Plex Adds FAST Channels From PBS Distribution, WNET

Free global streaming media platform Plex has launched three new FAST channels from PBS Distribution and one new FAST channel from The WNET Group.

The new lineup, available in the United States and Canada, includes “PBS Antiques Roadshow,” “Julia Child” and “Antiques Road Trip” from PBS Distribution and “PBS Nature” from The WNET Group.

In “PBS Antiques Roadshow,” viewers join GBH’s “Antiques Roadshow” for a treasure hunt at memorable locations around the country, featuring specialists from leading auction houses and independent dealers who offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. (“Antiques Roadshow” is a trademark of the BBC, produced for North America by the WGBH Educational Foundation, under license from the BBC.) 

In “Antiques Road Trip,” viewers hit the road in a classic car for a tour through Great Britain with two antiques experts as they search the local stores for treasures, competing with each other to see who can turn small budget into a small fortune at auction. Their adventures take them off the beaten path and allow them to indulge their passion for the past, learning about the little-known stories behind some of the greatest events in British history.

The “Julia Child” channel includes Child’s groundbreaking cooking series — including “The French Chef,” “Baking With Julia” and “Cooking with Master Chefs.”

“PBS Nature” brings the beauty and wonders of wildlife and natural history into the home, with episodes newly released from the library of 40 seasons of award-winning “Nature” programming including episodes voiced by Nature creator and host George Page and favorites such as the legendary story of Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies (2001); Snowflake: the White Gorilla (2005); and the persevering Druid wolf pack of In the Valley of the Wolves (2007).

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“These new channels are yet another example of our focus on adding the most recognized, popular and trusted brands in all of entertainment,” Shawn Eldrige, VP of business development and content for Plex, said in a statement. “We’re excited to expand our ever-growing FAST channel lineup and library of free movies and TV shows with fan favorite content like ‘PBS Antiques Roadshow,’ ‘PBS Nature,’ ‘Julia Child’ and ‘Antiques Road Trip.'”

“We are thrilled to bring these popular shows to Plex viewers, expanding the ways fans can watch public media content and discover a library of new favorites,” John Suydam, SVP of business development for PBS Distribution, said in a statement.