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October 21, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Since 1965, Peanuts holiday specials have aired on broadcast TV, but 2020 brings exclusivity on Apple TV+

Peanuts holiday specials are now exclusive to Apple TV+
Charles Schulz's beloved Peanuts holiday TV specials are exclusively behind Apple's paywall offering brief free viewings.
As the dumpster fire that is 2020 burns onward, more casualties fan the flames of this awful year of deadly pandemics, celebrity passings, and orange power-mongers. Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang has aired on broadcast TV during the holidays since 1965, but an exclusive deal puts them behind Apple's paywall, Apple TV+.

While these beloved shows will be given limited free airings, it necessitates the Apple TV+ service to watch. This feels like a large company scooping up nostalgia and trying to sell it back to me. No thank you.

I have all the Peanut's specials on DVD, but it's traditional to watch the originals on network TV complete with commercial interruptions. We all watched them as a family. Technology marches forward professing the benefits of streaming media, but so much content is being silo'd by the myriad of streaming services that have popped up. Every month Netflix subscribers lament the loss of timeless classics each month to make room for more stuff.

I don't throw away DVDs when I buy new ones. It's part of my collection. How can corporate giants not build libraries of media in a similar fashion? It's what they professed to do at the outset, but so many great TV shows and movies are cast away - or not profitable enough.

Technology and time change everything. While change is a good thing, some changes are harder to tollerate than others. 2020 has been an awful year.

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