The new content battleground might be on the other side of the Atlantic: U.K. television is increasingly being picked up for exclusive streaming deals — showing just much the media landscape has changed.
Apple (S AAPL) TV users just got another option to watch Antiques Roadshow: PBS launched an app on Apple’s streaming box Tuesday, promising access to “thousands of hours of your favorite PBS programming.” But don’t expect whole seasons of Downton Abbey: Amazon (S AMZN) got an exclusive for that show, which means that episodes only show up “for a limited window following the on-air broadcast,” according to a statement given to AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka. Also new on Apple TV: An app for Yahoo (S YHOO) Screen, Yahoo’s very own video portal.
Netflix has expanded its licensing agreement with PBS and got exclusive streaming rights to The Bletchley Circle and Super Why!. Last week, Amazon also made a deal with PBS to add more shows to Prime Instant Video.
Amazon has signed a big streaming video deal with Viacom. The multi-year agreement includes Prime Instant Video access to kids’ shows like Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, plus grownup shows like Tosh.0.
PBS showed quick social media instincts on Sunday night with a tweet inviting people to ditch the “Blackout Bowl” for some British drama. Here’s how it happened.
Amazon announced Friday that by the end of 2013, Prime Instant Video will be the only paid streaming service to offer episodes of Downton Abbey. Hulu Plus and Netflix will lose access.
Orson & Co. is a Manhattan-based startup publishing enhanced ebooks — but please, don’t call them enhanced ebooks. “We are working with artists of the old school and finding tech people who can understand their vision,” founder Richard Mason says.