PBS Launches Antiques Roadshow Game App

PBS has announced the App Store debut of the PBS App for iPhone and iPod touch, featuring more than 300 hours of free video, including full-length programs.

It also launched the PBS Antiques Roadshow game app, available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The app lets players virtually collect, appraise and bid on real antiques with new collectibles from different cities added regularly.

“With a huge library from nearly 360 member stations and 1500 public media producers, PBS is delivering a rich on-demand experience and is now one of the first broadcasters to bring full-length video to the iPhone,” said Jason Seiken, SVP, PBS Interactive, Product Development and Innovation.

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With some of the recent innovative steps, PBS is emerging as a leading content company in the new-media universe.

A few days ago it said that the first full episode of the multi-part series Circus will premiere on PBS for iPad. The episode was made available for streaming in advance of the broadcast premiere.

Moreover, PBS has announced the beta launch of a new PBS.org, featuring local content from member stations, full TV episodes from series and auto-localization features. (Read: Circus to Premiere on PBS for iPad)

The PBS App for the iPhone and iPod touch features more than 300 hours of free video, including full-length programming from FRONTLINE, PBS Newshour, and others, as well as scheduling details, previews, and a new tune-in reminder calendar that can be synced with iCal.

This app was developed by PBS and mobile app development firm Bottle Rocket Apps. It comes on the heels of the PBS App for iPad.

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Based on the television series, the Antiques Roadshow App aims to bring out the expert collector and appraiser in every Roadshow fan. Dozens of unique game challenges let players collect and store hundreds of virtual antiques based on images of real objects and actual values.

Players appraise and learn about each item’s history and value. Expert players can unlock a free play mode and scoop up extra rare items for their treasure chest.

Part adventure, part history lesson, and part treasure hunt, eight-time Emmy-nominated Antiques Roadshow marks its fifteenth season in 2011.

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The PBS App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

The Antiques Roadshow App is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

PBS made the announcement Saturday, Jan. 8.

Photo courtesy: PBS

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Rakesh Raman