- PBS signs first live TV deal with YouTube TV.
- Some 330 PBS member stations will be joining YouTube TV.
YouTube TV will soon become the first live TV platform to feature PBS among the channels it offers subscribers.
The public broadcasting network announced that they have secured a carriage deal for its member stations on YouTube TV, marking the first such deal between PBS and a streaming platform.
According to this agreement, YouTube TV will live stream all 330 PBS member stations that choose to participate, which is a massive deal. Not only will subscribers be able to access the live channels, but they’ll also be able to access the video-on-demand content.
“We’re thrilled to partner with PBS to introduce both the PBS and PBS Kids channels to YouTube TV,” said Lori Conkling, global head of partnerships at YouTube. “Audiences of all ages love and trust PBS, and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to delivering the best possible lineup for our subscribers.”
For its part, PBS chief digital and marketing officer Ira Rubenstein said that they’re quite excited to launch the very first local live stream on YouTube TV. “Our goal is to reach as many Americans as possible with content that educates, inspires and entertains. As a broadcaster that is rooted in communities, we appreciate YouTube’s commitment to local content, and we are pleased that this service provides audiences with access to programming that is produced and distributed by our member stations,” Rubenstein said.
So far, the PBS live stream has been available through PBS Living, which costs $2.99 per month. If you’re an Amazon Prime customer, you can add it as a channel to your subscription.
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