APT and PBS to expand programming on PBS Passport


BOSTON—American Public Television (APT) and PBS have announced that nearly 3,000 episodes of APT catalog content will be added to PBS Passport on PBS.org and the free PBS Video app.

These episodes consist of stand-alone specials and seasons of long-running series. New episodes will be added in collections of 300 to 500 episodes each quarter by APT over the next 18 months. The first release will take place on September 1, 2021.

They join the APT-distributed properties already available in Passport, which include “Rick Steves’ Europe”, “The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross” and the international drama “The Indian Doctor”.

“We’re excited to partner with PBS and share the richness of the APT catalog, showcasing today’s favorite series and episodes that will significantly expand current Passport offerings through early 2023 and beyond,” said Cynthia Fenneman , President and CEO of APT. “These programs exemplify the wide range of topics and genres that the APT has distributed to stations since 1961. We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the APT this year and contributing to the future of public media by providing enriching digital content.

“As the digital landscape continues to evolve, PBS is committed to delivering a best-in-class user experience to our viewers through the expansion of our content offerings and available platforms,” said Ira Rubenstein, Manager of PBS Marketing and Digital. “Through our partnership with APT, PBS platforms will have 3,000 additional locally and nationally distributed titles available in PBS Passport, which will allow us to provide audiences with better access to quality programming produced or distributed by our member stations and producers. independent. “

Expected future releases, which include additional food and travel titles, home and gardening series, special documentaries, public affairs programs, as well as dramatic performances and concerts, are scheduled to end. November 2021, March 2022, June 2022, August 2022, end of November 2022 and March 2023.

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