HBO Max Removes 200 ‘Sesame Street’ Episodes


Bought with the letters GONE: The content purge at HBO Max continues as the streaming platform picked up about 200 older episodes of the classic kids show “Sesame Street.”

The removal of the Sesame Street episodes and other recent content by HBO Max appears to be part of new owner Warner Bros.’s citing measures. Discovery, aimed at reducing payment obligations for streaming content.

As of Friday, HBO Max has listed a total of 456 episodes of “Sesame Street,” featuring a selection from seasons 1, 5, and 7 and the full lineup from most recent seasons 39-52. Of those, only 29 are from the earliest seasons. Previously, the streaming service offered a total of approximately 650 episodes of Sesame Street, including episodes from seasons 2-4, seasons 6, and those from any season between 8 and 35.

Representatives of Warner Bros. Discovery and Sesame Workshop did not respond to requests for comment.

HBO and Sesame Workshop first struck a deal in 2015, providing a new revenue stream for “Sesame Street,” while HBO granted rights to run new episodes of the landmark series before appearing on the old house, PBS. Their current agreement will keep “Sesame Street” on HBO Max until 2025.

Still available on HBO Max for now, in addition to the remaining episodes of the “Sesame Street” series, are the 10-episode “Sesame Street Mecha Builders”, seven seasons of “My Sesame Street Friends” and “The Magical Wand Chase” special featuring Elmo and Abby .

The removal of the Sesame Street episodes comes after HBO Max said on Wednesday that at least 36 more titles will be retired this week. That includes 20 original HBO Max shows, including teen drama “Generation”, animated anthology series “Infinity Train” and children’s show “Summer Camp Island”, as well as several “Sesame Street” specials. That’s in addition to previously announced titles coming out of HBO Max this month, including all eight original “Harry Potter” films.

Warner Bros. Discovery said the decision to pull the titles from HBO Max was related to the platform’s pending combination with Discovery+. “As we work to bring our content catalogs together under one platform, we will be making changes to the content offerings available on both HBO Max and Discovery+,” the company said in a statement. “That includes removing some content from both platforms.”

In recent weeks, HBO Max has also quietly removed six Warner Bros. movies and HBO shows, such as “Camping,” “Vinyl,” “Mrs. Fletcher’ and ‘Run’. Led by Warner Bros. Discovery also recently killed HBO Max Greg Berlanti’s DC series “Strange Adventures” and a “Wonder Twins” live-action movie.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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