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HBO partnership means educational ‘Sesame Street’ app will soon be free
Now more people will be able to access the educational content on their phones.
While some people were excited about Sesame Street being properly funded, others criticized the move, because it would mean that low-income families (for whom Sesame Street was created) would now be paywalled and would have to wait nine months for new episodes to air on PBS.
But an upcoming tweak to the official Sesame Street app might level the playing field.
The Sesame Street Go app offers educational content, clips, games, and music videos for kids to watch and play. It’s free to download, but people have to pay either $3.99 a month or $29.99 a year for access to the content. It wasn’t a necessity, but it was a great addition for parents who wanted to give their children a hands-on tool to help them learn.
Thanks to the partnership, the app will no longer be paywalled.
Current Sesame Street Go subscribers recently received an email from the app informing them that as of Dec. 15, 2015, access to Sesame Street Go will now be free—and those who are in the middle of their subscriptions will receive a refund by Jan. 21, 2016.
By now you’ve probably heard the exciting news that Sesame Workshop is partnering with HBO. This means that HBO will be the premiere destination for all of Sesame Street’s first-run episodes, as well as other Sesame Workshop shows such as Pinky Dinky Doo, The Electric Company, and Classic Sesame Street episodes. PBS will continue to broadcast Sesame Street episodes. New episodes will air on PBS nine months after they debut on HBO.
Our partnership with HBO provides us with the funding needed to continue production of Sesame Street as well as produce additional original content for kids, including more new episodes each season, a new Sesame Street spinoff series, and an all-new educational series.
This partnership means that Sesame Street Go will be FREE beginning December 15, 2015, with a lot of fun, educational content including Elmo’s World, Cookie’s Crumby Pictures, Super Grover 2.0, music videos, short clips, games, and more! The existing subscription service will no longer be available as of December 15, 2015.
We’ve reached out to HBO for clarification and will update when we hear back.
Although making the app free can’t completely replace the episodes that children and families will have to wait nine months to see, at least the app—and all of its educational resources—will be available to more people than ever before.
Photo via Sesame Street/Facebook
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.