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Free HBO Preview: Friday February 19-Monday February 22

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    If you have satellite or cable, many television providers will be offering a free weekend of HBO from Friday February 19 to Monday February 22. It's a great way to watch some Sesame Street episodes on HBO along with other Sesame Workshop shows like The Electric Company and Pinky Dinky Doo.

    The HBO preview weekend will be available on DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon FIOS, AT&T U-verse and many others.

    If you'll be watching HBO's Free Preview, please like this post and share your thoughts below.
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  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    So what does this mean? Does this mean for a weekend, HBO will be free? So will they deduct that from the bill or something? Seems like there's always issues with the billing anyway.
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    If you are already a subscriber there will be no difference. If you have satellite or cable but don't have HBO, you'll likely get HBO for free from Friday through Monday if your provider is participating in the free preview weekend. The premium channels like HBO have free preview weekends several times a year in order to attract new subscribers.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Oh, okay, I wasn't clear on that, which is why I was asking.
  5. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I honestly don't know if I have this if I will bother. I'm pretty committed to CN running new episodes of The Tom and Jerry Show and frankly, this season of SS hasn't really wowed me. I'm not going to say it's the worst season yet, but it's definitely the season that's on my Murtaugh list. As in "I'm too old for this [stuff...'he said stuff']. It's slid back into a more juvenile, pre-preschool series, and I'm not loving how the show's using the half hour format. Smart Cookies has been so far the only really good thing about the series. Orange is the new Snack as well, but overall, the street stories are rushed, letter and number content have been all but tossed out, and the reintroduction of Elmo's World just...not a fan. Only good change I can think of? No More of the same 26 Abby's Flying School episodes over and over.
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  6. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    I have to disagree with you on that one, Tooth. I think SS has really improved since they moved to HBO. Heck, that's kind of the main reason I've been upset about not having any kind of means of watching the new shows. In recent years how often have we seen a Grover/Fat Blue street scene. Over the past few seasons it's been the Abby/Elmo/Telly/Baby Bear show so if the show had moved a few years back it wouldn't have made too much of a difference for me. But now with more focus on the classic characters, (Ex: Big Bird, Oscar, Grover, Bert and Ernie.) this season seems to show a lot of promise. I'm going to check on that now and see if I'm getting HBO on my TV.

    Update. No HBO for me so far. I don't know if you need to call the cable provider or what the deal is with that. So anyway, I guess I'm back to square one, which was another good show that was on PBS. *sigh*
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  7. Pig's Laundry

    Pig's Laundry Well-Known Member

    I totally agree with you on all those points. This season is definitely not for me,which i'm okay with and I think Sesame Street may actually become more popular with preschoolers due to the changes. But I think i'm officially done watching the show on a regular basis. Those reasons and the fact that they got rid of the entire human cast besides Chris and Alan and added a character who I don't really like. Only having three cast members for the entire season kind of makes the street scenes kind of boring.
  8. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    To be perfectly, perfectly fair, my problem is that they really don't have a handle on the half hour version of the show just yet. They did try that format for over a year or so (almost 2?), but they were using rerun footage made for the hour long broadcast, so they were just editing things they already had. Trying to write the main show around these edits has been tricky. I'm actually very resilient towards changes. The show's not for me, and hasn't been in some time, or at least until someone somehow could tolerate me enough to somehow have a family or something with me or trust me to babysit their kids. I'd have to say some of the changes I actually like. Getting rid of Word on the Street/of the Day, the new design of the street, the focus on more Muppet characters. Toning the Pop Culture-ness of the show down a little was a solid move. Even condensing the show in theory I agree with. Some were already there, but not enforced (relating every segment to the subject matter). But then there's things like reducing the letter and number "sponsors" to just one repetitive song, sometimes tying in the letter to a long(er) form film about something that starts with the letter that's related to the episode's subject. And, yet, keeping an edited Elmo segment at the end of the show because it would confuse the 4 and 5 year olds that absolutely need Elmo because routine.

    And yes, I've liked some of the street stories so far, even though the pacing isn't there. I LOVED Grover's Safari, and think that's the highlight of the season so far (as far as street stories go). Grover and Cookie were on the uptick in popularity since season 35 at least.

    I wouldn't say this season is the worst, or bad even so far. It has potential, but this season seems to be a trial and error situation for the show. We can hope that Season 47 is snappier, makes better choices with its time frame. But so far, the little things are a put off. I can forgive the 9 month timeframe before PBS gets it, though I think 6 would have been plenty. Trying to cram too much into a 26 minute (less if you don't count the opening and closing) slot and slashing something from the curriculum that was vital since the beginning as a result and still airing 2 long form segments an episode (upwards of 16 minutes of those 26)... that's where my beef is. They had to make it a half hour and they needed HBO to sponsor, which I can support. I just hope that season 47 can co-ordinate better with HBO and the half hour frame.

    Frankly, I always say "this is the last season I'm bothering with" and watch the next season anyway. For well well longer than I admit I should. Probably because it's the only regular thing with the Muppets, maybe because I always wanted to do a kid's show on some level or another and I'm like a former High School athlete watching sports and arm chair quarterbacking it, maybe I just sort of need that affirmation that comes from something from my childhood. I'd say I'm part Junkion and watch a crapload of TV a day. But whatever the reason, I still watch it, even though I've been like "this is the last season" since I was 12. It's not that age gives me a burning desire to give it up. I appreciate the craft of the puppetry and putting on a show of that caliber the older I get.

    Still, if this manages to keep that preschool audience, I'm very happy for it. I'd never wish to see this show end and get replaced with something inferior or at least lacking that long term impact. While I'm happy that the content of 8-12 year old demo cartoon series is on the uptick since 2005's dark times, it really seems that networks really only care about preschoolers. That's a goldmine because parents buy those toys and videos and aps for the kids without them having to ask. I mean, Cartoon Network has started to run that atrocious Baby Looney Tunes series for 2 hour long blocks a day and an additional one on Boomerang (and believe me, I'm going to rant about it elsewhere). Disney and Nick seem to have a new preschool series on a bimonthly basis (of course, in Disney's case, they're actually good). Preschool programming isn't special anymore, not like in 1969. Sesame Street has weathered Purple Dinosaurs and Obnoxious girls pretending to be interactive. The only way they can weather the Preschool Programming glut is to get cable money and cut their run time, and I'm okay with that.
  9. Daffyfan4ever

    Daffyfan4ever Well-Known Member

    Yeah. I see what you mean. The season has it's ups and downs. Yes, it would be great if they would have kept the hour format and did what they did in the old days, having a multi-part street story with classic SS sketches in between. So far we're not getting that. But like I said, more focus on classic characters is a step towards improvement. I guess we just need to give it time to improve. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day.
  10. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I've always said the problem isn't that Sesame Street should be an hour or a half hour. It should be 45 minutes, but even on cable that's an unwieldy size for a TV show. They have too much footage for a half hour (or rather 25 minutes) and not enough footage for a full hour. That's why Abby's School segments were on 2 years past them running out of episodes. It is a learning curve, and season 47 should have ironed out most of the kinks, anyway.

    Still, it feels clumsy and crowded and they totally don't need to end every episode with an Elmo segment.
  11. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    I didn't see this thread until now. In fact, recently I was wondering if other premium channels besides The Disney Channel did free weeks/weekends. I don't ever remember coming across any of them when changing the channel and finding that I could watch them. But maybe I cared more about The Disney Channel than the others.

    Speaking of edits and such, I wonder if all of the Elmo's World's have been re-edited, or if it's just the ones planned to be broadcast in the near-future. I also wonder if there'll be new episodes of Elmo: The Musical!, or if we'll just be getting shortened versions from now on.
  12. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    HBO usually has the occasional weekend preview. Funnier still, I had this one preview last months before the cable company realized it and shut it off. Which, frankly is okay since I don't really watch much on that network when I have it.

    There's supposedly an unaired ETM coming up. If it was made for this season or a hold out from a previous one, I don't quite know yet. The EWs seem to be up to the producers that want to keep the show in, and relevant to the main episode's content. I don't know if they all have alternate, edited versions to go just in case or they edit them one by one according to what the episode subjects are for the season.

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