‘Somewhere South,’ ‘Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street’ and ‘Mind of a Chef’ Streaming on PBS Living Channel in March

PBS Distribution is bowing seasons of three cooking shows in March on the PBS Living Prime Video Channel: six episodes of the new series “Somewhere South,” the third season of “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street” and the first two seasons of “The Mind of a Chef.”

The subscription rate for the PBS Living Prime Video Channel is $2.99 a month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 a month with no additional annual fees.

Available now are seasons one and two of “The Mind of a Chef,” combining travel, cooking, history, science, and humor into one culinary journey. The series goes inside the kitchen and mind of acclaimed chefs from around the globe. Examining the intricacies of what it takes to become a remarkable chef, season one, narrated by Anthony Bourdain, follows David Chang who has earned almost every major cooking award. Chang travels to Japan to speak about his ramen roots and then to Montreal with comedian Aziz Ansari to satiate his thirst for culinary inspiration. Season two is split into two parts, following chefs Sean Brock and April Bloomfield, with eight episodes on each. Brock is renowned for his expansion and preservation of traditional Southern cooking traditions and through extensive historical research, his cuisine has shined a spotlight on the varieties of crops that once made America the envy of the world. British-born Bloomfield got drunk with friends the night before her police academy exam and overslept her chance to join the force, eventually leading to April becoming known as one of the most innovative chefs of her generation. April wrestles with the demands of opening a new restaurant, tests menu ideas, obsesses over ingredients, and cooks with her mentors and contemporaries.

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Due March 23 is season three of “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street,” in which Kimball and his team travel the globe searching for techniques and ingredients that can transform home cooking, producing better dishes and in less time. Viewers travel along from the very first bite to a perfectly executed recipe. The team travels to Mexico, Lebanon, France, Thailand, Italy, Australia and many other countries. They might find a new way to use spices, a simpler way to cook chicken, a fresh combination of spices or tricks and techniques that turn classic dishes into something a little more unique.

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Coming March 28 are six episodes of the new show “Somewhere South,” in which celebrity chef, author, restaurateur and award-winning host for PBS’ “A Chef’s Life,” Vivian Howard, hosts a culinary journey that explores the cultural twists on classic dishes and new traditions that are being formed in the American South. Howard examines popular dishes such as dumplings, hand pies, porridge and many others and speaks on how these dishes change from culture to culture. In North Carolina, Howard tries the collard sandwich, a staple of Lumbee Indian cuisine in the Carolinas. Then she goes to West Virginia to eat pepperoni rolls, a dish inspired by coal miners. She travels to Charleston, where rice is king, and enjoys grits along with other rice dishes that are among the favorites of South Carolina’s bustling food scene.

 

Percentage of U.S. Households With Multiple OTT Subs Has Jumped by 130% Since 2014

The percentage of U.S. households with multiple OTT subscriptions has increased by 130% since 2014, according to Parks Associates research.

In 2019, 46% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to two or more OTT services. The report, Partnering, Aggregation, and Bundling in Video Services found only 33% subscribed to multiple services in early 2017 and 20% in 2014.

“The number of OTT services available in the U.S. increased by 140% in five years, giving consumers an unprecedented number of options to meet their video needs,” said Parks Associates senior analyst Steve Nason in a statement. “Most OTT households are anchored by one of the three major OTT services — Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video — but consumers are finding they can’t fulfill all their interests through a single service. Many small and medium-sized services are building their brand and subscriber base by filling in these gaps in content.”

Several trends in the video services industry are shaping partnerships, including intense competition, the move of content providers to launch direct-to-consumer offerings, the lack of differentiation among OTT services, and the existing infrastructure and consumer relationships among larger players, according to Parks.

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While overall adoption and awareness of OTT video services as a category are high, awareness of any specific individual service is low, which will make it difficult for smaller services to match the scale, revenues, and marketing efforts of larger players, according to the research firm.

Parks Associates research shows nearly three in 10 OTT services in the United States are on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels aggregation platform, more than four times the rate from two years ago.

“Netflix can afford to license high-value content like ‘Seinfeld’ to supplement its original content, and Apple can buy commercial space during the Emmys and NFL games to promote its upcoming Apple TV+ service and its array of content and stars,” Nason said in a statement. “By contrast, smaller OTT services are having to harness the power of a partnership with an aggregator, bundling or content partner, or marketing and promotion partner to boost awareness of their brand and offerings.”

Additional findings include:

  • More than half (53%) of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT service and a pay-TV service;
  • Nearly three-quarters subscribe to an OTT video service, up from 52% in 2014; and
  • Among the OTT video services available in the United States, approximately 90 have fewer than 50,000 subscribers and 72 have fewer than 20,000.

PBS Kids Launches Spanish-Language Shows on Amazon Prime Video Channel

PBS Distribution has launched Spanish-language versions of a variety of PBS Kids programs on the PBS Kids Amazon Prime Video Channel.

Spanish-language versions of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Scigirls,” “Cyberchase” and “Caillou” debuted on the PBS Kids Amazon Prime Video Channel May 24.

“We’re excited to expand our PBS KIDS channel offering to include a selection of episodes presented in Spanish,” said Andrea Downing, co-president, PBS Distribution, in a statement. “Our aim is to provide educational and entertaining programming for all kids, and this expansion helps further that mission.”

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The launch includes a total of 30 episodes of PBS Kids programming available in Spanish. Subscribers of the PBS Kids Amazon Prime Channel will not need to pay any extra fee for the newly available programs.