The leader of the Parents Television Council says HBO is holding underprivileged families hostage by moving “Sesame Street” to its streaming platform.
Reacting to HBO's announcement that the beloved children's program will now be on HBO Max, Parents Television Council president Tim Winter says it’s sad that timely first-run episodes of Sesame Street will be moved to a service that requires subscription fees.
"We think it's very unfortunate,” he says of PTC. “We understand that Sesame Street wants to make more money so they can produce more content -- we get that -- but what they're doing basically is taking away the single-most important educational entertainment franchise in the history of television and making it less available for children."
Winter suspects HBO is using Sesame Street as a hook for parents to subscribe to what he calls a “raunchy” cable network that is known for its sexually explicit content.
“You're basically putting a playground next to a peep show,” he tells OneNewsNow.
Winter suggests HBO and HBO Max should offer content like Sesame Street at a reduced rate or maybe even for free.