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The Verge: HBO Max quietly pulls 200 episodes of 'Sesame Street' to save money, angering parents and fans

Here’s some news that’s sure to make the “Crumbling Oscars” whine even more.

According to Variety and other media reports, HBO Max is launching around 200 “Sesame Street” episodes. The decision could be part of a wave of cost-cutting by streaming platforms, or, as Variety noted, it “appears to be part of new owner Warner Bros. Discovery WBD, +4.09% belt-tightening initiative to reduce payment obligations for streaming content.”

Until recently, HBO Max has offered about 650 episodes of the popular The PBS children’s show series has been running for over 50 years and features many beloved characters like Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, and, of course, the whining Oscar. But Variety said there were only 456 episodes available to watch as of Friday.

And a little Oscar the Grouch walking around on HBO Max.

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HBO officials did not immediately respond to MarketWatch’s request for comment.

But many fans were frustrated with the disappearing episodes, which led to “Sesame Street” going viral on TWTR, +0.30% There were over 10,000 tweets on Friday afternoon. “You have to be a special kind of evil to get rid of all Sesame Street episodes,” one tweet said.

This isn’t the only cost-cutting move HBO Max has taken recently. Streaming services are also reducing workforces, according to the Wall Street Journal. According to Variety, it’s removing other shows from its lineup.

Still, August was a big month for HBO Max. The service will stream the highly anticipated “House of the Dragon,” a prequel to “Game of Thrones,” starting Sunday.



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