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PBS adds content to Hulu

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Jun 2008 15:52 User comments (3)

PBS adds content to Hulu Although on TV it normally shuns commercials, the publically supported, non-profit broadcaster PBS has announced that it has struck a deal to have several of its shows streamed on the new (and getting more and more impressive) Hulu website.
The shows are “Nova,” “Wired Science,” “Carrier” and “Scientific American Frontiers.”

Each show will a solitary 30-second ad before each program and the revenue will be split between Hulu and PBS. Andrew Russell, the senior vice president who runs PBS Ventures, reasoned on how the company's need for revenue could balance with its traditional heritage.

“It is very important to carry the principles of public television into these environments,”
he said. Notably, he added, the deal only allows for the commercials at the beginning of the shows. “We do not allow interruption of our programs,” he finished. Russell also made it clear that certain advertisers would not be allowed to have commercials on PBS programming such as tobacco companies or politicians.

Currently, PBS offers some of its shows online on its own website, a few other shows on Joost (with superimposed ads), and some clips on a YouTube channel. Making digital distribution even harder is the fact that PBS only has the rights to a fraction of its shows. For example, "the show Nova is produced by WGBH in Boston, which acquires individual episodes from various production companies."

Making matters worse is the fact that local PBS stations feel if too many people begin watching online, the stations will lose the close relationships it has with viewers that regularly donate to pledge drives.

Regardless, by the fall of 2008, the company hopes to have redesigned its PBS.org website and added much more video content.

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3 user comments

112.6.2008 16:03
nobrainer
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pbs is a cool service. Frontline is factual unlike fox, cnn, ect.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/homefront/view/

Watch frontline online!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/view/

one of my favs:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/bushswar/

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212.6.2008 17:15

Quote:
Although on TV it normally shuns commercials...
I think it was Thomas Sowell who said, "Why is it that 'non-commercial' TV has the longest, most boring, commercials on TV?"

And I will add, Why is it that "pledge week" lasts a whole month?

312.6.2008 19:40

Quote:
Quote:
Although on TV it normally shuns commercials...
I think it was Thomas Sowell who said, "Why is it that 'non-commercial' TV has the longest, most boring, commercials on TV?"

And I will add, Why is it that "pledge week" lasts a whole month?
30 days of simi normal ad raking vrs 360 of steadily loner ads and shows that are ad driven.... gee I wonder which is better :P

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