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HBO Max Removed 200 Episodes of ‘Sesame Street’

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It’s a bit shocking to think of what happens at a massacre in the context of Sesame Street, but that’s exactly what’s going on on the streaming platform right now. The platform has removed about 200 old episodes of the classic preschooler show reports.

All episodes from season 39-52 are still available, along with a selection from the first, fifth and seventh seasons. There are 456 Sesame Street episodes on HBO Max now, but it offered about 650 episodes not too long ago. HBO has struck an exclusive deal to air new episodes of the show before they air on PBS. HBO Max is going to be the place to catch new ones Sesame Street episodes until at least 2025, but good luck finding old episodes out there.

The platform tore the Sesame Street episodes in the same week, including 20 original series (such as animation programs). While it’s common for titles to go in and out of streaming services, it’s rare for exclusive offers to disappear. That is increasingly becoming a subject at HBO Max.

The parent company Warner Bros. Discovery said it removed those shows before HBO Max merged 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+. That includes removing some content from both platforms,” ​​it said.

Since the merger of WarnerMedia and Discovery earlier this year, Warner Bros. Discovery working on a brutal cost reduction. It’s dozens of HBO and HBO Max production employees this week. The company recently DELETED some other HBO Max original movies and shows — including an American pickle, HBO show vinyl and the 2020 remake of the witches — allegedly to on them.

It also canceled HBO Max exclusive movies batgirl and Scoob!: Holiday Ghost, which were almost ready. Reports it did this to claim tax write-offs on the projects.

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