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'Sesame Street' divided: HBO move emphasizes kids' economic status, writer says




Temporary sign renaming of the corner of 31st Street and Eighth Avenue to
Temporary sign renaming of the corner of 31st Street and Eighth Avenue to "Sesame Street" February 4, 2010 outside Madison Square Garden in New York. The theater production of Sesame Street Live runs from February 4-15 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
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For those trying to get to "Sesame Street" for the next five seasons, you're going to have to be an HBO subscriber. 

Last week, Time Warner announced a plan to bring Big Bird and his crew to the same network known for adult fare like "Game of Thrones" and "True Detective." 

Episodes will air first on HBO and then will be available for free on PBS nine months later -- which raises serious concerns for Alyssa Rosenberg, who blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post.

"This feels like a public good to us," said Rosenberg. "It's something that you're supposed to have access to ... So I think it's unnerving to us that, this show, which we feel emotionally as if it's some sort of public service, is going behind a private paywall, and that poor children -- children whose parents or schools don't have cable -- will get the episodes later than children from wealthier families. It injects a sense that the system is tiered into a show that has always been about equity, and community, and common good."

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