YouTube TV will be caring PBS and PBS Kids sometime this year for selected local areas. PBS member stations who choose to participate will have their programming streamed live YouTube TV and will be available on-demand as well.
This is the first streaming partnership for PBS and represents PBS expansion into digital media going forward no word yet on if they will partner with Sling, DirectTV Now or others.
In the press release PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Ira Rubenstein said “We’re excited to launch our very first local Livestream on YouTube TV,” going on to say “Our goal is to reach as many Americans as possible with content that educates, inspires and entertains. As a broadcaster that is rooted in communities, we appreciate YouTube’s commitment to local content, and we are pleased that this service provides audiences with access to programming that is produced and distributed by our member stations.”
While you could already stream episodes some shows on the PBS’s website or through the PBS Video app. YouTube TV will have live access to the entire channel, including any of the 330 PBS member stations that choose to participate, including the PBS Kids channels.
No word yet on when this will roll out just that it’s coming later this year.