KPBS Press Release | Thursday, May 9, 2013
SAN DIEGO PBS officials announced today that videos from favorite PBS and PBS KIDS programs such as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, MASTERPIECE, NATURE, NOVA, SUPER WHY!, CURIOUS GEORGE and DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD are now available to consumers via the Roku® streaming platform. Local favorites such as KPBS Evening Edition and Ken Kramer’s About San Diego are also included in offerings from Roku.
Roku users will access and personalize their PBS experiences by choosing their favorite local station and sharing their email address. This will provide viewers with content from their local PBS station, anytime they want, while also giving their favorite PBS station a way to connect with them.
In addition to national and local PBS programming, viewers can access video from PBS Digital Studios, a network of short web-original videos from PBS.
“This is welcome news for KPBS,” says General Manager Tom Karlo. “Making our national and local content available via Roku fits perfectly with our mission to deliver quality news and information programs across different platforms to reach a growing and diverse audience. Now more and more people can enjoy KPBS programming based on their own schedule.”
"Our relationship with Roku 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 station,” said Jason Seiken, PBS SVP and GM, Digital. “We are happy that this partnership with Roku will deliver consumers both national PBS and PBS KIDS programs, as well as favorite video from their local PBS station, all on demand.“
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About Roku, Inc.
Roku is a leading streaming platform for delivering video, music and casual games to the TV. Roku launched the first player to stream Netflix to the TV in 2008, and today streams more than 750 entertainment channels to millions of devices. Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick can be purchased from Roku and major retailers in the U.S. Roku players are also available in Canada, the U.K. and Republic of Ireland. Roku was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. The company is headquartered in Saratoga, Calif. For more information, visit www.roku.com.
Roku and Roku Ready are registered trademarks and the Roku StreamingStick is a trademark of Roku, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries.
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