Sesame Workshop has reportedly cut a deal with HBO to produce 35 new "Sesame Street" episodes a year, "up from the 18 it now produces" with PBS. It's enough to make one wonder why exactly, we need a taxpayer subsidized public television network at all, if free-market capitalism can do pretty much the same thing nearly twice as productively. Maybe in the days of limited broadcast spectrum there was a reason for it, but in the era of thousands of cable channels and streaming video on the internet, it's more difficult to see the reasoning. Maybe I am missing something.
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