Beginning Today, YouTube TV Subscribers Will Also Have Access to Rich Library of
Educational and Inspiring Content from PBS and PBS KIDS Through Video On-Demand
Burbank, Calif. – December 17, 2019 – Public Media Group of Southern California, Southern California’s home for award-winning public media programming as well as locally-produced content, announced today that KCET and PBS SoCal KIDS are now streaming live on YouTube TV. These channels will now be able to expand audiences of the organization’s signature award-winning local programming and PBS KIDS content. Dedicated live channels for KCET and PBS SoCal KIDS, a 24/7 KIDS Channel, as well as on-demand programming, are now available to YouTube TV subscribers, expanding PBS’s digital footprint and offering viewers additional ways to stream engaging and inspiring PBS content. To access the full line-up available in Southern California, you can visit the YouTube TV live guide or the local schedule here.
“Every year, more and more households are seeking alternative ways to view their favorite PBS programs,” said PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Ira Rubenstein. “PBS is committed to making trusted content available to all households across as many platforms as possible. We are pleased that YouTube TV recognizes public television’s unique structure and worked with us to provide our viewers with more ways to watch the programs that they love through their local PBS station.”
“We are excited to partner with KCET and PBS SoCal on this unique partnership to further our commitment to providing a best-in-class experience for our users,” said Lori Conkling, Global Head of Partnerships at YouTube TV. “PBS and PBS KIDS are highly requested channels by our users, and we’re thrilled to be able to add these to the YouTube TV lineup starting today.”
YouTube TV represents KCET and PBS SoCal’s first local livestreaming partnership and includes episodes and on-demand content from locally produced shows previously only available to Southern California audiences as well as engaging and acclaimed PBS favorites. The accompanying PBS SoCal KIDS 24/7 channel extends the organization’s mission of helping prepare children for success in school and life through trusted, educational media, available anytime and anywhere. Users can access favorite PBS KIDS’ series, such as DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, MOLLY OF DENALI, ODD SQUAD, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, WILD KRATTS and SESAME STREET. YouTube TV subscribers can also access select content through YouTube TV’s VOD service.
In addition to YouTube TV, KCET and PBS SoCal content is available on all PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBSKIDS.org, as well as the PBS Video app and PBS KIDS Video app available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV and Chromecast. KCET and PBS SoCal members are also able to view an extended library of quality public television programming via Passport.
Formed by the merger of KCETLink Media Group and PBS SoCal in October 1, 2018, The Public Media Group of Southern California is the community-supported public media organization and the region’s flagship PBS station. The new community institution creates original programs that reflect the diversity of the region and shares the full schedule of PBS programs that viewers love and trust. The organization also continues its community engagement, early childhood education and social impact services.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org. KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.
ABOUT PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) tells stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of our region, and through the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our Southern California content channels PBS SoCal and KCET are available for free on internet-connected screens via the PBS Video App, and seven local broadcast channels. Our Link TV channel is available nationally on DirecTV and Dish Network. A donor-supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations and delivers social impact through a variety of services including those that prepare our most vulnerable children for school.
PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’s broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. Decades of research confirms that PBS’s premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV— including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org, via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile and connected devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.