PBS will launch a new Prime Video channel next month.
The network is scheduled to launch its PBS Documentaries channel on Aug. 4. The channel will featured documentaries from PBS’ series, such as Frontline, American Experience and NOVA. Audiences can view a trailer for the new channel here.
Andrea Downing, Co-President of PBS Distribution, shared her thoughts on the coming launch of the new streaming video channel in a prepared statement.
“PBS is the leader of high-quality, compelling nonfiction entertainment, and the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is a natural addition to our current streaming offering on Prime Video Channels—PBS Masterpiece, PBS Living AND PBS Kids.,” she said. “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,”
Documentarian Ken Burns, who most recently helmed the PBS documentary Country Music, and who has also helmed other PBS documentaries, such as Jazz, The Vietnam War and Baseball said in his own comments that he was anticipating the channel’s launch,
“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,” said Burns. “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.”
PBS Documentaries is expected to have almost 1,000 hours of content available for audiences upon its launch. Burns’ documentaries will be among that content, as well as Stanley Nelson’s documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
Nelson shared his pleasure at the announcement of the channel’s launch through his own comments.
“I’m thrilled to see that my work will find a new home on this channel,” said Nelson. “PBS has become a premier destination for documentary programming in the U.S. and has been hugely invested in giving films by diverse storytellers and emerging filmmakers much-needed national exposure. I’m so glad that my film on the Black Panther Party, which can inform communities in our current historical moment, will be able to reach different audiences on this new service.”
Subscription to PBS Documentaries will cost $3.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prim Video subscription. It will only be available in the United States.
PBS Documentaries is just one of the ways in which audiences can view PBS’ documentary programs. PBS also offers its own streaming service called Passport. It allows people to pay a given fee to watch the network’s programs through its own website.
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