Apple TV+'s 'Frog and Toad' not viewable in the U.S.

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The Apple TV+ animated series "Frog and Toad" is unavailable in the United States, only a few months after the show premiered on the streaming service.

'Frog and Toad' [Apple TV+]
'Frog and Toad' [Apple TV+]



Apple released "Frog and Toad," an animated kids series based on the award-winning Arnold Lobel book series on April 28. However by August, the show is no longer available to watch via Apple TV+ itself in the United States.

Attempts to view the show via the Apple TV+ app results in a "Content Unavailable" stating "This content is no longer available." It also does not appear in search results on Apple's service.

It is unclear why it is unavailable to view, but it seems to be a region-specific issue. In the UK, the show appears and functions fine, with no limitations.

The oddity came to light via Greg Iwinski, an Emmy-winning writer for late-night shows. Iwinski highlights the possibility that the show has been "pulled from the service," and may have done so in a similar vein to some other streaming services as a "tax write-off."

While that maybe a possibility, it seems unlikely that Apple would single this animated show for exclusion. It appears to be the only show affected in this particular manner, and delisting content just in the United States while leaving it viewable elsewhere seems unusual for write-off purposes.

Outside of a back-end problem affecting the show's listing or regional availability, there doesn't appear to be any real confirmation that it was purposefully pulled by Apple. The Apple TV+ press site still lists the show, along with the various press releases and images for it.

AppleInsider has attempted to contact Apple about the missing content.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,971member
    It was also made into a charming Broadway musical some years ago. Has a terrific theme that we need more, not less of on TV for kids and adults. 
    edited August 2023 Alex1Nwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 11
    chasmchasm Posts: 3,342member
    lmasanti said:
    Could the WGA's strike has something to do with this situation?
    Could be, but shows that were completed before the strikes by the WGA and later SAG-AFTRA are allowed to be broadcast, which is why we’re still seeing new episodes of TV shows and also movies being released.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Interesting. I am in NY and able to view it just fine. 
    edited August 2023 FileMakerFellerwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    chasm said:
    lmasanti said:
    Could the WGA's strike has something to do with this situation?
    Could be, but shows that were completed before the strikes by the WGA and later SAG-AFTRA are allowed to be broadcast, which is why we’re still seeing new episodes of TV shows and also movies being released.
    No. Most likely, a technical issue. Second most likely a fight over right to broadcast. Realize that IP's can have complicated trials of ownership. And they can be divided out between counties.
    FileMakerFellerchasmwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 11
    Works fine for me in Texas
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 11
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 3,598member
    AppleInsider often covers services that are US only, without mentioning anywhere in the article that the given service is within the US only. I'm kinda happy that the shoe is on the other foot now. Maybe this will cause AI writers to remember to mention border limitations for some Apple Services in future articles.
    elijahgAlex1Nwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 11
    tapetape Posts: 47member
    It's working fine for me (in Massachusetts)
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Can view it in Colorado…
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 11
    Must've been a temporary issue. Plays fine in the US (on East Coast, using a VPN saying I'm in New Jersey).
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Alex1NAlex1N Posts: 137member
    Plays fine here in Aus.
    watto_cobra
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