Through Open Media Network, noncommercial network is selling selected primetime and children’s shows for $2 each.
PBS is launching a “download to own” service that lets viewers purchase episodes of popular PBS programs via the Internet using the Open Media Network platform.
The announcement was made today by PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena.
Viewers can start watching PBS shows by going to www.omn.org and downloading the free OMN internet TV player. Each episode is $1.99 for unlimited playbacks, except for NOVA which is priced at $7.99 per episode.
In addition to NOVA, shows currently available for download include Antiques Roadshow, Now, Scientific American Frontiers, Arthur, Cyberchase and Fetch!
“PBS and our local stations are undergoing a transformation from traditional television broadcasting to a vibrant 21st century digital public media service,” said Kerger in prepared statement. “Open Media Network is helping us accomplish this by offering favorite PBS programs for sale directly to the online audience. We’re excited to partner with another nonprofit organization committed to bringing PBS’s award-winning content to the public.”
The nonprofit Open Media Network uses the Internet to distribute educational programming in full DVD quality. The downloads are viewable on a variety of devices, including notebook computers, portable media players, cell phones and set top boxes.
“Some of the most informative, thought provoking programs on television are brought to us by PBS and its member stations,” said Mike Homer, founder of Open Media Network. “Making this content available through Internet downloads for anytime, anywhere viewing means we can help PBS bring it to a much larger audience than ever before.”
Showcasing the strong local associations PBS stations have within their communities, PBS programs downloaded through OMN will soon carry a spot encouraging viewers to become members of their local PBS station.