There’s a seemingly endless supply of children’s programming on Netflix, and though not all of it’s great (sorry, Barney), it can be deployed in case of a chill emergency — provided you have an internet connection. But now weak Wi-Fi-induced tantrums could be a thing of the past. Light Reading reports that the streaming service is quietly working on a download-to-go version, so the woods won’t even get you out of watching The Wiggles.
Much of this speculation is coming from industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz, rather than the streaming service directly. “My expectation is that by the end of the year Netflix will be launching download-to-go as an option for their customers,” he estimates. Although Netflix has not admitted to working on such a service, their CEO Reed Hastings said he was open to the idea in an interview earlier this year. Seeing that Hastings has 2 kids himself, you can’t blame the guy for trying.
Though this could potentially make the homestretch of a road trip more bearable for everybody, that could easily backfire depending on how annoying the show is. Common Sense Media’s family movie and TV recommendations can help you avoid that, leaving you with one job: getting your kid to eventually turn it off. Unfortunately, Netflix can’t help you with that.