By: Nick Gambino
Retro is in, and for many, 90s retro is where they live. With the explosion of social media, it seems anyone who experienced even a minute of youth in the 90s is content to relive and romanticize every bit of it. I’ll admit, I’m one of them. It seems I gain more pleasure from reminiscing about the decade than I ever did living through it.
For many 90s kids, Nickelodeon was a large part of that era. Shows like All That, Doug and Hey Arnold! were a mainstay in their living rooms. Despite my nostalgia for the decade, Nickelodeon wasn’t ever something I looked on fondly. I was already into Saturday Night Live when I discovered All That at the age of 10. So the childish and basic humor was even more evident to me when comparing it to the smart, adult humor of SNL. If anything, I was more of a Nick at Nite kid.
Despite that, I know I’m the odd one out, and there are plenty of adults who have memories of hours spent in front of the TV, soaking up the channel. Luckily, now they can revisit all of their favorite 90s Nick shows. It was just announced that VRV has struck up a deal with the kid-friendly network to host and stream all the classics.
The streaming service has created a new channel called NickSplat. (Of course, that’s its name.) NickSplat will have over 300 episodes available to stream immediately. These 300 episodes are from 30 different shows including Clarissa Explains It All, All That, Kenan & Kel, Doug, AAAHH!!! Real Monsters and Rocko’s Modern Life. More will be added in the future.
Unlike other companies that are looking to create their own streaming platforms, Nickelodeon parent company Viacom has never been shy about sharing its content on other streaming platforms.
“VRV, with a sophisticated user base that loves the best in animation, is the perfect platform to launch our NickSplat channel,” Sam Cooper, Viacom Executive Vice President of Distribution and Business Development Partnerships said. “Viacom’s content – including our deep library of genre-defining television – is highly in demand, and our audiences are always looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy our programming. We’re committed to finding the best partners to bring our individual brands direct to the consumer, and this relationship with VRV is an exciting step forward in our strategy.”
What’s even hotter is the subscription will only cost you $5.99 a month. Even the 12-year-old you could afford that. If you’re currently subscribed to VRV’s premium service for $9.99 a month, you’ve already got access to the new channel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.