Streaming Services to take over Holiday Specials, starting with Charlie Brown…Good Grief!
Written by: Russell Ray – October 27th, 2020 3:11 pm pst
Credit: Apple TV
Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, which usually brings marathons of holiday specials. This year might look slightly different from others. Streaming services are set to be the top place to get holiday specials and movies.
Apple TV+ announced this week that they will hold the Peanuts holiday specials on their service. They will hold It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, but did not state in their press release if the rights will be exclusive.For the past twenty years, ABC held the rights for the largest Peanuts specials, but it’s programming does not appear to be holding this year’s halloween special through their network, according to Vulture’s report.
Netflix will be following suit to Apple TV+ with a variety of holiday specials on their streaming network. They revealed a list of holiday movies, TV series, and specials that will run this fall/winter season. In the list is named “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two,” “Holidate,” “The Princess Switch: Switched Again” and many more. The movies and television shows are set to be released over several weeks starting October 28 through December 3rd.
Amazon prime will stream many of Christmas’ holiday classics. Amazon recently released a suggested watch list via instagram starting with “Hereditary,” ‘Black Box,” and “Pet Sematary” making the list. Some of the Christmas titles the service will hold include are, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “A Christmas Carol in color,” “The Miracle on 34th Street,” and many new era classics that will be available for Prime members.
According to the NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration) more than 70 percent of households have some type of streaming service subscription. This means easier access to holiday movies. Many viewers get into the holiday spirit early and often holiday specials don’t start until close to the Thanksgiving holiday. With viewership ratings being up since the start of the pandemic, many families seem to be kicking off the holidays sooner since access to their favorite movies are accessible through Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
It seems that the old way of waiting for local television or cable to start their holiday movie specials is heading out and more creators and viewers are heading to streaming to fulfill their holiday needs.
Amazon has yet to release a list of new holiday movies, but I’m sure viewers are on the lookout for when the list drops.
For a full list of specials head over to your favorite streaming website to see what they have lined up this holiday season.
About The Author:
Russell Ray is an outgoing high energy multimedia journalist/ producer, Actor, writer and AfterBuzz TV host. Russell has accreditations with TMZ and The NAACP Image Awards with a passion to bring you breaking news, entertainment segments and interviews.
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