Sprout was co-founded by Comcast, PBS, SESAME Workshop, & HIT Entertainment. When Comcast acquired a controlling stake in NBCUniversal in 2011, its stake in Sprout went under the NBCUniversal umbrella. When HIT Entertainment's then-parent company, Apax Partners, sold HIT to Mattel in 2012, Apax retained its stake in Sprout. SESAME Workshopdivested its stake in December 2012, followed by P BS & Apax in November 2013, leaving NBCUniversal with 100% control of the network.
Currently, Sprout is available on many major cable networks, as well as DirectTV, but is not available on Dish Network at this time. PBS Kids, as it was then known, replaced the PBS Kids network that was previously available.
Selected episodes from Season 30 to Season 35, Season 37 & Season 39 to Season 42 of SESAME STREET have aired on the network. Episodes of Plaza SÉSAMO were also offered in their on-demand service. The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland has also played on the channel. The Hoobs also began airing on December 25th, 2006. The network kicked off the US debut of the show with the Happy Hooby Holidays marathon & continued to air the show daily at 2pm EST.
On September 26, 2007, the network began airing Play With Me SESAME twice during the weekdays, SESAME Workshop’s Panwapa began airing on the station in January 2008, & Pajanimals debuted on the channel on November 2nd, 2008, airing each night in the programming block The Good Night Show.
The SUNNY Side Up Show has featured live appearances of BIG BIRD (2007) Prairie Dawn (2008) OSCAR THE GROUCH (2008, 2014, 2015). Grover (2008) Super Grover (2008, 2009) Elmo (2009, 2010, 2011), Abby Cadabby (2012).
On December 23 & 24, 2011, Elmo hosted "Elmo’s Movie Merry-Thon", a marathon of Christmas movies & specials, including Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays. It was followed by Snooze-a-Thon, from 6pm on Christmas Eve through 6am Christmas Day , featuring sleep-related clips from shows including SESAME STREET.
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