PBS Retro

No matter what generation you are, PBS is always associated with quality and kid friendly content. Primarily since that space is cornered by Disney and those YouTube bros., there is a lot of older content that has some serious quality. PBS has just launched a new free ad-supported channel, PBS Retro. It will drop some classic nostalgia factor from the 80’s and 90’s.

Currently, PBS Retro is available on the Roku Channel. It’s a 24/7 channel that airs shows like Reading Rainbow, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, Thomas and Friends, and Krafft’s Creatures. This isn’t the only channel available on Roku with PBS content. It has other ad-supported channels like PBS Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Road Trip, PBS Food, Julia Child and PBS Nature.

PBS Retro brings our childhood for all to see

This is a lovely option given that PBS does have a bit of an annoying subscription-based service. I used to use their PBS Passport, but always found it difficult to navigate and clunky. Plus, the content hidden behind their paywall was quite frustrating.

It seems the company has learned a lot from the ad-supported model. The organization says it’s in the “early days of experimentation” with a goal of making PBS content “available in new places.” It will “continue to consider additional opportunities” if these FAST channels increase revenue and brand awareness.

This would be a great model since many consumers are opting for free ad-supported television content. With platforms like Pluto TV, Xumo, and Sling’s Freestream, it makes sense to give people sone educational content this isn’t solely based around Bob Ross. Primarily when it comes to the conversation about where they can see him live.

As someone who has the Roku Channel, I find it a bit redundant, given that I am an avid watcher of Pluto TV. Not only because it runs three Star Trek channels and a Bar Recuse one. However, if they add Electric Company on that PBS Retro, I am so there.

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