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A Muppet always pays his debts – Sesame Street finds new home behind paywall

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, announced a programming deal that will send Sesame Street from its longtime publicly-subsidized home on PBS to the corporate Time Warner-owned home of Westeros on HBO. The move may have surprised viewers, but for those who know the volatile content market, shifting to the premium network is a shrewd strategy driven by the realities of the television market.

HBO takes over 'Sesame Street,' looks to compete with Netflix for increasingly influential kids audience

Signaling the importance of kiddie audiences in direct-to-consumer subscription programing models, HBO has formed a unique partnership with PBS, taking first-run rights to the iconic series Sesame Street and fully backing the show's production.

HBO's Plepler: Less than 1% of HBO pay-TV subs have bolted for streaming service

HBO CEO Richard Plepler dismissed concerns that the company's new direct-to-consumer streaming service, HBO Now, is cannibalizing its core pay-TV product.

HBO Now launch costs exceed network's $21M revenue rise in Q2

Time Warner-owned premium network HBO saw its second-quarter revenues grow to almost $1.44 billion, up 1 percent, or $21 million, from $1.42 billion a year previously, thanks to increased subscriptions. But the cost of launching its new standalone OTT service, HBO Now, exceeded that revenue gain.

Starz CEO Albrecht cool on direct-to-consumer OTT plans

After declaring a stand-alone, OTT version of his premium cable service as a "tide that has to turn" last October, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told investors today he hasn't decided when the company will actually launch a direct-to-consumer product.

Verizon Wireless customers to get HBO Now access; HBO content coming to OTT video service

Verizon Wireless said that its subscribers will be able to access HBO Now, the offering from the premium TV network that lets customers access its content without a TV subscription. Verizon also said that HBO content, though not necessarily HBO Now, will be part of its over-the-the-top mobile video service, which is continuing to get fleshed out.

HBO Now rolls to Verizon broadband customers with 30-day free trial as HBO signs on to Verizon mobile OTT service

HBO's standalone over-the-top SVOD service, HBO Now, continues to expand beyond its initial Apple TV boundaries. The provider announced that Verizon broadband customers, including both FiOS and high-speed Internet customers, now can sign up for the service. HBO Now is also giving new customers from Verizon a free 30-day trial.

Verizon latest to market HBO Now sans pay-TV subscription

Verizon has joined Cablevision as the second pay-TV operator to offer HBO Now without requiring a pay-TV service.

Arris report says U.S. OTT users declined 2% over the last year

Despite a flurry of new streaming video choices, the number of U.S. and Canadian consumers who identify themselves as regular users of over-the-top content actually declined 2 percent over the last year, according to Arris' latest  Consumer Entertainment Index  report.

Fast-growing HBO Now expands beyond Apple, launches on Android, Amazon, Chromecast devices

HBO Now has finally expanded beyond the Apple device universe, with the platform launching apps for Android mobile devices and Amazon Fire tablets.