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PBS Shows added to iTunes

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Oct 10, 2006.

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    Category: Videos
    Link: PBS Shows added to iTunes
    Description:: PBS today joined the iTunes family and added 7 shows to the iTunes Store. The offerings range from children’s programming (Arthur, Cyberchase, and FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman), to more adult programming discussing science and politics (NOW, NOVA, and Scientific American Frontiers). Also added is the popular (among the eBay crowd anyway) Antiques Roadshow.

    Of note: all episodes are listed at the same $1.99 price as other iTunes television programming, with the exception of the Nova programs, which for some reason are listed at $7.99 for each 1-hour show.

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    NOVA programs have typically been available on VHS/DVD for $19.99-$39.99 so $7.99 sounds like a bargain.

  3. Moderator emeritus


    Now I just want me some best of Sesame Street! :)
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    If you buy more than a handful of them, it's time to invest in a EyeTV, Mythtv, or Media Center.

    But for those of you who must.... Nova's "MARS Dead or Alive" is the best documentary ever. The rest of the current Nova episodes offered are some of their best episodes.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    What about 'This Old House'?! :confused: :)
  6. macrumors 65816



    Seriously! I want This Old House, and Hometime.

    Not to mention British comedies (Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, Black Adder, ...)
    Although, perhaps these should be released by the BBC.
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    Wait, and what about the show where the guy does all the woodwork using human-powered tools? And of course that painter who did landscapes and had the crazy afro? Ahhh, this is such a godsend. :D
  8. macrumors 6502

    I wasn't completely upset at the lack of TV in the Dutch iTunes Store until this moment... I love Arthur :) That's right, present tense.
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    Their show on M theory wasn't too shabby either. ;)
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    You mean "The Woodwright's Shop" with Roy Underhill and "The Joy of Painting" with Bob Ross?
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    Yeah, complaints that NOVA should be $1.99 instead of the $7.99 lacks perspective. (See the comments following the original article.) They're literally charging half the movie price for one hour of programming which cost an exorbitant amount of $$$.

    And, I must say, it's about time PBS joined the game.
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    Too bad about NOVA being so expensive... I'd have bought a few otherwise.
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    Does it help if you think of it as $1.99 + a $6 donation to your local PBS station (minus the tax deduction). :p

  14. macrumors member

    Oh wow, I'm seriously really excited for this :)

    Although they don't have Frontline, Newshour w/ Jim Lehrer, and other one-time documentaries, this is a great start.

    As for NOVA being more expensive, I don't mind at all, as long as Apple isn't taking that extra $6.

  15. macrumors 65816


    If "The Joy of Painting" ever comes out on iTunes, I would be all over that in a heartbeat. Bob Ross is 100% pure awesomeness. :)
  16. macrumors G5


    1,000 happy little trees in your pocket.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Ooh, me too! Did you know they're making a Bob Ross video game for the Wii?
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    Yeah, I read it over at ign a couple months ago. Sounds pretty cool!

    I miss Bob Ross. I used to watch that show all day long whenever I was sick in gradeschool/middle school- it's very relaxing and makes you feel so much better. That, and the Price is Right- best show ever. :)
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    Thank you! That phrase just made up for an uncharacteristically bad week. Now I'm beginning the weekend with a crazy grin.

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