PBS programs now available on Apple’s iTunes Store

PBS today announced the launch of PBS content on the iTunes Store, making it possible for users to now purchase and download documentary specials and episodes from popular PBS primetime and children’s programming. Episodes are priced from $1.99 each and immediately available for the following shows: Primetime Programming: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW; NOVA; NOW; and SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS and PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! shows such as: ARTHUR; CYBERCHASE; and FETCH!.

PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in the press release, “Working with our member stations and producers, PBS is excited to deliver a variety of PBS’ award-winning primetime and kids’ television programs through iTunes. The remarkable success of PBS podcasts on iTunes over the past year indicates that PBS members and viewers of all ages are enjoying the new, expanded access to the content they want, when and where they choose.”

“The success of TV on iTunes continues and we now offer over 220 hit TV shows from more than 40 networks,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the press release. “We are thrilled to partner with PBS to bring such educational and entertaining programming to iTunes Store customers.”

Additional content attached to episodes will underscore the unique role consumers can play to ensure the continued creation and multi-platform delivery of PBS content by becoming a member of their local PBS station.

The iTunes Store has quickly become the world’s most popular video download store, selling over one million videos per week. The iTunes Store began selling TV shows with five shows from ABC/Disney less than a year ago, in October 2005, and rapidly expanded its library to over 220 television shows from over 40 networks today. The iTunes Store now features over 3.5 million songs, 65,000 podcasts, 20,000 audiobooks, over 5,000 music videos, more than 75 feature films and 220 television shows.

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 354 public noncommercial television stations and reaches almost 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is a leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of other educational services. PBS’ premier kids’ TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online, continue to be parents’ and teachers’ most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.

See PBS programs via Apple’s iTunes+iTunes Store here.

35 Comments

  1. What were you watching? Highbrow content like WWF?

    PBS viewers have a demographic much like that of the traditional Mac user. More educated, more affluent, less likely to be a NeoCon…

    Go back to your diet of Faux Newz Channel, MTV & USA.

  2. The future of the Internet is up for grabs. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) effectively eliminated net neutrality rules, which ensured that every content creator on the Internet-from big-time media concerns to backroom bloggers-had equal opportunity to make their voice heard. Now, large and powerful corporations are lobbying Washington to turn the World Wide Web into what critics call a “toll road,” threatening the equitability that has come to define global democracy’s newest forum. Yet the public knows little about what’s happening behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.

    http://www.pbs.org/moyers/moyersonamerica/net/index.html

  3. And they are not commercial free . . .

    “Additional content attached to episodes will underscore the unique role consumers can play to ensure the continued creation and multi-platform delivery of PBS content by becoming a member of their local PBS station.”

    I think this means they all have ads for PBS attached to them.

  4. They are not commercials, they are “ENHANCED UNDERWRITING”

    Although it is the same exact video, commercials are not allowed on PBS…

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  5. “I’ve been waiting a longtime for this (Nova). Now, just waiting for Frontline.”

    Agreed. Frontline is one of the best programs on TV.
    You can stream them from PBS website now if you aren’t afraid to put Realplayer or Windows Media Player on your system.

  6. “The iTunes Store has quickly become the world’s most popular video download store, selling over one million videos per week.”

    Hey, Apple just gave us a new data point on the relative “success” of their video store. Apple has been pretty stingy about giving us data on video sales, unlike with music where Apple seemed to announce another milestone passed every other month.

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