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PBS Launches Prime Video Docs Channel Canada Inc Ken Burns Collection


EXCLUSIVE: PBS Documentaries has launched a Prime Video channel in Canada.

Echoing its U.S. counterpart, the channel will kick off with a wealth of docs from pioneering filmmaker Ken Burns‘ collection. These will include The Vietnam War, Baseball, The American Buffalo, The U.S. and the Holocaust and Muhammad Ali.

In addition to the Burns library, it will feature the likes of Nova, Frontline, American Masters, Independent Lens, The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer and The Gilded Age. Henry Louis Gates Jr’s Gospel and Finding Your Roots will also be on the channel.

The first film about a non-American subject, Leonardo da Vinci, will be added in November, according to Burns, who said he was “thrilled that Canadian audiences will now be able to see all of our past.”

“When the channel launched in the U.S. a few years ago, it fulfilled a dream that we’d had for many years — for our full library of work to live in one easily accessible destination,” he added.

The deal was brokered by PBS Distribution, which already has a Prime Video channel in the U.S. The subscription rate will be C$5.99 ($4.36) with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video sub.

PBS Distribution President Andrea Downing said the move complements the launch of the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video channel in Canada, which carries drama such as Magpie Murders and Hotel Portofino.

“We are delighted to offer a significant volume of high-quality content, including our award-winning documentaries to fans in Canada,” she added.

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