While Warner Bros. holds (held?) the license for physical media distribution, Lee Mendelson Films holds the copyright for all animated Peanuts televised productions from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in 1965 through "He's a Bully, Charlie Brown" in 2006. When none of the networks agreed to finance "A Charlie Brown Christmas", it was Lee Mendelson who convinced Coca-Cola to pay for it. His production company has been reaping the rewards ever since.The Set I have indicates the Distributor as Warner Brothers which made me wonder why HBO Max didnt have the rights ..But thats a Moot point now
But apparently the Schulz estate inserted a provision into the deal with AppleTV+ requiring the streaming service to make the three specials that have aired like clockwork ever year on broadcast television -- "Great Pumpkin", "Thanksgiving", and "Christmas" -- available for free without an AppleTV+ subscription or even an Apple account in three-day windows each year.
For 2020, the free streaming windows will be:
- "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown": October 30 through November 1
- "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving": November 25 through November 27
- "A Charlie Brown Christmas": December 11 to December 13