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PBS Launches New Video App for Android

It is supported by Chromecast.


Do you love all of those really cool British shows and educational programming that PBS is famous for having and want to be able to live stream them on your mobile devices? Well then today is your lucky day.

PBS announced that it has extended availability of its video app to the Android platform for the first time. The PBS app for Android provides access to hundreds of hours of video from PBS and member stations, including episodes from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new national and local station content updated daily.

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In addition, the app offers dozens of web-original videos from the award-winning PBS Digital Studios. The new app, and the previously released iOS app, are now both compatible with Chromecast.

Through enhanced station integration and an improved localization feature, app users can identify their local PBS member station to gain access to favorite locally produced shows alongside national offerings, see customized menus and obtain up-to-date program guide information. Users can also support their local PBS station through a built-in donation page within the app.

The app can be personalized by creating a profile that enables users to transfer their unique PBS experience from device to device. Users utilizing the sign-in feature can create a personalized watch playlist, bookmark favorite programs and continue viewing programs already in progress on web, mobile and over-the-top platforms. The app is powered by Brightcove’s SDK which ensures smooth video playback across all versions of the Android operating system, greater app stability and a better overall user experience.


“With more than 21.2 million downloads of PBS apps to date, we know there is tremendous demand for PBS content across a wide range of devices and platforms, ” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital, PBS.

“Given the success of our PBS iOS app, it was important for us to extend the reach of our world-class content to Android to reach the vast majority of mobile devices and adding Chromecast support brings both iOS and Android users additional options. Viewers can tune in to favorite PBS programming on their local PBS stations and on digital platforms to enjoy the shows they love where, when and how they want them.”



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