Published Online: August 18, 2015
Published in Print: August 19, 2015, as Episodes of 'Sesame Street' Will Now Air First on HBO

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Episodes of 'Sesame Street' Will Now Air First on HBO

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In a historic move binding TV's most iconic children's series with one of culture's most significant arbiters, "Sesame Street" is going to HBO this fall, as part of a five-year agreement that will keep first-run episodes of the series away from public television for nine months.

HBO said the program will be able to produce almost twice as much new content, and for the first time, will make the show free to PBS and its member stations after nine months. More than any other series, "Sesame Street" has symbolized public TV and the Public Broadcasting Service over its 40 years on the air.

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