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DirecTV Stream to Add PBS Stations

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Arlington, Va. & El Segundo, Calif.—PBS and DirecTV have 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, the two companies said. 

PBS on DirecTV Stream will include PBS member stations’ full  broadcast channels streamed live, as well as the PBS free video-on-demand library that  complements the live broadcasts. 

The plans to add the PBS stations follow the recent addition of PBS Kids to both DirecTV Stream and the DirecTV lineups. 

“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 lineup of local content that includes about 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.  

“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,” said Ira Rubenstein, PBS chief digital  and marketing officer. 

The plans to add the PBS stations follow the recent addition of PBS Kids to both DirecTV Stream and the DirecTV lineups. 

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.