HBO Max is having a bad day after removing nearly 200 older episodes of the beloved children’s show “Sesame Street” from its streaming service. According to Variety, the platform now has 456 episodes of the classic series, down from an estimated 650 episodes previously.
The change comes after HBO Max announced earlier this week that it would remove 36 titles from its lineup in order to prepare for its merger with Discovery Plus into a single streaming platform.
“As we work toward bringing our content catalogs together under one platform,” the statement said, “we will be making changes to the content offering available on both HBO Max and discovery+.” “Some content will be removed from both platforms as a result of this.”
The teen drama “Generation,” the “Sesame Street” spinoff “The Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo,” and the animated series “Aquaman: King of Atlantis” are among the shows set to leave HBO Max. Last month, the streaming service announced that all eight “Harry Potter” films would be removed. Other shows, such as the comedy “Mrs. Fletcher” and the rock-and-roll drama “Vinyl,” were canceled without warning.
HBO Max did not explain why the TV shows and films would be removed from the service, but the decision will save the company money that would have gone toward paying residuals.
“Sesame Street is and has always been an important part of television culture, as well as the crown jewel of our preschool offering,” an HBO Max representative stated. “We are committed to bringing Sesame Street into the homes of families, including the new season premiering this fall and the nearly 400 episodes of the most recent and historic seasons that remain on Cartoonito on HBO Max.”