Little fans of Sesame Street will have to watch the show on cable TV soon.
HBO has acquired licesned to 150 library episodes of “Sesame Street”, according to a New York Times report. This came after HBO and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit org responsible for creating the show, made a deal for the cable network to product the next five seasons of the popular children’s show.
In the same report, 35 Sesame Street episodes will be produced each year, a significant increase from the 18 episodes produced when PBS was still handling the show.
According to the deal report, another spinoff from the Sesame Street Muppets will also be produced plus another “educational series for children.”
So where does this leave PBS?
PBS, the home network of the show, will still be able to air the new episodes nine months after. The PBS episodes this coming fall will still feature rehashed parts from past shows, edited new.
Anne Bentley, a PBS spokeswoman, said in a statement, “Sesame Workshop’s new partnership does not change the fundamental role PBS and stations play in the lives of families.”
Reason for the new deal
Though the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, according to reports, PBS was not able to cope with the loss in DVD sales, which played a significant role in profit-generation. Children are now watching the show on-demand, and loss in TV time also took its toll on the show.
Effects on the less affluent children
There’s an outcry from the public about this popular TV show going cable TV.
Slate’s feature editor, Jessica Winter, even called the deal “depressing.” Some even commented on how PBS is now a mere memory, pertaining to the state is has achieved the past years.
“PBS is now nothing but nostalgia music programming for seniors, motivational speakers telling you how to manage your retirement money, and nature programming. Oh, and shills from the heritage Foundation sitting in on every news panel discussion,” says a commenter on Winter’s article.
But is it a loss for the children whose parents don’t have cable subscription for many varied reasons? Some think not. The children will still be able to view the show, though on on Amazon and Netflix, but still on free TV, albeit, nine months later.