HBO Max pulls hundreds of 'Sesame Street' episodes in latest cull

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The contented cull astatine HBO Max (NASDAQ:WBD) continues - and this clip it's coming for Big Bird and Elmo.

HBO Max has removed astir 200 older episodes of classical children's tv amusement Sesame Street, the latest contented removal that comes arsenic the recently combined ownership astatine Warner Bros. Discovery looks to sharply curtail costs.

Of 456 full episodes of Sesame Street disposable Friday (down from a erstwhile 650), only 29 are from the earliest seasons, and the streaming work lists a enactment from seasons 1, 5 and 7 on with implicit programs for seasons 39-52, Variety notes.

HBO and amusement shaper Sesame Workshop reached a concern woody successful summertime 2015 that gave HBO occurrence premier rights for shows that would later migrate to their accepted location of PBS.

That woody (which keeps the amusement connected HBO Max until 2025) fto Sesame Street determination from a shortage cognition to 1 that could astir treble accumulation to 35 episodes per year.

Warner Bros. Discovery banal (WBD) was a affirmative outlier successful a down marketplace for Communications stocks Friday, up 2.8%.

With the WarnerMedia/Discovery merger having settled successful for a fewer months, the cost-cutting moves person been adding up astatine Warner Bros. Discovery of late: About 70 jobs were recently chopped astatine HBO Max, and CNN said it was canceling its 30-year-old Reliable Sources program.

And the latest removals astatine HBO Max see nearly 36 titles this week, and 20 archetypal HBO Max shows.

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