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Press Release

SEATTLE & ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul. 1, 2016– (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon and PBS Distribution today announced that they have entered into a multi-year agreement that makes Amazon Prime Video the exclusive premium subscription streaming home for a broad collection of PBS KIDS series. Prime members in the U.S. can watch PBS KIDS episodes via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at www.amazon.com/primevideo. In addition to streaming, all episodes are also available to download for offline viewing on iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets and Fire tablets at no additional cost—meaning Prime members can enjoy PBS KIDS titles even when they don’t have an internet connection available. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

“We are excited to announce this new deal with PBS, which will make Prime Video the exclusive premium subscription home for the great PBS KIDS series that our customers and their kids love,” said Brad Beale, Vice President of Worldwide Television Acquisition for Amazon. “From our award-winning Amazon Original Series to amazing licensed content from industry leaders like PBS KIDS, we’re committed to making Prime Video the best destination for kids and family programming that will both educate and entertain.”

“We are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with Amazon, increasing Prime Video members’ access to our trusted, educational programming,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media & Education, PBS. “PBS KIDS shows have been developed with the needs of today’s children in mind and focus on fundamental academic areas such as literacy, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in addition to collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.”

Prime members can explore a variety of PBS KIDS content, including series that support social-emotional development and literacy skills, as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The benefits of PBS KIDS series include:

  • Developing early social-emotional skills with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Arthur
  • Opening new natural history and science worlds with Dinosaur TrainWild Kratts, Nature Cat and Ready Jet Go!1
  • Inspiring curiosity in mathematics with Odd Squad and Peg + Cat
  • Enriching vocabulary and developing early literacy skills with Martha Speaks and WordGirl

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Have you missed any episodes of PBS’s BBC import Downton Abbey? Fear not. With a serialized

show like this British melodrama it can be difficult to pick up midstream. This article will fill you in on multiple ways to enjoy the popular British import that has captured the imagination of millions. Like Sherlock also of Masterpiece fame, Downton Abbey is available to stream free via PBS’s website as well as through the PBS apps for Android and IOS devices. For a reason unknown to the Streaming Advisor Roku and Apple TV users may not have access to all of the episodes of the series via their respective PBS channel/app. PBS places further limits on the amount of time the set top box apps can access its programming. An educated guess tells us it is most likely do to a licensing issue. Apple TV owners with compatible Airplay devices though can utilize AirPlay and Mirroring with the Apple TV in order to view episodes on the big screen. For expiration information and instructions continue reading.

Fans of the PBS/BBC hit Sherlock can break out the violins. The first episode of the 3rd season has been posted online for all to enjoy. Sherlock can be seen on PBS’s website as well as through the PBS App available on multiple mobile platforms as well as the PBS channel for Roku and the PBS app on Apple TV. It’s 87 minute run time and tight editing provides fans with a cinematic experience. Between Sherlock and Downton Abbey PBS has gained a new and appreciative audience.

Sherlock is no longer available for free (Legal) viewing on the PBS website nor through its apps. PBS does not keep Masterpiece programming available online. When Season 3 becomes available on a streaming service will let everyone know. Until then in order to view season 3 fans can watch on Vudu 4.99 per episode and $19.99 for the season. Amazon Instant Video also has each episode for $4.99. Apple iTunes is selling individual episodes of season 3 for $6.99.

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Netflix is the king of video channels. The app is on nearly every video steaming platform and was the first channel available on Roku. The app features thousands of movies, TV shows and documentaries. For less than $8.00 a month Netflix adds a days of entertainment and power/binge watching

Hulu Plus
Hulu Plus has the largest collection of legal first run TV Show content on the net and this app brings the service to Roku. Hulu Plus also offers an extensive collection of movies from multiple studios. Important note, while Hulu has a free Internet based service available via computers Hulu Plus is the only version available for Roku users without using a separate server. For an article on how to add access to the free version of Hulu click here.

Amazon Instant Video
Amazon Instant video is a strong entry for Roku owners especially those who are Amazon Prime members. Prime membership which costs $79.00 offers numerous perks for members including free shipping, use of the Amazon E-Book lending library and in the case of connected device users access to thousands of movies, TV Shows and documentaries. The channel also offers on demand viewing options for access to more first run content.

Plex is a channel that utilizes a separate server that must be downloaded on to a computer in order to run in concert with the Roku channel. The Plex channel offers a separate menu of audio and visual apps in that some cases mirrors channels from the official Roku channel store. Other stations available for Plex cannot be found anywhere else. Plex is also one of few channels that will allow users to play their own digital content on the streaming box. 

Watch ESPN
Watch ESPN is the official app from the most well-known sports network in the United States. In order to utilize the channel you must have access to an ESPN account through a participating provider. The channel features live feeds from all of ESPN’s channels but in order to view them the user must have access via subscription. Also included is ESPN 3 the Internet based service from ESPN which features major college football and basketball along with a selection of international sports from Olympic style sports to soccer, international basketball, and others.  A great addition that can make any Roku connected TV in to an outright sports hub.

Roku users can use Flixter to see movie trailers from upcoming movies as well as movies no longer in the theater. For years people have said that the previews were their favorite part of the movie theater experience along with popcorn of course. Flixter brings that experience to your home theater.

The official Roku Channel from The Public Broadcasting System features  full length feature programming from TV shows airing on PBS and a large collection of classic PBS shows such as The Woodwright. Current programming is not available long term but the app is a great way to catch up on all of the top shows within a week or two of their air date. Don’t wait too long though to tune in for Downton Abbey or you will be stuck waiting till it is available on Amazon further down the line. The channel can also be linked to the local PBS station for a given area in order to access programming tailored for a given region.

HBO-Go is a digital offering from the Time Warner owned movie and television network that brings a huge library of its original television from Arliss to Oz as well as its original movies from throughout the years along with a large rotation of feature films from HBO’s studio partners. In order to access HBO-Go, users must have access to a cable subscription password.  

Crackle is a free service owned by Sony Pictures that provides access to many well-known feature films, TV shows and original content. The selections are broken down by category and easy to search. Like a number of major free services the features are add supported.

Snag Films
If mainstream films and television shows begin to feel too predictable or stayed Snag Films may be just the solution. This free channel is graced by a large collection of independent and art house movies. It is a great alternative to the many louder Hollywood style movies available on other services.

Downon Abbey fans now have a new home
The PBS app will add a lot of popular free content.

In the continuing punching match between Apple TV and Roku, Apple TV has added PBS and Yahoo screen to their growing list of apps available on their industry-leading set top box. The PBS a

pp provides next day viewing of the major titles such as Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and Sherlock. The series are not available on the site permanently but fans of PBS series will have ample time to watch any given episode.   In addition the app gives Apple TV users access to archives of some of PBS’s most beloved programs like the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. Before launching the app users can also register their Apple TV’s in order to link their account with their local PBS station which will also provide access to more regional based programming. The app is built in the same fashion as the popular PBS channel for Roku.

The Yahoo Screen app builds off of the already established Yahoo Screen app available for Apple’s mobile IOS products. A portal to pop culture, Yahoo Screen has a multitude of categorized clips from  sources ranging from Comedy Central and the Onion to ABC News. Yahoo screen at the moment is not available on any other set top device including the Roku line of products.

Both Apple and Roku have been stepping up their games as the holiday shopping season and the all-important “Black Friday” sales loom.