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Amazon and Netflix Continue to Battle Over Kids Viewing All Things D

Amazon "has added a bunch of new kids shows from PBS to its Prime Instant Video collection. So if you’re a Prime member, you can now stream shows 'Caillou' and 'Dinosaur Train' for free," writes Peter Kafka at the website All Things D.

Not to be outdone, Kafka notes that Netflix "is adding 'Mako Mermaids,' which Netflix says is a spinoff of something called 'H2O -- Just Add Water,' which Netflix says is a 'Global Smash Hit Series' for 8- to 12-year-olds. Which I cannot verify because my kids are still in their 'Dinosaur Train' phase."

Kafka also writes, "The main difference in the two announcements, which come within a day of each other, is that Amazon’s newest programs aren’t exclusive to the service, but Netflix’s new programming is. The main point: Both of the streaming services are pushing hard to play up their utility as cheap/free babysitting services."

The article also notes, "Last month, Netflix added a new slug of Disney shows; a few weeks after that, Amazon added a bunch of Viacom shows that Netflix used to have."