TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 22, 2013) - Digiflare Inc., a leader in developing "TV Everywhere" experiences, is excited to announce that PBS enlisted Digiflare for the release of its PBS app for Xbox 360. The app is scheduled to launch today for Xbox Live Gold members in the U.S.
The PBS app will include hundreds of videos from PBS stations, including full-length episodes from new primetime programs as well as the PBS archives, with new national and local content updated daily. PBS programming includes full-length episodes from programs such as AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, FRONTLINE, MASTERPIECE, NOVA and SECRETS OF THE DEAD, as well as web-original video from PBS Digital Studios, winner of five 2013 Webby Awards.
Xbox 360 users will access and personalize their PBS experiences by identifying their local PBS station, which will provide them access to locally produced content along with signature PBS programs.
"We're thrilled to have helped PBS bring its content to Xbox 360. It's a unique platform that allows users to engage with content in remarkable ways" says Digiflare CEO Mano Kulasingam. The PBS Video App will allow users to find national and local content from member stations across America and stream their favorite shows effortlessly with full closed-captioning support. The app also includes support for Xbox Kinect, allowing users to enjoy PBS content with a few simple gestures or voice commands.
"After interviewing a number of leading Xbox development firms, we chose Digiflare based on their deep experience developing for the Xbox platform and their user focused approach" says Jon Brendsel, Vice President of Products at PBS. Bringing PBS to Xbox 360 presented unique challenges given that PBS' video assets were aligned with Apple's HLS video format. Digiflare's engineering team delivered a solution that seamlessly blended Apple's HLS adaptive streaming technology with Microsoft's MMPPF player. The result is a seamless PBS viewing experience for the Xbox connected user.
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 120 million people through television and over 29 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' 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. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. 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 devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS PressRoom on Twitter.
Based in Toronto, Digiflare Inc. is a digital agency focused on creating compelling user experiences by combining inspired design and new technology. Digiflare helps media companies harness the potential of Mobile, Tablet, Connected TV, Game Consoles, Web, and emerging devices to deliver Media Everywhere applications that end users fall in love with. Our proven experience, excellent process, and - most of all - our committed and highly collaborative team, has led us to numerous successful application launches.