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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 the Red-Nosed Reindeer

December 6, 1964

Sam the snowman tells us the story of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being ousted from the reindeer games because of his glowing nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudoph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa’s sleigh is fogged in. But when Santa looks over Rudolph, he gets a very bright idea…

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