Changing Channels: ‘Sesame Street’ Gets a New TV Home

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NEW YORK -- PBS has been a big target for some politicians for years.

Remember this?

"I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS," Mitt Romney said during his 2012 Presidential campaign. "I'm gonna stop other things. I like PBS. I like Big Bird."

Well, Romney did not win that battle, but it looks like Big Bird wasn't winning it, either. That's because government support for public television keeps getting cut and support from "Viewers Like You" wasn't enough to keep Sesame Street churning out new shows.

So, Big Bird and Bert & Ernie are taking Sesame Street to a new neighborhood. Yep, they're moving from free TV to pay TV. Starting this fall, new episodes of Sesame Street will appear first on HBO.

And all those older shows you've been watching on Amazon and Netflix? They're going away, but you'll find them on demand on HBO Now.

Teaming up with HBO for five years will give Sesame Street a financial boost.

If you're not interested in paying, there's still a little good news. Sesame Street isn't leaving free public television entirely. Nine months after episodes are on HBO, they'll be repeated on PBS.