PBS America launches on Freeview

American factual programming channel launches on channel 94

UK, London, 13 December 2017; PBS America, the British TV channel from America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) today launches on Freeview channel 94. The announcements marks Freeview’s 12th and final channel launch of 2017.

Since launching in the UK, PBS America has carved out a niche in quality, factual programming, including showcasing the American public service broadcaster's multi-award-winning NOVA, FRONTLINE and American Experience strands.

Highlights this Christmas and New Year include the brand-new FRONTLINE investigation, PUTIN'S REVENGE (9pm, Friday 22 December), the four-part American Experience WALT DISNEY (Christmas Eve), as well as PBS's highest rating TV series ever, THE CIVIL WAR (Saturday 30 December) and JAZZ (New Year's Day) both by legendary filmmaker, Ken Burns.

“PBS America is an excellent addition to the Freeview channel line-up, and will offer our viewers an even wider choice of quality factual programming. This announcement concludes a busy year of launches for Freeview, marking the twelfth and final channel launch of 2017.” 

Launching on Freeview channel 94 will bring PBS America to millions of new homes for the first time.  Viewers who were recently engrossed by Ken Burns' THE VIETNAM WAR on BBC Four, which was commissioned by PBS, will find a lot more to enjoy on the channel.   

To receive PBS America viewers will need to be within coverage and be watching through Freeview HD or Freeview Play devices. Some viewers may need to retune. Viewers can check predicted coverage at: www.freeview.co.uk/channels-at-your-address


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About Freeview

Freeview is the biggest and best loved TV platform in the UK. Giving viewers access to 70 TV channels, 15 HD channels at no cost and over 25 radio stations through an aerial. The service is free from subscription, so there’s no monthly cost. Freeview launched its connected TV service, Freeview Play, in 2015 which gives viewers the choice to watch what they want, when they want in a simple way. As with all Freeview products, it’s subscription free and works with all existing broadband providers.

Freeview is managed by DTV Services Ltd, a company owned and run by its five shareholders: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Arqiva.

About PBS America

PBS America is the British television channel from America’s Public Broadcasting Service. The London-based channel team curate a rich and varied schedule comprised of PBS’s best new shows and treasures unearthed from its enviable archive.  Landmark series created by legendary filmmaker Ken Burns, such as The Civil War, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl and Jazz – sit alongside FRONTLINE’s hot-off-the-press investigations that boldly confront the issues challenging the world today.    NOVA turns the latest scientific thinking into fascinating television, while PBS’s award-winning history strand, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. PBS America is a joint venture between Quadra Group, a private international organisation with interests in the energy, media and venture philanthropy sectors, and PBS Distribution (PBSd), which holds the international rights to the majority of PBS’s programming.