If you don’t own the DVD or digital version of It’s The The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown then you’ll have to get an Apple TV+ subscription to watch in 2020. It won’t be airing on a traditional TV network.
In a deal unexpectedly announced last week, AppleTV+ revealed that it has acquired the streaming rights to at least three of the classic Peanuts holiday specials, including Great Pumpkin. It’s still not entirely clear whether the streaming rights to these specials are exclusive to Apple indefinitely, but all signs point to that being the case.It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown isn’t airing on broadcast TV. It’s on AppleTV+. – Vox
If you don’t have a subscription to AppleTV+, then they are offering a brief free trial from October 30 – Nov 1 so you can subscribe and check it out.
Live TV is dying, no doubt, but hopefully not the tradition of airing holiday specials for free to the masses. Pay streaming channels like AppleTV+ should continue to use these holiday specials as free teasers for their services vs. a reason to subscribe.
Miracle on 34th Street is a tradition in our home. We have the digital version, so won’t have to worry about which streaming channel will be showing it (Disney+, I believe).
Our advice? Buy the family classics either on physical disc (most safe) or digitally (less safe, but more convenient) so you can watch them every year without having to worry who has the streaming rights. But if you do want to search for movies or TV shows, we recommend using JustWatch.com as your “where to find a movie or TV show” search engine. Yes, it’s better than Google and way better than Amazon which seems to want to have you buy something when there are no results.