Cord Cutters News has now confirmed with multiple PBS stations that they will go live on YouTube TV starting on November 4th, 2019. Not all PBS stations will go live at that time but some including Boston’s WGHB and Philadelphia’s WHYY will be in the first round of PBS stations added. PBS is also hoping to add PBS Kids on November 4th, 2019 according to multiple sources. This is all subject to change as YouTube TV will have the final say on when these stations will go live.
Other PBS stations are reporting they hope to be live by the end of 2019, but some have elected to offer a national PBS feed instead of a local one. This comes down to the cost of setting up a live feed to YouTube TV.
“We’re excited to launch our very first local livestream on YouTube TV,” PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Ira Rubenstein said when this deal was first announced. “Our goal is to reach as many Americans as possible with content that educates, inspires and entertains. As a broadcaster that is rooted in communities, we appreciate YouTube’s commitment to local content, and we are pleased that this service provides audiences with access to programming that is produced and distributed by our member stations.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with PBS to introduce both the PBS and PBS KIDS channels to YouTube TV,” Lori Conkling, Global Head of Partnerships at YouTube said when this deal was first announced. “Audiences of all ages love and trust PBS, and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to delivering the best possible lineup for our subscribers.”
Right now most PBS stations in major markets have reported that they hope to go live on November 4th, 2019. It seems that the smaller PBS stations are the ones that will more likely be added at a later date. Google has not confirmed plans to add PBS on November 4th, 2019 but did say they plan to add PBS stations by the end of 2019.
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