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Where’s Rudolph? Classic Christmas Special Blocked on Streaming Services

Ben Bowman

Every year, families look forward to being able to watch the 1964 stop-motion classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” But users on Live TV Streaming Services like YouTube TV found themselves unable to enjoy the tradition when CBS aired the special Monday night. If you tried to watch, you’d get the message: “This Program Is Unavailable For Streaming On The Internet”

What’s going on? While they have the broadcast rights, CBS doesn’t have the rights to stream Rudolph online, even though cable or antenna viewers would be able to see the special without trouble.

The only channel with streaming rights is Freeform (which acquired them last year), so if you do add Rudolph to your DVR, you’ll be able to watch it once it’s broadcast on Freeform. It is first supposed to run on Freeform on Dec. 4 at 7:45 p.m. You can watch with a free 7-day trial of Hulu Live TV.

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‘Rudolph’ Airtimes on Freeform

  • Saturday, December 4 at 7:45 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, December 5 at 5:35 p.m. ET
  • Sunday, December 19 at 6:45 p.m. ET
  • Monday, December 20 at 5:15 p.m. ET
  • Friday, December 24 at 9 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, December 25 at 5:40 p.m. ET

Rudolph mit der roten Nase

1964 M12 6

Rentier Rudolph hat bei seinen Artgenossen einen schweren Stand, weil er eine knallrote Nase hat. Schließlich macht sich der arme Rudolph auf den Weg in eine bessere Welt. Begleitet wird er von anderen Kreaturen, die in ihren Gemeinschaften Außenseiter sind. Als sie schließlich einen Ort finden, an dem es von Ausgestoßenen wimmelt, entwickelt Rudolph den Willen, seine Situation und die der Anderen zu verbessern. Denn in Rudolph steckt mehr, als man auf den ersten Blick sieht. Auch Außenseiter haben besondere Fähigkeiten.

Finding your favorite Christmas classic can be a headache as these movies switch from streaming service to streaming service. To find your online viewing options, just type your favorite title into the search box above or see The Streamable’s Guide to Streaming the Best Christmas Movies of All Time.

If you’re looking for your best streaming options across specific platforms, we have some suggestions as well.