Here are just a few of the many services PBS provides to its member stations.
National Programming Service (NPS)
The National Programming Service (NPS) provides the highest-quality documentaries, arts, children's and news and public affairs programming. In primetime, PBS presents signature series like Frontline, American Experience, NOVA, Nature and American Masters, as well as a wide range of high-profile miniseries and specials. The NPS distributes the PBS Ready To Learn Service, which provides hours of award-winning children's programming every day.
Fundraising Programming & Syndicated Services
Fundraising programming is designed to support and enhance stations' fundraising efforts through the production and acquisition of special programming. Syndication Services is a division within PBS that was created to give stations more options in programming purchases for their local schedules. Syndication Services is comprised of two optional programming services - PBS PLUS and PBS SELECT. These services are intended to complement the National Program Service, which provides the national program schedule to PBS member stations. PBS PLUS consists entirely of fully underwritten continuing series, limited series, and specials in a variety of genres. PBS SELECT consists of programs that are selected and partially or fully funded by stations on a title-by-title basis to help them enhance and differentiate local programming services. PBS ALOFT, an in-flight program service, makes PBS programs available on airlines such as United and Delta.
PBS also offers four fulltime channels: the PBS National Satellite Service for C-Band, which is broadcast to the backyard (TVRO) audience; the PBS National Satellite Service for DBS, which is broadcast on DirecTV and DISH Network; PBS YOU (which is available on both DirecTV and DISH Network); and the PBS KIDS Channel, offered on DirecTV. All satellite services are made possible by viewer support of local PBS stations.
PBS YOU is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week program service offering viewers the best formal and informal education programming on television-- including adult learning, foreign language instruction, How-To, and educational documentaries.
The PBS KIDS Channel, the first 24-hour television service featuring PBS programs that kids love and parents trust, launched on September 6, 1999. Currently 39 PBS member stations carry the channel, reaching nearly 7 million U.S. households. The PBS KIDS Channel features the three most popular preschool series on television Arthur, Clifford, Dragon Tales and Jay-Jay The Jet Plane. Other PBS Ready To Learn favorites offered on the PBS KIDS Channel include Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Barney & Friends, Caillou, Teletubbies, Zoboomafoo, and ZOOM.