PBS Launches Service on Xbox 360
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lee Newton
PBS Launches Service on Xbox 360
New PBS App to Provide On-Demand Access to CPTV Programs Like Infinity Hall Live and PBS Favorites Including NOVA, Austin City Limits, Frontline and Masterpiece
HARTFORD, Conn. (October 24, 2013) – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) announced today that full-length episodes and clips from favorite PBS and CPTV programs are available for Xbox Live Gold members in the U.S. on Xbox 360 starting today.
The PBS app will include hundreds of videos from PBS stations, including full-length episodes from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new national and local content updated daily. PBS programming includes full-length episodes from programs such as American Experience, Austin City Limits, Frontline, Masterpiece, NOVA and Secrets of the Dead. CPTV programs available via the app will include Infinity Hall Live, CPTV’s national concert series featuring world-class musicians giving powerful performances in an intimate setting, with viewers being granted front-row seats—without having to leave the comfort of their own homes. Additionally, each episode gives viewers an exclusive peek behind the scenes, complete with artist interviews and a backstage look at concert preparations.
Xbox 360 users will access and personalize their PBS experiences by identifying their local PBS station, providing them access to locally produced content along with signature PBS programs.
"This launch is an important step in our strategy to make public media content available through a variety of platforms,” said Dean Orton, chief operating officer of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, parent company of CPTV. “As one of America’s favorite destinations for high-quality content on television and online, PBS and CPTV are excited to add to the expansive lineup of entertainment experiences available on Xbox 360.”
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit cptv.org.
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