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After 46 years on PBS, Sesame Street is moving to HBO

08.13.2015

After almost fifty years of being broadcast on public television, iconic children's television program Sesame Street will be moving to premium cable network HBO. Before you start applauding that the show no longer needs to abide by language or sexual censorship, HBO plans to retain the same high bar of excellence Sesame Street has always held while expanding the brand even more.

Deadline reports that the deal moves Sesame Street to HBO for the next five years with new episodes able to be broadcast on PBS for free after a 9 month window. Upon premiering, new episodes of the series will be available on HBO, and HBO NOW, giving the giant more fodder to convince people to subscribe.

Here are more details about the deal.

In addition to the next five seasons of Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop will produce a Sesame Street Muppet spinoff series, as well as develop a new original educational series for children. HBO has also licensed over 150 library episodes of Sesame Street. HBO will be the exclusive, first-run subscription television distribution partner for Sesame Street and the new series. HBO will have the right to air all series in both English and Spanish. All new series will also be made available to PBS and its member stations after the first window. Episodes of Sesame Street will continue to be made available, uninterrupted, as part of the PBS KIDS service on PBS member stations.

HBO used to have several original series for children like Fraggle Rock but has switched in recent years to more adult fare. It is unknown if Sesame Street will stay with HBO beyond the five year agreement, but the financial backing the premium network has could definitely expand projects from Sesame Workshop and Jim Henson Productions that have been unable to garner public funding.

Source: Deadline

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4:42PM on 08/14/2015

Why the hate

Why are people down on this? Sesame Street and PBS have struggled for financing, there's a chance Sesame Street would have gone off the air. HBO comes in and foots the bill and after 9 months of exclusivity lets PBS air it for FREE. Sounds like a win-win for everyone.
Why are people down on this? Sesame Street and PBS have struggled for financing, there's a chance Sesame Street would have gone off the air. HBO comes in and foots the bill and after 9 months of exclusivity lets PBS air it for FREE. Sounds like a win-win for everyone.
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9:40PM on 08/13/2015
Well if you ever needed a better example of corporate greed, you couldn't do better than this. Lets take a show that is supposed to be for the betterment of our children, and move it to a place that children do not have access to unless they are at least upper middle class. Hell those poor kids can't buy our tickle me Elmo's anyway so fuck them.
Well if you ever needed a better example of corporate greed, you couldn't do better than this. Lets take a show that is supposed to be for the betterment of our children, and move it to a place that children do not have access to unless they are at least upper middle class. Hell those poor kids can't buy our tickle me Elmo's anyway so fuck them.
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9:33PM on 08/13/2015

Weird

Because every child subscribes to HBO.
Because every child subscribes to HBO.
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9:10PM on 08/13/2015
I'm not smart enough to know what "after the first window" means, but if they still show it on PBS I'm good with it, otherwise, terrible
I'm not smart enough to know what "after the first window" means, but if they still show it on PBS I'm good with it, otherwise, terrible
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6:15PM on 08/13/2015

Hey HBO

Can we get a late night version too. I would kill for at 10 eps of this. But on a more serious note they should tackle more adult subjects for the future of children talk about sex, and all, tell them twerking, and pop music is not good for them.
Can we get a late night version too. I would kill for at 10 eps of this. But on a more serious note they should tackle more adult subjects for the future of children talk about sex, and all, tell them twerking, and pop music is not good for them.
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5:18PM on 08/13/2015
Granted, I don't know how much kids are still watching Sesame Street. But considering it's been going this long on Public Television, why? And of all places, why HBO? Is PBS that desperate for funding that they're auctioning off their own flagship children's program??
Granted, I don't know how much kids are still watching Sesame Street. But considering it's been going this long on Public Television, why? And of all places, why HBO? Is PBS that desperate for funding that they're auctioning off their own flagship children's program??
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5:12PM on 08/13/2015
It will retain the same high bar of excellence Sesame Street has always held... but now it's only for the rich kids.
It will retain the same high bar of excellence Sesame Street has always held... but now it's only for the rich kids.
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4:47PM on 08/13/2015
So now kids will have to pay to see sesame street? I guess we now know that G stands for greedy
So now kids will have to pay to see sesame street? I guess we now know that G stands for greedy
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4:20PM on 08/13/2015
Does this mean there will be swearing? F is for fu....
Does this mean there will be swearing? F is for fu....
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4:11PM on 08/13/2015
What.
What.
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