PBS Documentaries, the new Prime Video Channel, launches today in U.S.

Ken Burns catalog, Frontline and Nova

PBS Documentaries, the new Amazon Prime Video Channel, went live today in the U.S. 

The new channel costs $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime Video membership. 

PBS Documentaries has roughly 1,000 hours of programming including the entire Ken Burns collection.

Video subs helping fund PBS

 “We had long hoped to be able to have all of our films available in one place so the public would have access to the body of work,” Burns said in a statement. “We’re thrilled that this is now possible thanks to the efforts of PBS Distribution and Amazon to launch the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel and also through PBS’s Passport initiative that allows viewers to support their public television stations. Both will also contribute to the larger mission of PBS.”

Nova, Frontline, American Masters, Nature, American Experience, Independent Lens and POV are included in the new PBS streaming service

Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution, and Academy Award-Nominated films like Frontline “For Sama” and American Experience “Last Days in Vietnam” are available at launch.

“This channel will not only help bring engaging stories about life in all corners of our country to a new audience, it will provide needed revenues to sustain public broadcasting’s public-private partnership model for the benefit of all stations and the communities they serve,” Andrea Downing, Co-President of PBS Distribution, said in a statement.

It’s the latest step into the streaming realm for PBS Distribution. 

In 2016, PBS launched Passport, a subscription option under the PBS Video app. Passport costs about $5 a month and unlocks the full library of PBS content along with new episodes of shows and news programs.

PBS has three other subscription channels.

In 2017, PBS Masterpiece channel launched, and now helps fund Masterpiece co-productions, according to Variety

The PBS Kids debuted in 2016. And PBS Living started last year. 

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1 Comment

  1. PBS shouldn’t be charging a DIME. It’s “Public Broadcasting”. Yet more and more “sponsors” have advertisements which are/have become “commercials”.

    Now PBS wants 60 bucks a year for their fucking “Passport” bullshit. I’d rather pay for Acorn TV and skip “Ken Burns bullshit”. All Ken Burns does is find other people’s old footage, adds a sepia background and calls it a “documentary”. IT’S NOT A DOCUMENTARY! People think he’s a filmmaker, yet he’s NOT. Using footage from years gone by and adding commentary isn’t a documentary in any way, shape or form………

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