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MontanaPBS launches online video player

April 27, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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On May 8, MontanaPBS will officially launch an online video player to meet the needs of a growing population that gets it information and entertainment online. The new player is part of a national effort by PBS to create more new-media content.

"Our goal is to provide great services to Montanans and this player has been a focus of ours for awhile," said KUSM general manager, Eric Hyyppa. "Now we have launched a very serious, robust player to watch PBS shows on-demand."

Montana PBS is a collaborative service of KUSM at Montana State University and KUFM at The University of Montana.

"The local programming produced by MontanaPBS deserves as wide an audience as possible," says William Marcus, general manager of KUFM. "The online video player makes our shows available anywhere, anytime."

Montanans can use the video player to watch MontanaPBS' quality programs, such as "Montana Ag Live," "Backroads of Montana," "11th and Grant" and investigative reports like "Power Brokers." National PBS shows, including "PBS News Hour" "Nova," "Frontline" and "Nature" are also accessible.

"This is another way to deliver content at a different time than it is broadcast," said Hyyppa. "There is a whole generation of people who watch television online and we have answered their requests for on-demand PBS shows."

Using drop down menus, shows can be searched for by program, topic or collection. There is also a search engine to help locate programs, keywords or topics.

MontanaPBS will put as many of their broadcast shows online as possible. Online rights are different--and sometimes more difficult to obtain--than broadcast rights, so not all MontanaPBS shows can be viewed online.

MontanaPBS is available in over 150 communities statewide.

Find the MontanaPBS video player at http://watch.montanapbs.org/.

Eric Hyyppa at 406-994-6252 or eric_hyyppa@montanapbs.org or William Marcus 406-243-4154 or william.marcus@umontana.edu