November 30, 2023

Netflix’s newest try at live-streamed programming, following one-off experiments like Chris Rock’s Selective Outrage standup particular earlier this 12 months, finds the streaming big making an attempt one thing utterly totally different. In Child Animal Cam, there are not any actors or writers. It’s not even a “present,” actually, in that completely nothing occurs over the course of two hours — aside from, nicely, you the Netflix viewer getting to have a look at dwell footage of cute child animals, streamed to your Netflix app as soon as every week from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The streamer appears to have quietly launched Child Animal Cam a couple of month in the past. “Quietly,” I believe, in order that Netflix can crack open the door just a bit extra on dwell programming, with out worrying a couple of flood of customers overwhelming its capability. Child Gorilla Cam truly launched first, giving viewers the prospect to observe a troop of gorillas on the Cleveland zoo bond with a brand new child female and male addition to their troop. Child Animal Cam, in the meantime, introduces all kinds of different sorts of lovely critters — like orangutans, the star of a current episode that noticed one among them take eternally to nosh on a leaf.

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Head to this Netflix hyperlink on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 1 pm Central Time to observe the following scheduled Child Animal Cam dwell stream, which is able to run for a few hours (and can simply form of abruptly finish, prepared or not, each time they resolve to chop the stream off). “Keep watch over the day by day routines, quirky habits, and comfy habitats of a number of child animals at Cleveland Metroparks,” the Netflix abstract reads about this occasion.

There’s one thing that feels form of novel about this entire thought, calling to thoughts the joy from again within the early days of the Web if you’d open dwell webcam footage of one thing like a road scene in Tokyo or a lovely ocean view from someplace on the planet. That’s to say, there’s clearly nothing new or notably groundbreaking about Netflix’s Child Animal Cam, however it’s intriguing to see the streamer persevering with to easily attempt new issues — from video video games to dwell streams that faucet into our neverending want to fawn over cute animals.