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PBS and PBS Kids channels added to Roku

We got pretty excited recently when Time Warner Cable added a TWC TV Roku channel, and now UNC-TV tells us that Roku is offering PBS and PBS Kids Channels?! Masterpiece Theatre, baby!! "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" on the Roku!! (Actually, there's no guarantee regarding specific Masterpiece programs, but fingers crossed.)

According to the press release, hundreds of streaming videos will be available, including PBS programs "Masterpiece," "Nova," "Frontline," "Austin City Limits," "Antiques Roadshow" and "Nature." PBS Kids programming includes "Curious George," "Dinosaur Train" and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood."

Some UNC-TV content will also be available. "North Carolina Now" and "North Carolina Weekend" are listed in the release.

You can access the PBS content by selecting one of the PBS channels on Roku and then choosing UNC-TV (or your local public television station if you live somewhere else) and sharing your email address. (That last part means you'll probably be hearing from PBS at some point in the <cough PLEDGE DRIVE cough> future.)

You can pick up a Roku at retailers like Target or Best Buy or Amazon starting around $50 (and you can stream Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime and many other services over it).

'Curious George' teaches kids about animal shelters and pet care

Having huge soft spots for both real animals and pretend ones (Curious George, in particular), there's no way I can't post this.

In an upcoming episode of "Curious George" airing on UNC-TV, the lovable cartoon monkey will teach children about animal shelters and the importance of keeping pets safe and happy. The episode, "Where's the Firedog?", airs at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 4, on UNC-TV, with multiple repeats on UNC-KD (search the UNC-TV schedule).

In the episode, George's canine friend, Blaze, keeps running away from the firehouse and eventually ends up at an animal shelter. George and firefighter Sam learn to keep Blaze safe by putting a tag on her collar, walking her on a leash, and making sure she's never lonely. Awwww.

According to PBS Kids, "Curious George" is the #1 TV program for preschoolers. It's currently in its seventh season.

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