  # 1057384 1-Jun-2014 08:42
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It may depend on what your kids watch - or perhaps what you want your kids to watch!

Ever since Kidszone disappeared off FTA there's been little I'm happy with my kids watching on TV (my wife's not so fussy though!).

Personally, I've found the kids' selection on Netflix to be very limited (and disappointed by this - it was one of the main reasons for subscribing) - I'm yet to find any programmes (as opposed to movies) that are not fully animated, and very little (if any?) kids' content that is factual. If my kids (nearly three and 6.5) are going to sit in front of the goggle-box, I'd like to think they'll engage at least sometimes in in the content and actually learn something. 

Best free option for the kind of content I'd like the kids to watch is I've found is on BBC iPlayer - either watched directly on the iPad (or laptop/computer would work) or watched on the TV (sent via Airplay to the Apple TV - there's no ATV app for BBC).

Found some stuff on TVNZ On Demand as well - eg Let's Get Inventin'. 

I'm always interested in hearing what else is available out there for kids, though...


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  # 1057672 1-Jun-2014 19:15
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Thanks guys,

I will setup netflix on my apple TV first with unotelly, My Daughter is 6 years old. I do want her to watch some factual kids show rather than cartoons all the time.

Sorry, is FTV freeview? Im not too sure, unfortunately I've only had sky we don't have a UHF satellite.

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