Birthday’s On-Demand: Netflix now helps celebrate your kids birthday

Netflix Birthdays On-Demand

Along with interactive choose your own adventure shows, special countdowns for New Year’s Eve and a growing library of original kid-friendly content, Netflix has now launched Birthday’s On-Demand.

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With Birthday’s On-Demand parents can cue up characters from 14 different Netflix shows to celebrate with. Characters include LEGO Friends, Dinotrux, Barbie, King Julien, My Little Pony, Beat Bugs, Skylanders and more.

About Birthdays On-Demand

Birthdays On-Demand is a one-click birthday hack for the 44 per cent of parents who feel the social media-fueled anxiety of pulling off the perfect birthday celebration, and the 69 per cent who wish there was an easier way. No glitter, no confetti, just family-friendly entertainment that’ll be the icing on the cake at any birthday bash.

To find the Birthdays On-Demand featurettes on Netflix search for “birthday,” “birthdays,” “Birthdays On-Demand” or “birthday songs” or visit netflix.com/birthdays.

Will you use the Netflix Birthdays On-Demand feature for your child? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Netflix setting up download zones for Ontario cottagers this summer

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Planning to head to the cottage for the long weekend? If you’re in Ontario you’ll be happy to know you can now stop at a Netflix Download Zone along the way to load up on content!

The “Netflix and go” download zones will be available every long weekend from Victoria Day to Labour Day. Users can stop, connect and download available shows to their tablets or phones for offline viewing in the car or at the cottage.

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Shows available to download include the likes of Stranger Things, Riverdale, The OA, PAW PatrolThe Office and more.

Here are the locations of the Ontario Netflix Download Zones:

Victoria Day weekend

Friday, May 19

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21

  • Collingwood – Farmers Market at Hurontario and Simcoe St

Canada Day weekend

Friday June 30

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2

  • Gravenhurst – 101 Centennial Dr

Civic Holiday weekend

Friday, August 4

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6

  • Huntsville – 37 Main St E

Labour Day weekend

Friday, September 1

  • Bass Pro Shop at Vaughan Mills – 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr

Netflix Download Zones

Will you take advantage of the Netflix Download Zones? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Not available in Canada

Amazon Echo Canada

The Amazon Echo is not available in Canada.

I reached out to Amazon earlier this week to inquire about their Amazon Echo device, which I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about. Their reply? “Not available in Canada.”

As a Canadian there is nothing more infuriating than hearing those four words.

This is not a new issue, either. Americans have always gotten the latest greatest gadgets and services before us. The iPod, iPhone, Netflix and Spotify were all mysterious creatures before they eventually arrived in the north. Even homegrown tech company Blackberry released some of its products in the U.S. before here!

RELATED: Map of drive-in movie theatres in Canada

Sometimes products come too late or are crippled when they get here and end up being a bust.

I remember wanting a TiVo for years only to be disappointed when it was finally available because it wouldn’t integrate with any of our cable or satellite providers properly, and the online components didn’t function because the services were unavailable. The recent failure of Target also comes to mind.

Canadians still can’t access Hulu, Amazon Prime Video or Pandora without workarounds. Traffic updates on Toyota’s Entune navigation system don’t work up here, and if we want to enjoy a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles or eat an Almond Joy bar, we have to cross the border and smuggle some back. And why no Chick-fil-A or Waffle House up here?

Of course there are a few things we have that Americans don’t.

Kraft Dinner, Coffee Crisp, Smarties, Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Kraft Peanut Butter are only available in the Great White North. And CraveTV and shomi do a good job filling the void of Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. And while people like to complain about our version of Netflix, we do have content on it Americans don’t get.

Of course there are many reasons for all of this. Different tastes and markets, cost of importing products, deals with service providers, etc. But in this digital day and age it’s hard to avoid hearing about all the cool things we’re missing out on and not get slightly jealous. And I really want to play with the Amazon Echo, dammit!

Are there things not available in Canada that you wish were? Share your thoughts in the comments below or at facebook.com/bamcatBuzz.

Win a 1-year subscription to Netflix Canada

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With so many great announcements from Netflix recently (Fuller HousePee-wee’s Big Holiday), Netflix Canada have offered up a 1-year standard subscription for me to giveaway to one lucky reader! That’s a $119.88 value!

This contest is open to all residents of Canada (18+), excluding Quebec. Enter the contest by clicking here. Contest closes 12 a.m. on Feb. 15. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email or Twitter.

Check out trailers for some upcoming Netflix shows and let us know what you’re excited to watch on Netflix Canada in the comments below or on the bamcatBuzz Facebook page.

Fuller House

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday

LOVE

Disclosure: Netflix Canada supplied the prize for this contest only. Opinions on Netflix shows and services are my own.