PBS is launching a new PBS Documentaries subscription service through Prime Video Channels. While the content is already up, the channel won’t officially launch and be available to subscribe to until August 4th. For a reasonable price of $3.99 per month, subscribers will have access to content like Ken Burns, NOVA, Frontline, American Masters, Anerican Experience, Nature, Independent Lens, POV, and more. This will be PBS’ fourth Prime Video Channel, joining PBS Masterpiece ($5.99/month), PBS Living ($2.99/month), and PBS Kids ($4.99/month).
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Amazon and PBS have always had a good relationship, so its no surprise to see PBS Kids join the ever growing lineup of Amazon Channels. While much of the channel’s included kids shows are already available through Prime Video, and you can probably watch most of it for free through the PBS Kids app, you now have the option to watch it all through the Fire TV’s main interface. The PBS Kids subscription will run you $4.99 per month after the 7-day free trial. Paying for the subscription will add about 100 more tv show seasons to the 40-ish seasons that are already included with a Prime membership.
Amazon and PBS have announced that Amazon Prime Video is now the exclusive “premium subscription streaming” home for PBS KIDS shows. The explicit use of the words “premium subscription streaming” is important because it means PBS KIDS shows will still be available on PBS channels, as well as through PBS KIDS apps. The exclusivity only applies to other “premium” streaming services, meaning you’ll no longer find PBS KIDS shows on services like Netflix and Hulu.
Many of PBS’s child programming was already available through Prime Video, but this new multi-year agreement is going to bring even more shows to the service. Shows like Nature Cat are now available on Prime Video for the first time, with some shows, like Ready Jet Go!, schedualed to arrive in the near future.
Amazon and PBS have struck a deal to bring episodes of the new PBS original series Mercy Street to Prime members seven days after they air on PBS stations. Amazon says Prime members have valued having in-season access to shows like Extant and Under the Dome. In-season deals like this which provide access to shows mere days after episodes air for the first time seem to be a new trend for Amazon. They signed a similar deal with CBS which will bring in-season episodes of three new shows, premiering this summer on CBS, to Prime Video just four days after they air. All Amazon customers can stream the first episode of Mercy Street right now, three days before it’s set to premiere on PBS, for free without the need to be a Prime member. Read on for a description of the show. Read more ›
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Amazon is already the exclusive home for several great PBS Masterpiece shows like Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, and The Escape Artist. Today the two companies announced an expanded licensing agreement which will make Prime Instant Video the only place to watch all PBS Masterpiece shows in the near future. Shows like Poldark, Wolf Hall, Grantchester, and many more will make their way over to Prime Instant Video shortly after they’ve aired on PBS. The deal also extends to popular kids’ series like Odd Squad, Wild Kratts, and others.
This deal is a continuation of Amazon’s decision to focus on exclusive content for Prime Instant Video, and letting non-exclusive deals expire without renewal. The company spent $1.3 billion last year signing deals like this one. An Amazon VP told TechRadar that the company plans to “double down” on Prime Instant Video this year, so you can expect even more exclusive content being made available only to Prime members in the near future.
PBS and PBS Kids apps have just been released for the Fire TV. These apps have been featured on the Fire TV’s “coming soon” list for quite a while. Both apps feature a slew of great video content completely for free. Once installed, both apps need to be activated, but unlike other apps which need activation, a cable subscription is not required to activate these apps. All you need is a free PBS.org account. The PBS Video app features full length episodes of Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Endeavour, Breathless, and many more popular TV shows.
To activate the PBS or PBS Kids app for the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick:
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