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PBS America joins Freesat for Halloween

PBS America, currently on Sky and VMedia will join Freesat on October 31st on channel 160.

Incredible Flying Jet Packs  Photograph: PBS America
Incredible Flying Jet Packs Photograph: PBS America
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Thursday, 8 October 2015

2:33 PM

Sorry, I seem to have not posted the final version. Should be OK again now.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts US flag

2:54 PM

Brilliant, I quite like PBS

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Ian's 497 posts GB flag
6:34 PM

PSB America ???

Try PBS !!

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Alfred's 1 post GB flag

6:42 PM

Alfred: To be fair, PBS could just mean 'Public Sector Broadcaster', so PBS America does make things clearer.

Its a shame PBS isn't coming to Freeview, since they have some excellent documentaries.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
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7:58 PM

MikeB: PSB is "Public Broadcasting Service" here I think, and the UK version (referring to BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) is "public service broadcasting" - PSB (also Pet Shop Boys).

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Briantist's 38,915 posts US flag

8:38 PM

Briantist: Ok, that makes sense!

By the way, I've just spotted PBS Stateside has a show called 'The Great British Baking Show', aka GBBO. They are still on Season 2! The Great British Baking Show | Shows | PBS Food

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Friday, 9 October 2015

8:32 AM


For clarity, PBS is used in the USA to denote a Public Broadcasting Service, some of which are funded locally and others at State or national level.
The equivalent in the UK is PSB denoting Public Service Broadcasting and covers the BBC, etc. They are those broadcasters required to provide national coverage such as BBC, ITV, etc. Some are commercially funded, such as ITV, and one by the TV Licence (BBC). Generally, those covered by the term PSB would be found on the PSB multiplexes and those not in that category are on the COM multiplexes, but the distinction is now being blurred as services are moved around the multiplexes.
My daughter lived in the USA for many years and initially PBS was fairly poor and very local in coverage, but there are more services now and a number are covering matters relevant to their 'home' State and some aim to cover the whole of the USA.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB flag
Thursday, 3 December 2015
11:21 AM

According to, UKTV is joining Freesat

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Brightonian's 4 posts US flag
Saturday, 19 December 2015
12:52 AM

Further to the "what is PBS" discussion..based on my past experience and trying to wade through what is a complex and confusing Wikipedia article on PBS, here's the potted summary.

PBS is a not for profit distributor of television programmes, to local member stations run on a not for profit basis as PSB's (The local members usually operate without traditional commercial advertising, although commercial companies who support PBS or the local member usually get a credit with a voiceover and logo. State and local government money is available to some).

Not all local PSB's are affiliated to PBS, and PBS (unlike the BBC) is not involved in radio (a separate entity, NPR, does that). But PBS is the largest and nationwide supporter of PSBs with content and network branding.

As a distributor, PBS also operates a technical capability (traditionally professional satellite distribution) for distribution of content, especially live news and public affairs. Local members can pick and choose what PBS content they show (alongside local content) and pay a fee for each programme shown, although there is some content that the local member must show and pay for in more or less the dictated timeslot. PBS has some side-businesses to help raise funds, and performs certain technical public services funded by US Federal money (e.g. emergency broadcasting in case of major weather events). I expect that PBS America on Freesat, with commercial advertising, is another of PBS's money making ventures (and amen to that).

Some of the bigger member stations, in the larger cities, are well funded and can fund and create programmes for distribution by PBS, in effect selling these through PBS to other members and handing over some rights. A couple of the bigger ones that are seen in UK TV credits are WGBH Boston and WNET New York, historically on BBC co-productions but as often as not these days ITV co-productions, usually high end drama. Notably one of the early TV chefs, Julia Child, was popularised by WGBH

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