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Netflix Adds a 'Mystery Box' to Kids Profiles to Surface New Shows

The idea is that the sparkly rectangle may entice kids to watch something different than CoComelon on infinite loop.

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Netflix is adding a "mystery box" feature for kids profiles on TVs, with the aim of surfacing new titles to young viewers -- an audience prone to repeat-watching the same programs over and over. 

Netflix's "mystery box" feature for kids reveals a recommendation for a new title to watch. 


The feature adds a sparkly rectangle in the middle of the Favorites Row at the top of the home page on a kids profile. Hovering over the "mystery box" will reveal a new title, Netflix said. 

Netflix, whose 221 million members make it the world's dominant subscription streaming service, has in recent years been investing to amp up its appeal for its youngest viewers. The latest move comes at a time when streaming video has never been more popular -- and the competition around it never more fierce. In the last two years, media giants and tech heavyweights have launched their own rivals to Netflix, with services like Apple TV PlusDisney PlusHBO Max and Peacock rolling out. 

These so-called streaming wars also affect how many services you must use -- and pay for -- to watch your favorite shows and movies online.

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