AppleTV has acquired the rights to the Charlie Brown holiday specials, preventing them from airing on cable TV for free.
In a move that has received backlash, AppleTV announced on Monday that it has acquired the exclusive rights to the Peanuts cartoon.
As a result, this is the first year that A Charlie Brown Christmas won’t air on broadcast TV since 1965. Americans have watched It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown since 1966 and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving since 1973. But no more.
AppleTV said that the holiday specials will be available for non-subscribers to watch for free on select days:
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is available to stream on Apple TV Plus today for subscribers. It will be available for free from October 30 until November 1.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will be available for subscribers on November 18 and watchable for free from November 25-27.
A Charlie Brown Christmas will be able to be steamed starting December 4 and can be watched for free December 11-13.
This wasn’t enough for many Peanuts fans, however. Some were upset at this apparent act of corporate greed, while others were frustrated that their family traditions were interfered with.
It just might be time to buy the collection for yourself. You can buy all three on one DVD from Target, or just keep an eye out as the holidays get closer. The collection often hits the shelves during the holiday season.