HBO Max has yanked 200 episodes of ‘Sesame Street’

It’s a little jarring considering what happens in the context of a bloodbath Sesame Street, but that’s exactly what’s happening on the streaming platform right now. The platform has removed around 200 old episodes of the preschool classic, as reports.

All episodes from seasons 39-52 are still available, along with selections from seasons 1, 5 and 7. There are 456 Sesame Street episodes on HBO Max, but not so long ago it offered about 650 episodes. HBO inked an exclusive deal to air new episodes of the show before they air on PBS. HBO Max will be the place to catch new things Sesame Street Episodes through at least 2025, but good luck trying to find old episodes there.

The platform tore the Sesame Street Episodes in the same week, including 20 original series (e.g. animated programs). While it’s common for titles to come and go on streaming services, it’s rare for exclusives to disappear. That’s becoming more and more natural with HBO Max.

Parent company Warner Bros. Discovery said it discontinued those shows prior to HBO Max’s merger with Discovery+. “As we work to bring our content catalogs together on one platform, we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and Discovery+. This includes removing some content from both platforms,” it said.

Since WarnerMedia and Discovery merged earlier this year, Warner Bros. Discovery has embarked on a brutal cost-cutting streak. It was dozens of HBO and HBO Max production staff this week. The company recently removed a few other original films and shows from HBO Max — including an american pickle, HBO show vinyl and the 2020 remake of The witches – reportedly on her.

It has also canceled exclusive films from HBO Max bat girl and Scoob!: Vacation Home, who were almost done. It reportedly did so to claim tax write-offs on the projects.

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