Thursday, April 23, 2009

PBS Launches Web Video Channel

PBS has launched an online video channel featuring thousands of full-length episodes of its top TV series, complete seasons of current shows, and archives of its classic series. Among the offerings: American Masters, Antiques Road Show, Masterpiece Theater, Nature and Nova.

While some PBS series (e.g. Frontline) had been previously available online, they were scattered throughout the site; now they're all conveniently under one enormous roof.

According to MediaWeek, "PBS plans to create programming packages for the site featuring compilations of episodes from various shows that touch upon a common theme, starting with this week’s environment-centric package, which is being launched to coincide with Earth Day. That collection includes snippets from Frontline, Nova and Nature, along with the classic Jean Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures."

Here's the most exciting news:

PBS is also planning to roll out original Web series at some point down the road, according to Jason Seiken, PBS senior vp of Interactive.

Currently, PBS is offering a full-length "Web exclusive preview" of "Time Team America," a new science/reality series (debuting July 8) that sends archaeologists on a race against time to excavate historic sites around the nation.

Looks like we were prescient in creating our "Got an Hour?" channel on KobreGuide, which already includes excellent PBS programs.

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