Fans of the classic “Peanut” comic-strip are expressing displeasure at the fact that the quintessential animated hollyspace based on the series has moved to the Apple TV + streaming service rather than airing on Network TV.
The beloved Holiday special, featuring “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, will be available onstage with new specials in development, Apple TV + announced Monday. Classic Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will still be available for free during the small windows around the holidays.
Charles M. Schultz’s “Peanut” special has aired on broadcast television since 1960, with ABC having rights since around 2000. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple bought the rights in 2018.
The popularity of beloved characters – such as Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty – has largely restricted generations due to the annual special.
But despite limited free access to the content, many fans stepped onto social media and shared their disinterest for the move, with some noting that many families do not have access to streaming. Others felt that the move ended a beloved, shared American tradition.
“The point of their being on network TV is a country coming together and watching at the same time. This is being taken from us, ” A twitter user wrote. “The peanut specialty is one of the most unique things that brings America together.”
As the coronovirus epidemic has precipitated daily life, with millions of people worldwide working and learning at home, people have noted the digital divide for low-income households. Many low-income families have limited access to high-quality Internet or laptops for each member of the household.
An Apple TV + subscription is priced at $ 4.99 per month, although many have received a free annual trial through Apple purchases since the platform launched last year. An application to play programs on a subscription service typically requires either an Apple device, a smart television, or a streaming device that plugs into the television, such as Roku.
Apple did not immediately respond to Wednesday’s request for comment from NBC News.