PBS streaming app now on Apple TV

By Andrew Lapin

Apple has signed PBS to create an app for its Apple TV set-top box service, AllThingsD reported Nov. 19.

The app will allow Apple TV users who sign in through Facebook, Google+ or PBS’s own registration system to access the pubTV network’s digital library of on-demand programs.

Previous seasons of Downton Abbey will be largely unavailable due to Amazon’s acquiring of exclusive on-demand rights to the program in June. But Apple TV users will be able to watch recent episodes of the show within a short window of their airing on PBS, including station reairings of the second and third seasons between now and December, a PBS spokesperson told AllThingsD.

The Apple app is PBS’s latest expansion into set-top content streaming. This year the pubcaster also released apps for Roku and Xbox.

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