For 45 years, just about any American with a television set could enjoy the educational lessons and adorable antics of the lovable characters on Sesame Street free of charge on the Public Broadcasting Service. While PBS will continue to air the show, Elmo aficionados who want the newest episodes ASAP will have to fork over a pretty penny.
That's because starting this fall, Sesame Street will be brought to you by the letters, H, B and O. New episodes will run first on the premium cable channel. Nine months after the initial exclusive airing, PBS will get to show them.
According to a press release from the Sesame Workshop, the HBO partnership will allow the nonprofit organization behind the show to create even more entertainment for kids. The deal will nearly double the amount of Sesame Street episodes produced and pave the way for both a Muppet spinoff series and brand-new educational programs for kids.
Until the new episodes come to PBS, the network will air half-hour-long Sesame Streets that debuted last fall, says Current.org. While we're sad only those who can afford premium cable channels will get to see the new episodes right away, we're very much looking forward to checking out the new programs this agreement will spur.