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Has ‘Sesame Street’ been canceled?

No. “Sesame Street” has not been canceled, but a 2015 deal production company Sesame Workshop signed with HBO does mean the show has undergone some key changes:

  • First, new episodes of the show are only available on HBO for the first nine months after release.
  • PBS stations then get access to the episodes and air them based on their local schedule — so, while the episodes have already been available on HBO on “first run” basis, they are new episodes to PBS.
  • Each PBS station determines its own schedule, including whether or not to air a program or not, so the time and availability of “Sesame Street” may vary, but the show is still in active production under the terms of the HBO agreement.
  • Stations may also air the “new” episodes of the show mixed in with repeats.
  • It’s also worth noting that beginning in 2015, new episodes were reduced from 60 minutes to 30 minutes.
  • In addition, “Sesame Street” was removed from Amazon Prime and Netflix streaming services, with HBO now holding the exclusive streaming rights to both old and new episodes.