No question both Apple’s iTunes and Android’s Google Play offers a boatload of online media content. But if you’re in the market for a device, and the choice comes down to which streaming and download service will provide the best kid-friendly entertainment options at a price point you can stomach, then give our streaming kids movie guide a gander. As a side note, if your child is interested in watching films on YouTube, take a look at our article on how to setup parental controls on YouTube.
- Kid-friendly titles available:
Between iTunes and Google Play, iTunes certainly has the larger catalog of kid-friendly video offerings. Of course, both libraries have kid-friendly video titles numbering in the many thousands, likely far more than your child could ever possibly enjoy before they graduated from the under-18 age bracket!
Both for iTunes and Google Play, pricing is on par. Movies range from $7.99 for purchase (the less popular titles) all the way up to $13.99 - $14.99 for more popular titles in standard definition, and $17.99-$19.99 in high-definition. For rentals, shoppers can rent a less popular title for $2.99 in standard definition and $3.99 in high-definition. Again, the more popular the kid-friendly title is the higher the price tag, with popular flicks costing $3.99 to rent in standard definition and $4.99 in HD. And those recent releases? Factor in an extra buck into the price tag.
- Playback Options:
Playback options differ between iTunes and Google Play stores. While both stores provide 30-days for customers to begin watching a movie they rented, iTunes only allows for 24-hours to watch the film while Google Play allows for 48-hours to watch the film. For both kids and parents, this difference may be crucial.
- Parental controls:
Within iTunes, parents can restrict what their kids watch based on age. To do this, parents can filter using the MPAA ratings option within the library. Similarly, Google Play gives parents the flexibility to easily filter titles based on maturity level.
One thing to keep in mind in this kids movie guide to these top two online media stores is that if your child has a direct link to a video, then the parental controls set in the library may not apply. While the underage-viewer will not be able to download the video (via the direct link), they will be able to preview the listing within the store. For parents who would rather not have their child be exposed to age-inappropriate content, including titles, movie posters, and descriptions — then we recommend a more sophisticated and easy-to-use parental control software, such as Familoop Safeguard.
With Familoop Safeguard, parents and guardians can be certain that their child will not be exposed to adult and often confusing content. Once you set up Familoop Safeguard on your child’s device (including PC, iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, or smartphone), your child will not be able to download any apps — including downloadable media, such as movies, that are age-inappropriate. As well, unlike the media streaming and download stores in this kids movie guide, parents only need to set restrictions for their child once – which will automatically take effect across all of the child’s devices, saving a tremendous amount of time.
We call our parental control software Familoop “Safeguard” for a reason — try a 10-day free trial and discover why the name fits.