Netflix offers fake New Year's countdown to fool kids

The streaming-video service Netflix has a solution for parents who struggle with getting children to bed early on New Year's Eve.

Neflix is offering a 'fake countdown' streaming video that will let parents start the countdown at any time on Dec. 31. But they won't want to start too early: The video lasts only three minutes.

Netflix describes the video as "high-energy, music-filled" and it stars King Julien of the Madagascar animated films and the animated TV series All Hail King Julien.

"Move over, Ryan Seacrest," King Julien said in the statement released by Netflix. "I was totally bummed when I heard that some of my favorite little party people aren't allowed to stay up until midnight for the biggest party of the year."

The video service says it funded a study by Wakefield Research showing that 34% of parents have staged an early New Year's Eve in order to encourage their kids to go to bed earlier.

Here is the trailer: