Where are Rudolph and Frosty? Classic Christmas Specials Blocked on Streaming Services
Every year, families look forward to being able to watch the 1964 stop-motion classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the 1969 animated special “Frosty the Snowman.” And every year, users of Live TV Streaming Services like Hulu Live TV and fuboTV encounter a nasty message when they try to watch: “This Program Is Unavailable For Streaming On The Internet”
Trying to watch Frosty the Snowman on a local channel here. Wth is this?? It’s my favorite Christmas show! pic.twitter.com/M42lUp6FoU— JUSTJEN (@jlf0404) November 26, 2022
What’s going on?
While they have the broadcast rights, CBS doesn’t have the rights to stream Rudolph or Frosty online, even though cable or antenna viewers would be able to see the special without trouble.
That jolly, happy soul is back! Don’t miss Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns TONIGHT starting at 8/7c on CBS! ☃️— CBS (@CBS) November 25, 2022
(Unfortunately, Frosty the Snowman is unavailable to stream) pic.twitter.com/Gie7BDe18m
The only channel with streaming rights for these specials is Freeform, so if you do add Rudolph or Frosty to your DVR, you should be able to watch once they’re broadcast on Freeform. Rudolph first airs Saturday, December 3 at 9:15p/8:15c. Frosty airs the same day at 10:20p/9:20c. You can watch with a free trial of DIRECTV STREAM.
Freeform has wall-to-wall Christmas classics beyond those two favorites. You’ll also see “The Santa Clause,” “Home Alone,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Scrooged.”
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‘Rudolph’ Airtimes on Freeform
- Saturday, December 3 at 9:15p/8:15c
- Sunday, December 4 at 5:35p/4:35c
- Wednesday, December 21 at 9p/8c
- Thursday, December 22 at 8p/7c
- Saturday, December 24 at 5:45p/4:45c
- Sunday, December 25 at 11a/10c
‘Frosty’ Airtimes on Freeform
- Saturday, December 3 at 10:20p/9:20c
- Sunday, December 4 at 5:05p/4:05c
- Wednesday, December 21 at 8:30p/7:30c
- Thursday, December 22 at 7:30p/6:30c
- Saturday, December 24 at 6:50p/5:50c
- Sunday, December 25 at 10:30a/9:30c
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.