DirecTV Stream subscribers will now be able to tune in to PBS and will soon be able to watch their local PBS station, thanks to a new agreement to carry the channels. Local PBS stations will be added in the coming months, with a full launch completed in 2022.
DirecTV Stream will offer PBS member stations’ full broadcast channels streamed live, as well as the PBS free video-on-demand library that complements the live broadcasts.
“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.
Previously, YouTube TV was the only option for watching PBS with a live TV streaming service. YouTube TV added PBS and PBS Kids in December 2020. At that time, PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Ira Rubenstein commented: “PBS is committed to making trusted content available to all households across as many platforms as possible. We are pleased that YouTube TV recognizes public television’s unique structure and worked with us to provide our viewers with more ways to watch the programs that they love through their local PBS station.”
With PBS, subscribers can watch both award winning content and locally produced shows including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, PBS Newshour, and more. And, with PBS Kids, kids can watch educational and entertaining shows like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Odd Squad, and Wild Kratt’s.
“At PBS KIDS, making our high-quality content accessible to as many children across the country as possible is integral to our mission,” said Sara DeWitt, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Children’s Media and Education, PBS. “As families continue to look to us for more ways to watch, we’re thrilled we can continue building on our offerings with DIRECTV—both on broadcast and digital—to ensure we’re meeting them where they are.”