Thursday, however, brought good news for those who still want to be able to switch on TV broadcasts like they used to and watch Snoopy serve up jelly beans and toast as they have for decades. Apple and PBS announced that they have teamed up to offer ad-free broadcasts of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on both PBS and the PBS Kids website on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. local time / 6:30 p.m. Central. A Charlie Brown Christmas will air in those same spots on December 13 at 7:30 pm local / 6:30 pm Central.
Over to Apple TV Plus, just like, the Thanksgiving and Christmas specials will all run for free for a few days, Apple said. While no dedicated Apple equipment or subscription is required, viewers must have a decent internet connection, be tech-savvy enough to look up the specials through a browser or app during their short period of free availability, and have a device that can access them. show. Even in 2020, those terms won’t apply to everyone – and before PBS’s broadcast offering was announced, some fans were unhappy.
“I live in the country and have a pretty crappy internet service,” wrote a Twitter user in October. “I do have DirecTV, but no streaming apps. I’ve been a fan of the Peanuts holiday shows for years. I watched them as a kid and with my kids, but the tradition died for my grandkids. So sad. Apple. ”
When should you watch the show?
Do you have Apple TV Plus?
can start watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on November 18 on that streaming service as part of their paid plan.
Don’t have an Apple TV Plus?
Anyone who can access regular PBS on TV broadcasts can watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. PT for free. The show will also be available online at the time on the PBS Kids Live TV website.
If you don’t subscribe to Apple TV Plus and you miss the PBS show on November 22, you have to wait until November 25, then you can watch it for free until November 27. (Thanksgiving is November 26 this year.)
Watch on Apple TV Plus
You can watch in your browser or in the Apple TV app. Go to to view in your browser. Otherwise, download it and view the screen of your choice, including iPhone, Amazon Fire, Roku and more. Again, it’s only free during that short period from November 25th to November 27th.
Or thank you for DVDs
If viewing in your browser or in the app isn’t for you, there is another solution: buy the DVD or Blu-ray version. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is sold on its own (and available in many other places as well) or as part of The Peanuts Holiday Collection ( , again, also sold elsewhere). Then you have the special – or all the holiday specials – as long as your DVD player lasts.
Next up: the Christmas special
After Thanksgiving, the next Peanuts holiday special is the OG of the bunch: A Charlie Brown Christmas from 1965. It’s available to Apple TV Plus subscribers from December 4, but non-subscribers can only watch it for free from December 11 to December 13.
But again, PBS and PBS Kids Online come to the rescue! A Charlie Brown Christmas will be broadcast on TV through PBS and online through PBS Kids on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Even after the holidays, Apple TV Plus will remain the home for new Peanuts shows, including the second season of the, plus new specials that mark Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Years Eve, and back to school.
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Originally published Nov. 13.
Update, November 18: Adds that both Thanksgiving and Christmas specials are broadcast without ads on PBS and PBS Kids.