WGBY Now Live on YouTube TV

Mar 6, 2020

Beginning Today, YouTube TV Subscribers Will Have Access to Educational and Inspiring Content from New England Public Media

Springfield, Mass. (December 17, 2019) -- New England Public Media, the new alliance of NEPR and WGBY announced that it is streaming its television service, WGBY-HD, live on YouTube TV starting today. Dedicated live channels for WGBY-HD and PBS KIDS, as well as on-demand programming, are now available to YouTube TV subscribers, expanding New England Public Media’s digital footprint and offering viewers additional ways to stream locally-produced shows and PBS content. To access the full line-up available in western New England, you can visit the YouTube TV live guide or the WGBY schedule here .

“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.”

"We're entering an exciting time for public media in our region as NEPR and WGBY have come together in a new alliance to serve our community as one organization," said Martin Miller, President of New England Public Media. "This partnership with YouTube TV reflects one of the goals of this new endeavor, to reach new audiences on new platforms. I'm looking forward to cutting the cable cord myself."

YouTube TV represents New England Public Media’s first local live streaming partnership and includes episodes and on-demand content from locally produced shows like CONNECTING POINT and AS SCHOOLS MATCH WITS 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, WGBY content is available on all WGBY-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. WGBY members are also able to view an extended library of quality public television programming via Passport.
 

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND PUBLIC MEDIA

Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, New England Public Media is the new alliance of NEPR and WGBY-TV. Through a deep commitment to independent local journalism, trusted educational content, inspired cultural offerings, and civic engagement, NEPM endeavors to share new voices and inspire new conversations. It provides audiences with a broad array of local and national programs across all media -- TV, radio, online, and mobile, including PBS and NPR programs as well as locally produced series, podcasts and specials. Its four digital TV channels, and two radio networks present news, jazz and classical music, documentaries, talk, drama, plus cultural and educational programming. New England Public Media is a community-supported, independent non-profit organization. nepm.org

ABOUT WGBY

With four digital television channels, video on demand, and streaming video, WGBY brings quality public broadcasting programs to audiences across western New England. WGBY is available over the air on digital channel 57-1 and on cable throughout western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut and can be seen in high definition in western Massachusetts at Comcast 857, Time Warner 1221, Spectrum 782, and over the air on channel 57.

ABOUT PBS

PBS, with more than 330 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital content. Each month, PBS reaches over 120 million people through television and 26 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’s 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. Decades of research confirms that PBS’s premier children’s media service, PBS KIDS, helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. Delivered through member stations, PBS KIDS offers high-quality educational content on TV— including a 24/7 channel, online at pbskids.org , via an array of mobile apps and in communities across America. 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 and connected devices . Specific program information and updates for press are available at  pbs.org/pressroom  or by following  PBS Pressroom on Twitter .

ABOUT NEPR

NEPR's flagship signal, 88.5FM WFCR (and 5 repeating stations in Berkshire County), presents news, jazz, and classical music, while the six stations of the NEPR News Network provide the region with news, talk and cultural programming 24/7. NEPR.net offers three streams including an all-classical selection, NEPR-produced podcasts, and other digital offerings.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Vanessa Cerillo
Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Events
New England Public Media
WGBY-TV and New England Public Radio
413-735-6605
vcerillo@nepr.net