Tuesday, October 22, 2013
PBS LAUNCHING TODAY ON XBOX 360
New PBS App to Provide On-Demand Access to Wyoming PBS. Programs Like WYOMING CHRONICLE, FARM TO FORK WYOMING, WYOMING PERSPECTIVES AND MAIN STREET WYOMING and PBS Favorites Including AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, FRONTLINE and MASTERPIECE
RIVERTON, WY, Oct. 22, 2013 -- Wyoming PBS announced today that full-length episodes and clips from favorite PBS and Wyoming PBS programs are now available for Xbox Live Gold members in the U.S. on Xbox 360 starting today.
The PBS app will include hundreds of videos from PBS stations, including full-length episodes from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new national and local content updated daily. PBS programming includes full-length episodes from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, FRONTLINE, MASTERPIECE, NOVA and SECRETS OF THE DEAD, as well as web-original video from PBS Digital Studios, winner of five 2013 Webby Awards. Wyoming PBS programs available via the app will include Wyoming Chronicle, Farm to Fork Wyoming, Wyoming Perspectives, Capital Outlook and Main Street Wyoming.
Xbox 360 users will access and personalize their PBS experiences by identifying their local PBS station, providing them access to locally produced content along with signature PBS programs.
"This launch is an important next step in our strategy to make PBS content available through a variety of platforms, while maintaining the connection between the viewer and their local PBS station," said Jon Brendsel, Vice President of Product Development, PBS Digital. "While PBS member stations will always be the first place to find high-quality PBS programming, the launch of our Xbox offering recognizes that viewers are looking to engage with their local station in the time and manner they choose."
"As one of America's favorite destinations for high-quality content on television and online, PBS is a great addition to our expansive lineup of entertainment experiences on Xbox 360," said Kathy Styponias, General Manager, Interactive Entertainment Business. "The addition of PBS is another example of how we're continuing to expand our catalog of entertainment so that Xbox Live members can find all of their favorite experiences in one place."
The app was developed by PBS and Digiflare. More information can be found at pbs.org/xbox.
KCWC-TV/WyomingPBS is a full-service, public television station licensed to Central Wyoming College, with studio and office facilities located at 2660 Peck Avenue, Riverton, Wyoming. The station, under call letters KCWC-TV, was built in 1982-83. KCWC-TV signed on the air May 10, 1983, providing approximately 16 hours of programming per day, with 10 full-time and 3 part-time staff. Initially the coverage area served was Fremont County with 33,000 people, including the Wind River Indian Reservation. Over the last 26 years, with the generous support of state and federal grants combined with private donations the station has expanded its coverage area to reach approximately 85% of Wyoming. Wyoming PBS operates three full power transmitters; the main transmitter on South Pass and transmitters near Casper and Laramie.
Wyoming PBS also extends its coverage area with a network of 35 low power translators located on mountain tops around the state. The station's signal is currently carried on 41 cable systems and is available to satellite viewers in the 5 counties of the Casper/ Riverton television market (Natrona, Fremont, Hot Springs, Washakie and Converse) on Dish Network. To alleviate the confusion of various channel numbers and a multitude of call signs for each translator, KCWC-TV started using the title of "Wyoming Public Television," which more correctly reflected its statewide public television network. On January 1, 2008, after 25 years of service, the station adopted a new name: WyomingPBS. The station now has 23 full-time staff, with approximately 5 part-time people, providing 2 channels of programming 24 hours a day (1 channel in High Definition and 1 channel in Standard Definition).
WyomingPBS is a non-profit entity by virtue of the fact that it is a government agency of the State of Wyoming (through the community college system). It is a member of the Public Broadcasting Service, and broadcasts 24 hours each day as of May 1, 2002. Approximately 48% of the station funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 40% comes from the State of Wyoming, and the remainder comes from individual and corporate gifts.
The Station's Purpose:
KCWC-TV/WyomingPBS was established for the purpose of providing a public television service and distance learning to the citizens of Wyoming. Recognizing that technologies have essentially eliminated time and distance, and created a global village, the WyomingPBS network seeks to provide a television medium which recognizes the state's unique needs, and which informs, educates and enriches the lives of Wyoming citizens and helps them more fully understand and participate in local, national and global events that affect their lives. The station seeks to balance the differing needs of its citizens by providing a service that is open to public input with program offerings and services built around Wyoming's needs and providing communications opportunities which would otherwise be unavailable.
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people through television and nearly 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.