December 18, 2018

New Peanuts video content coming to Apple's streaming service

According to reports from the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, DHX Media - the current owners of the Peanuts franchise - have struck a deal with Apple to produce "new series, specials and shorts" based on the Peanuts characters for Apple's yet-to-launch streaming service.

Details are scarce so far, but one component will be videos that focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content featuring Snoopy as an astronaut.

(Peanuts Worldwide and NASA announced plans earlier this year to collaborate on creating educational content with Astronaut Snoopy.)

Apple's streaming service - a planned competitor for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu - won't launch until sometime in 2019 (some reports say "first half," and some reports say "last half" of 2019). So no information about how it will be available or how much it will cost have been revealed yet, or whether the Peanuts videos will be ready and part of the service when it launches or added later on.

Stay tuned!

(And don't forget that the very first Peanuts special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, will air again on Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 from 8 - 9 PM Eastern/Pacific on ABC.)