Sesame Street, a show created for public access television to help kids from low-income families learn to read and write, is being put being a paywall which will prevent the kids who most need it from accessing it.
The past 50 seasons are also included in that so they can't be streamed anywhere else.

Fuck capitalism.

Pirate Sesame Street.

@wolfie @FuchsiaShock

I fully admit to watching DangerMouse on CBBC as a grown adult (also as you don't have to sign in) but even public service broadcasting is at risk, eg I can no longer watch the stream of Die Sendung mit der Maus from Germany as *one* contributor won't agree to streaming outside DE so the entire show is often geoblocked by WDR (its made of segments from a number of different rights holders)

@vfrmedia @wolfie @FuchsiaShock ironically sesame street was banned in the UK until relatively recently.

well, that’s what the wikipedia article says anyhow. citing objections to its educational philosophy.

@zensaiyuki @vfrmedia @wolfie I grew up watching it, in fact Mum credited it with my early talent for reading (she didn't know about me actually just being an aspie), so it definitely wasn't banned here back in the day.

@FuchsiaShock @vfrmedia @wolfie the wikipedia arricle:

so, apparently it was on channel 4 in fhe 1980s but as of 2001 , only in northern ireland


@zensaiyuki @FuchsiaShock @wolfie

I've seen it on ITV when I was a young lad in the late 1970s, even before Channel 4 existed. individual regions of ITV had much more autonomy and could then decide whether or not to show it.

AFAIK the main objections were simply that UK kids would be confused by "zee" in the alphabet and other elements of American English (the programme was otherwise good).

@zensaiyuki @FuchsiaShock @wolfie

Consider also that ITV UK was producing the Muppet Show by 1976 (as the USA broadcasters didn't want to fund it) - so many of the same Muppets were already familiar to Brits.

This ties in with it being around 1977/1978 that I remember Sesame Street being on telly. By then UK kids already watched imported USA telly anyway, so knew about language and cultural differences (and parents and teachers actively discouraged us from "speaking American")

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