WGCU is now streaming live on YouTube TV. Dedicated live channels for WGCU HD and PBS KIDS, as well as on-demand programming, are now available to YouTube TV subscribers, expanding PBS’s digital footprint and offering viewers additional ways to stream PBS content. To access the full line-up available in Southwest Florida, you can visit the YouTube TV live guide or the PBS schedule here. WGCU is one of just 100 PBS stations nationally in this initial expansion to YouTube TV.*
“For some it may seem that we are a little late to the party since commercial TV affiliates have been carried on streaming platforms for a number of years,” said WGCU General Manager Rick Johnson. “The decentralized nature of the PBS system and the wide variety of programming suppliers that local PBS stations use to customize their schedules for local audiences added to the complexity of the negotiations with YouTube TV and the ability to clear streaming rights for the archive of PBS programs.”
“Every year, more and more households are seeking alternative ways to view their favorite PBS programs,” said PBS Chief Digital and Marketing Officer Ira Rubenstein. “PBS is committed to making trusted content available to all households across as many platforms as possible. We are pleased that YouTube TV recognizes public television’s unique structure and worked with us to provide our viewers with more ways to watch the programs that they love through their local PBS station.”
“We are excited to partner with PBS on this unique partnership to further our commitment to providing a best-in-class experience for our users,” said Lori Conkling, Global Head of Partnerships at YouTube TV. “PBS and PBS KIDS are highly requested channels by our users, and we’re thrilled to be able to add these to the YouTube TV lineup starting today.”
YouTube TV represents WGCU’s first local livestreaming partnership and includes episodes and on-demand content from locally produced shows and PBS favorites, including AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE, GREAT PERFORMANCES, MASTERPIECE, NATURE and more. The accompanying PBS KIDS 24/7 channel extends the organization’s mission of helping prepare children for success in school and life through trusted, educational media, available anytime and anywhere. Users can access favorite series, such as DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, MOLLY OF DENALI, ODD SQUAD, PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, WILD KRATTS and SESAME STREET. YouTube TV subscribers can also access select content through YouTube TV’s VOD service.
In addition to YouTube TV, WGCU contentis available on all WGCU-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and PBSKIDS.org, as well as the PBS Video app and PBS KIDS Video app available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV and Chromecast. WGCU members are also able to view an extended library of quality public television programming via Passport.
*YouTube TV is a subscription service. WGCU does not receive any funds from this.