PBS and DIRECTV today announced plans to begin offering local PBS member stations on DIRECTV STREAM starting later this year.

Participating PBS member stations will become available over the next few months, and the full launch will be completed in 2022. PBS on DIRECTV STREAM includes PBS member stations’ full broadcast channels streamed live, as well as the PBS free video-on-demand library that complements the live broadcasts.

“Entertainment is personal and should serve every member of the household, which is why we’re partnering with PBS to deliver DIRECTV STREAM customers more choice, more control and a more convenient way to access the content they care about most,” said Rob Thun, Chief Content Officer for DIRECTV.

The addition of the PBS member stations bolsters DIRECTV STREAM’s already industry-leading offering of local content many consumers value. DIRECTV STREAM provides roughly 800 local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations and virtually all the various Bally Sports, NBC Sports, Spectrum Sports, AT&T SportsNet, MSG and other top regional sports networks.

The PBS-DIRECTV STREAM relationship continues to expand PBS’s digital presence and boasts award-winning content from locally produced shows and PBS favorites, such as MASTERPIECE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, PBS NEWSHOUR and more.

“As viewer habits continue to evolve, PBS remains committed to making our award-winning, national and local content available to all Americans across as many platforms as possible. This partnership will allow PBS and our member stations to expand our digital footprint and reach more viewers with content that inspires, educates and entertains,” said Ira Rubenstein, PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer.

In addition, PBS KIDS channel has recently joined both the DIRECTV STREAM and DIRECTV lineups, helping to extend the PBS mission of preparing young children for success in school and life through trusted, educational media, available anytime and anywhere. Through this partnership, even our youngest of viewers can access their favorite series, including DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, MOLLY OF DENALI, ODD SQUAD, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC and WILD KRATTS, among many others, via DIRECTV and its on-demand menu or using the same capabilities on DIRECTV STREAM.

“At PBS KIDS, making our high-quality content accessible to as many children across the country as possible is integral to our mission,” said Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “As families continue to look to us for more ways to watch, we’re thrilled we can continue building on our offerings with DIRECTV—both on broadcast and digital—to ensure we’re meeting them where they are.”

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