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Parents, toddlers lose it over Netflix’s decision to drop Dora

Last week, Netflix (s NFLX) ended its licensing deal with Viacom, thereby losing popular Nick Jr. kids’ shows like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Blue’s Clues. This pretty much wrecked the weekend for a bunch of parents and their streaming-loving kids, judging by the comments on our site.

Among the comments on our original post (39 and counting):

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At least two separate birthday parties were ruined:

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The laments have continued on Reddit, where some tech-savvy parents are looking to pirate the shows:

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As my colleague Janko Roettgers pointed out last week, it’s still possible that Netflix could license individual shows from Viacom. And Netflix noted that it’s recently added new shows from Disney and the Cartoon Network. In the meantime, Netflix’s loss could once again be Amazon’s gain, as numerous commenters pointed out that Amazon (s AMZN) Prime has the missing Viacom shows. In fact, DoraSpongeBob, Yo Gabba Gabba and Blue’s Clues are among the top-10 most-popular shows streaming on Prime today.

28 Responses to “Parents, toddlers lose it over Netflix’s decision to drop Dora

  1. Michelle

    I occasionally use Blues Clues in my kindergarten class to teach skills such as nursery rhymes, making predictions and inferences, counting and tons of other educational requirements. The kids love it! Bring it back!

  2. My kids watch all of the shows that ate now not available with Netflix their favorites Fresh Beat Band and Yo Gabba Gabba please bring them back I would pay more for Netflix if it meant it kept these shows streaming. Netflix should have went to their consumers and asked what would be better charge 2 dollars or to each household or rid the shows I’m sure any parent wood agree to the price raise to keep their children’s shows on

  3. My baby brother cries for Blue blues (Blue’s Clues) because that was his favorite show. It’s a shame the contract was ended because I think a main portion of netflix views was based off of children, that’s why they made the children section.

  4. This is horrible. Yo! Gabba Gabba is gone too with no warning. It is really a downer to tell a kid they are going to get to watch a episode as a reward for a good task done and then I have to spend several minutes on the AppleTV through Netflix searching and wondering why my search isn’t bringing up the show. I then go to my computer and search Netflix and it says the show is no longer available. I’ve been a Netflix subscriber for years and there are starting to be too many disappointments like this. Once something is on Netflix is should not ever be removed. I understand contracts, and I understand not getting new episodes of a show because of a contract dispute, but Netflix should never make contracts that allowing episodes/movies to ever be removed once added. I used to record and archive movies/shows that I liked so I could watch them when I wanted…I had believed Netflix was the solution to replace doing that. I’m willing to pay a monthly fee to have that service done for me….however, Netflix is now ruining their reputation more and more….

  5. Those that use Netflix primarily for the Nick Jr shows should just switch to Amazon Prime instead. They have currently provide Dora, Sponge Bob, Blues Clues, Diego, etc. They have a cheaper price per year, but have a steaper cost upfront.

  6. John Giles

    All these complaints about Dora and Netflix, and cancelling Netflix because of it, reminds me of the old saying:

    “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”

  7. Captain Jack

    The solution is to just pirate the shows off torrents. If the publishers are not going to give us a means to consume their content, we must use other means.

  8. Yeah, my kids were bummed too, but we have a subscription to Amazon Prime as well and they are all still on there. We also DVR Spongebob and it’s on constantly. The only drawback the kids have come across is they can’t always choose which episode to watch and now they sometimes have to sit through commercials. I was pretty pissed in the beginning, but we’re over it now. We were going to cut out cable all together since all we were doing was watching Netflix, now I guess we’re keeping it in the meantime.

    I agree that Netflix isn’t totally to blame and that Viacom had a role in it as well. Also, Netflix could be looking at the cost to viewer ratio and there may not have been enough viewers to justify the cost. Although that’s highly doubtful.

  9. B Baker

    Not a great move, Netflix. The Nick lineup was the “ONLY” reason we subscribed. Will be cancelling Netflix if these shows do not return within the next week.

  10. Sad mother in PA

    I am done with NetFlix…does anyone know if the competitors of Netflix have Dora, and other Viacom shows? I am ready to switch…5 years of loyalty out with this move. My kids are so sad and as a parent who loves to enjoy family tv time, NetFlix as ruined that time…by the way the Disney shows they said would make up for the loss of Dora and others do not add up…sad selection and more are inappropriate for toddlers to watch.

  11. Chris

    Personally I applaud Netflix for standing up to the networks such as Viacom. It seems the networks are trying to stuff their rate increase/retransmission consent model down Netflix’s throat.

  12. BDCNY

    I’m still annoyed they haven’t brought back the “Stargate” series… much less “SpongeBob”, “Fairly OddParents” and “Jimmy Neutron”, all of which I love

  13. Heather

    I won’t be canceling Netflix simply because they don’t have Dora , I love Doctor who and so do my kids , also tons of other movies , I am a fan of their french selection and indie films and now I just have to download a few episodes of Dora on my ps3 to keep my son happy its not that big of a deal .. When you have that much access to so much stuff for 8$ a month I think people are being a bit dramatic and greedy lol

  14. gonzo90017

    Same here. I record a lot of kids content on my pc using aMedia Portal. Curious George, Cat in the Hat, etc.. A lot of stuff not available anywhere else from purchased + Netflix Dvds also.

  15. Robbie

    I’m suddenly soooo glad I decided to just buy an extra TB of storage for my Tivo and record almost every Blues Clues, Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid, and Ni Hao Kailan in existence. My 5 year old has become a TiVo expert, including knowing how to move shows from one Tivo to another, prevent them from being deleted, etc.

    On premise media still has a huge place in the world until BS like this can’t happen.

  16. FrankM

    You can take this opportunity to teach your children about the value of a dollar. When you pay for access to programming, you do not own anything. Maybe you can best illustrate this while potty training. Place $8 in the toilet and flush.

    When you buy DVDs, or record shows from TV, you have possession of something. DVDs or digital files off-loaded to a portable device are also handy for in the car, a plane, or at grandma’s house.

  17. NJJenLyn

    After reading this article, it took hubby & myself about 2 minutes to decide to sign up for Amazon Prime. The main reason we signed up for Netflix in the first place was for Backyardigans and Dora the Explorer.

    • Steve

      think I am gonna do the same thing. Netflix might as well put a big Amazon Prime advertisement on its page since they are the reason Amazon will be getting a huge increase in subscribers very quickly!!!!

  18. I guess Viacom wanted to charge too much for Netflix to consider the content valuable. Seems like this article wants to drum up sympathy for Viacom

  19. Go Diego Go (which I assume is canceled if Dora is) and Blue’s Clues (via Netflix) were a staple in our house when my older son was younger. Our younger son is now two and just getting into Diego and Blue … we only keep our Netflix subscription for their online kids content. Will probably cancel our subscription if this content has truly gone away.

  20. David Thomas

    Note to Netflix: you’d better have a plan to sell in the next 14 years ’cause generation kyb* isn’t gonna forget this one.

    *kick your butt