Hulu, YouTube, iTunes Add Sesame Street11 Nov, 2008 By: Staff Reports
To celebrate its 39th years of broadcasting on PBS, “Sesame Street” programming is now available on the Web at Hulu, YouTube and iTunes.
Fans, educators and children can now download full episodes from season 35 and onward for $1.99 each. Apple’s iTunes store also offers programming such as “Talk, Listen, Connect” and “Happy Healthy Ready for School,” which features “Sesame Street’s” Elmo.
Google’s YouTube will start a “Sesame Street” channel with more than 100 clips from the show. Hulu, an online video venture between News Corp. and NBC, will feature 100 “Sesame Street” segments as well as celebrity actor guests such as Julia Roberts and Laurence Fishburne.
Now, as before, “Sesame Street’s” audience is composed mostly of young children, though there are adults who enjoy the nostalgia value the show provides, Fitzpatrick said.
However, fans won’t be able to buy old, complete episodes online, because Sesame Workshop and DVD distributor Genius Products do not want to gut DVD sales of the first 10 seasons of the show, which are available on disc, he said.