Sesame Street, a show created for public access television to help kids from low-income families learn to read and write, is being put being a paywall which will prevent the kids who most need it from accessing it.
The past 50 seasons are also included in that so they can't be streamed anywhere else.

Fuck capitalism.

Pirate Sesame Street.

@wolfie @FuchsiaShock

I fully admit to watching DangerMouse on CBBC as a grown adult (also as you don't have to sign in) but even public service broadcasting is at risk, eg I can no longer watch the stream of Die Sendung mit der Maus from Germany as *one* contributor won't agree to streaming outside DE so the entire show is often geoblocked by WDR (its made of segments from a number of different rights holders)

@vfrmedia @wolfie @FuchsiaShock ironically sesame street was banned in the UK until relatively recently.

well, that’s what the wikipedia article says anyhow. citing objections to its educational philosophy.

@zensaiyuki @vfrmedia @wolfie I grew up watching it, in fact Mum credited it with my early talent for reading (she didn't know about me actually just being an aspie), so it definitely wasn't banned here back in the day.

@FuchsiaShock @vfrmedia @wolfie the wikipedia arricle:

so, apparently it was on channel 4 in fhe 1980s but as of 2001 , only in northern ireland

@zensaiyuki @FuchsiaShock @wolfie

I've seen it on ITV when I was a young lad in the late 1970s, even before Channel 4 existed. individual regions of ITV had much more autonomy and could then decide whether or not to show it.

AFAIK the main objections were simply that UK kids would be confused by "zee" in the alphabet and other elements of American English (the programme was otherwise good).

@zensaiyuki @FuchsiaShock @wolfie

Consider also that ITV UK was producing the Muppet Show by 1976 (as the USA broadcasters didn't want to fund it) - so many of the same Muppets were already familiar to Brits.

This ties in with it being around 1977/1978 that I remember Sesame Street being on telly. By then UK kids already watched imported USA telly anyway, so knew about language and cultural differences (and parents and teachers actively discouraged us from "speaking American")

@FuchsiaShock also they're using the sesame street characters in insurance ads right now

Got word that it'll be a few months later than premiere episodes on hbo, but they'll air on PBS kids still :blobcoffeeraccoon:

@FuchsiaShock Between this and the characters shilling in ads for products that preschoolers aren't even inclined towards caring about like insurance and SUVs I can practically feel an earthquake from Jim Henson rolling in his grave.

@Retrodude @FuchsiaShock

Jim sold his creations to Disney before his passing, though. So maybe he wouldn't care that much. :/

@FuchsiaShock how can they take away something that has an infinite number of recordings already spread everywhere? What? Is this?

@FuchsiaShock I swear to God Jim Henson is violently revolving in his grave right now.

@FuchsiaShock On the flip side: Showing your kids a pirated copy of Sesame Street is a great way to teach them that piracy is fun, ethical, and cool

@FuchsiaShock @paulgatling at the dawn of the golden era of streaming, paywalls began to rise in the west. The Fellowship must strengthen their bond to one another to be steeled for the upcoming Battle Of Reasonably Free Content.

@FuchsiaShock It is worth noting that, according to the article and has been in plans for years, that the episodes will still air on PBS after a time delay.

A different source I lost said HBO has exclusive access for 9 months, but I'd true that's only a minimum.

I've not seen anything about restricting rebroadcasting, but I don't know if Sesame Street leans heavy into reruns.

Still bad, not worst, but not better.

@Mycroft @FuchsiaShock Correct. This has actually been the case since 2016 when HBO took over production. It will still air on PBS, just after an exclusivity period.


Looks like they will still air on PBS, just 9mos after HBO premieres them.

I almost got **really** fucking livid.

Now I'm just slightly livid...


@FuchsiaShock A lot of episodes appear to still be on YouTube. That's how my kids watch them.

@nebula @FuchsiaShock

I like finding the bits from my own 1970s childhood. It seems like back then they were more freewheeling, and there was more stuff slipped in to entertain grownups who might be watching with kids. Also Elmo sucked.

@xenophora @FuchsiaShock I know, and now he's a franchise with his own spin-off segment. My kids don't miss a second of Elmo's World.

@nebula @FuchsiaShock

Compared to Grover, Herry, et al he's just never seemed to have any personality at all.

@FuchsiaShock brings a whole new meaning to the Occupy Sesame Street meme.

@FuchsiaShock I wonder how big the torrent for the entirety is. That would be remarkable.

@FuchsiaShock that's pathetic. Sesame Street was how I learned to read and count!

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