Naturally, viewers have been sounding off on social media. There are those who say Sesame Workshop is selling out for big money with HBO. Others say this is the beginning of the end for PBS programming as other shows are sure to make similar deals. And there are those who are concerned that the children for whom the show was initially designed will ultimately lose out.
Sesame Workshop reportedly lost $11 million last year, according to the article, so this was clearly a business decision. As in, Sesame Street would not longer be in business if they hadn’t made this particular decision. Viewers who take the long view tend to agree with Sesame Workshop’s choice.