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Netflix wants to help you ditch your kids on New Year’s Eve

Published Dec 31st, 2015 4:45PM EST
Netflix New Years Eve Fake Countdown

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It’s New Year’s Eve, the one day of the year when your kids want to stay up late so they can count down to the New Year and watch the ball drop. Naturally, that might get in the way of your plans for the night, so you might be interested in doing what many parents have done before you: lie to you beloved children and get them to bed early without having them even realize it.

Lucky for you, Netflix is here to help with a brilliant trick it has prepared for New Year’s Eve.

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The popular streaming service has brought back a series of programs that pretend to count down to 2016, Fortune reports. And you can play them anytime you want. Just make sure it’s already night when you do it. Also, this trick only works if your children are very young and can’t really tell time.

So why does Netflix do all this? The company conducted a survey with SurveyMonkey from December 4th to December 15th, asking parents about their New Year’s Eve habits. The results found that almost half of the 9,000 respondents (from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia) hold a fake countdown for their kids by around 9:00 p.m.

It’s up to you to test the plan now, but whether it works or not, you at least have some believable props to trick your kid to go to sleep – see the countdown below.

This isn’t Netflix’s only trick for children. An earlier BGR post tells you how to fool your kids into going to sleep every night with the help of special Netflix content.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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