PBS PARTNERS WITH MICROSOFT TO OFFER PBS PROGRAMMING ON XBOX 360
Programs Available for Download Include
NOVA, CARRIER, Ken Burns' JAZZ and More
ARLINGTON, VA, Oct. 7, 2008 - PBS today announced that it will launch a broad selection of full-length PBS television shows for download on Xbox LIVE, the online games and entertainment network for the Xbox 360. Included on Xbox LIVE beginning today are:
- WIRED SCIENCE
- SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS
- Ken Burns' Jazz
- Ken Burns' America
- Ken Burns' American Lives
"PBS's mission is to make our content broadly available to the public, and our commitment is to be wherever consumers are accessing media," said Andrew Russell, Senior Vice President, PBS Ventures. "Xbox is a leading source for downloadable video, and we are excited to be offering our high-quality programming to its young and vibrant user base."
Currently offering more than 8,500 hours of premium entertainment content from more than 45 studios and networks, Xbox LIVE offers more entertainment than any other device connected to your TV.
"Nonfiction programming has performed very well on Xbox LIVE," said Ross Honey, General Manager, Media and Entertainment Group at Microsoft. "The addition of a premiere brand such as PBS will not only enhance our overall video offering but will strengthen a content category that our users demand."
PBS, with its 356 member stations, offers all Americans - from every walk of life - the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each week, PBS reaches more than 65 million people and invites them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and Web site, pbskids.org, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet.