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).