A lot of network and cable-based services provide viewing apps through game consoles as of late, particularly the Xbox 360. Now, public broadcasting has joined the party.

PBS, America’s Public Broadcasting Service, has announced that it has launched an application that allows for viewing of its programming on Microsoft’s game console. These include programs like Frontline, Nova, American Experience and Downton Abbey. Users will be able to identify their local PBS station, which will also give them access to local programming as well.

The catch You need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber in order to take part.

“This launch is an important next step in our strategy to make PBS content available through a variety of platforms, while maintaining the connection between the viewer and their local PBS station,” said Jon Brendsel, Vice President of Product Development, PBS Digital. “While PBS member stations will always be the first place to find high-quality PBS programming, the launch of our Xbox 360 offering recognizes that viewers are looking to engage with their local station in the time and manner they choose.”

“As one of America’s favorite destinations for high-quality content on television and online, PBS is a great addition to our expansive lineup of entertainment experiences on Xbox 360,” said Kathy Styponias, General Manager, Interactive Entertainment Business. “The addition of PBS is another example of how we’re continuing to expand our catalog of entertainment so that Xbox Live members can find all of their favorite experiences in one place.”

No word yet if the services will come to the Xbox One, but that seems like a logical step.

Source: PBS