HBO Max is becoming more ruthless with its latest content reduction. Sure, it hurt when the streamer cut hours of animated content and scripted shows, but now theyre coming for the kids and pulling a lot of Sesame Streetfrom their libraries. According to Variety, the show is removing about 200 episodes, from 650 episodes to just 456.
According to the outlet, HBO Max now includes episodes from previous seasons including Seasons 1, 5, and 7, as well as recent episodes from Season 39-52. A significant chunk of early Sesame Streetcontent has disappeared from the service, withVariety revealing that Seasons 2-4, plus Seasons 8-35 appear to be no longer available.
When Decider reached out to HBO Max's reps, they did not immediately respond.
Although the sale ofSesame Street is shocking, it did not come complete without warning, HBO Max was a bit sneaky about it. When first announcing the 37 titles that would be leaving this week, the streamer concealed in the fact that they would remove selectSesame Streetspecials from their library.
Still, entire seasons of Sesame Street do not count as specials, so HBO Max is underselling how dramatic their content reduction will be. And select specials are still available to stream on HBO Max as of today (August 19).
HBO Max is doing a lot of cleaning up ahead of their acquisition of discovery+, which will take place next year. In a press release, the company pointed out that the titles that would be cut earlier this week would be brought together under one platform. We will make changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and discovery+. That will include the removal of some content from both platforms.
At the same time, they were already beginning to link our content catalogs together, such as the launch of the new CNN Originals Hub on discovery+ and a curated collection of Magnolia Network content coming soon to HBO Max.