It is a great day for PBS fans, as they can pay later this year via YouTube TV to stream a live, online feed from PBS. The news was announced today during the Summer Press Tour of the Television Critics Association (TCA).
Although you can already stream episodes of some PBS shows on the channel's website or via a PBS Video app, some of them liveHas YouTube TV live access to the entire channel, including all 330 PBS member stations that choose to participate, including PBS Kids channels. The channels are also accessible through the VOD and YouTube DVR's unlimited DVR storage service and will be available later this year. For $ 49.99 a month, the service offers live TV from more than 70 networks.
PBS has been working on expanding the number of viewers through digital partnerships, starting with the Amazon Prime Channel PBS Living, which was launched earlier in March. The $ 2.99 / month channel offers individual episodes of shows such as Antique Roadshow and This old house. With this new YouTube TV partnership, PBS can reach viewers who have left the traditional cable for the exaggerated TV service.
"Our goal is to reach as many Americans as possible with content that educates, inspires and entertains," said PBS chief digital and marketing officer Ira Rubenstein. "As a broadcaster rooted in communities, we appreciate YouTube's commitment to local content and we are pleased that this service gives the public access to programming produced and distributed by our affiliated stations."