How do you get to Sesame Street? Get HBO

hbo inks five year deal with sesame street bert and ernie
Those pondering the age-old question, “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street” will need to learn the show’s new address: HBO. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit which produces the long-running educational program that raised so many of us on Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, and the whole gang, has struck a five-season deal with HBO that gives the premium network first-run rights.

Under the new terms, each new season will be made available first across all HBO channels, including the network’s streaming services HBO Go, and HBO Now. The new seasons will then be made available to PBS stations after a nine-month window. New episodes are expected to air on HBO as early as late fall 2015, and the network has also licensed 150 episodes from Sesame Street’s library.

“Our new partnership with HBO represents a true winning public-private partnership model,” said Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s CEO in a press release. “It provides Sesame Workshop with the critical funding it needs to be able to continue production of Sesame Street and secure its nonprofit mission of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder …”

Though older episodes will continue to air on PBS, the deal ends an exclusive relationship for new episodes between the network and the classic educational program of 45 years. Sesame Workshop says the new agreement will allow the studio to produce twice as much content — up from 18 shows per season to 35 — and to grant PBS stations the rights to older episodes free of charge.

Along with the additional episodes, HBO’s bankroll will allow Sesame Workshop to produce a Sesame Street Muppet spinoff show, and to create a new, as yet undisclosed educational program. HBO will get the first-run rights to all series in Spanish and English, after which the shows will make their way to PBS.

As the New York Times reports, the deal comes at a time when Sesame Street has been struggling to find funding in the streaming age. PBS only accounts for about 10 percent of Sesame Street’s financing, according to the report, and the show has had to cut back production in recent years, as licensing revenue from DVD sales and streaming services hasn’t been enough to keep the show at full production.

This new infusion of cash will allow for new opportunities for Sesame Workshop, while giving HBO a leg up in the lucrative market of children’s programming over streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, which will no longer be able to license the content.

“Over the past decade, both the way in which children are consuming video and the economics of the children’s television production business have changed dramatically,” said Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Street. “In order to fund our nonprofit mission with a sustainable business model, Sesame Workshop must recognize these changes and adapt to the times.”

Home Theater

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ season 2 gets a new, Spock-heavy trailer

CBS has released a new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery season 2, which premieres January 17 on CBS All Access. The new trailer features series newcomers Spock and Christopher Pike prominently.

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.

Sign up for Verizon Fios Triple Play and get a free Amazon Echo, Prime for a year

Verizon is now offering its Fios Gigabit Connection Custom TV and Phone service with Amazon Prime tossed in. While valid, you can sign up for the company’s Triple Play package, which includes all three Fios services, for $80 per month.

Google Fit app finally gets a widget, among other new features

Google Fit hasn't received any new features since its redesign. This week, the company is rolling some new tools; users will be able to add a widget to their Android home screen, adjust the intensity of their workouts, and more.
Home Theater

Common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Home Theater

Anker’s micro projectors get an equally small price in time for the holidays

Looking for a great deal on a tiny video projector? Anker has some tiny prices on three of their smallest devices. With features like Android 7.1 and designs as small as a can of soda, these projectors make the perfect travel companions.
Product Review

Step aside, Sonos: Riva's Concert is the best smart speaker you can buy

The Riva Concert series speaker is a fantastic, small-profile smart speaker with Alexa integration, truly excellent sound, and great looks, making it the perfect addition to your kitchen, living room, or bedroom.

Spotify is the best streaming service, but its competitors aren’t far behind

It can be hard to decide which music streaming service is for you, so we've picked out the individual strengths of the most popular services, aiming to make your decision a little easier.
Home Theater

From soundbars to headphones, here are the best last-minute audio deals

Whether you're looking for a great new pair of headphones or a fantastic new soundbar to bolster the sound of your brand-new television, these are the best audio deals to be found this holiday season.
Home Theater

Radiohead, The Cure, and more to join Rock Hall of Fame. Listen to their hits

Radiohead, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, and more have been selected to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. Here are our favorite songs from the four artists' hit-filled careers.

LG’s most affordable OLED TVs now come with $170 to $260 in gift cards

Trusted electronics retailer ABT is offering LG's most affordable OLED TV, the B8 series with $170 and $260 gift cards for the 55- and 65-inch models, respectively. While the OLED TVs don't often go on sale gift cards like this are…
Home Theater

Google Chromecast returns to Amazon just in time for the holiday shopping crunch

It's been a chilly few years between Google and Amazon, but things may be improving. You can now buy two versions of Google's Chromecast on Amazon, something that hasn't be possible since 2015.
Home Theater

Phiaton’s active lifestyle headphones do noise canceling on a budget

Looking for a set of active noise-canceling earbuds that can keep up with your active lifestyle, without breaking the bank? Phiaton's new Curve BT 120 NC could be just the ticket.
Home Theater

5 sonic stocking stuffers to improve your loved ones’ listening life

Looking for some simple and affordable gifts to get the music nerd in your family? Here are five great gift ideas that will improve their listening life -- and won't cost you an arm and a leg to give them.