PBS programming comes to the Xbox 360

Ben Drawbaugh
B. Drawbaugh|10.23.13

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If you aren't watching anything from PBS, you're missing out and now you have one less reason to ignore America's Public Broadcasting Service. Starting today, both local and national PBS programming is coming to the Xbox 360 -- if you have an active subscription to Xbox Live Gold. This includes both new and archive, full-episodes of shows like Frontline, Nova, American Experience and of course Downton Abbey -- the classic Triumph of the Nerds, isn't available, however. In addition to the full-length episodes, there are also clips from popular shows and web-original video from PBS Digital Studios. So if you missed League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis on Frontline a few weeks back, quit playing Madden 25 for a bit and learn why playing Xbox is safer than playing football.

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PBS Launching Today on Xbox 360

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Arlington, VA: Oct. 22, 2013--PBS announced today that full-length episodes and clips from favorite PBS programs and local PBS stations will be available for Xbox Live Gold members in the U.S. on Xbox 360 starting today.

The PBS app will include hundreds of videos from PBS stations, including full-length episodes from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new national and local content updated daily. PBS programming includes full-length episodes from programs such as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, FRONTLINE, MASTERPIECE, NOVA and SECRETS OF THE DEAD, as well as web-original video from PBS Digital Studios, winner of five 2013 Webby Awards.

Xbox 360 users will access and personalize their PBS experiences by identifying their local PBS station, which will provide them access to locally produced content along with signature PBS programs.

"This launch is an important next step in our strategy to make PBS content available through a variety of platforms, while maintaining the connection between the viewer and their local PBS station," said Jon Brendsel, Vice President of Product Development, PBS Digital. "While PBS member stations will always be the first place to find high-quality PBS programming, the launch of our Xbox 360 offering recognizes that viewers are looking to engage with their local station in the time and manner they choose."

"As one of America's favorite destinations for high-quality content on television and online, PBS is a great addition to our expansive lineup of entertainment experiences on Xbox 360," said Kathy Styponias, General Manager, Interactive Entertainment Business. "The addition of PBS is another example of how we're continuing to expand our catalog of entertainment so that Xbox Live members can find all of their favorite experiences in one place."

The app was developed by PBS and Digiflare. More information can be found at pbs.org/xbox.

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