PBS is making a major push to make sure its video is available for streaming.
In an announcement, PBS notes, "PBS.org has grown so rapidly that comScore VideoMetrix listed it as the18th most popular site for video last month," said Jason Seiken, SVP, PBS Interactive and Product Development. "And just four months after launching our apps, nearly 20 percent of our video streams come from users of our Apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch."
Furthermore, PBS has announced: "The first episode of ‘The Civil War,’ the award-winning film by Ken Burns that first aired in 1990, will premiere on the free PBS for iPad and PBS App for the iPhone and iPod Touch beginning on March 24 for ten days prior to the highly anticipated rebroadcast of the entire film. PBS will make the first episode available for free download at the iTunes store at the same time."
"The Civil War" achieved the highest ratings of any series on PBS, the announcement notes, adding, "Timed to the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War on April 12, the entire series will air nationally on PBS beginning Sunday, April 3, through Thursday, April 7, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Following the rebroadcast premiere of the film, the first episode will also be streamed on pbs.org beginning on Monday, April 4, and will be available there through Sunday, April 10. All episodes will be available for purchase on DVD at shoppbs.org or iTunes."