An image from the "American Experience" series "We Shall Remain," which is offered online at PBS's new video portal.
"Having the ability to reach a national audience through PBS.org expands our mission in a way we could not do otherwise," Oregon Public Broadcasting's president and CEO, Steve Bass, said in a statement. "For OPB-produced national series like 'Time Team America' and 'History Detectives,' the player lets us meet the audience wherever they live.
"It gives us one more way to enrich their experience."
The premiere episode of "Time Team America" debuted Wednesday on the site, well ahead of its national broadcast premiere in July.
Co-produced by OPB and Videotext Communications, "Time Team America" takes viewers to the nation's most intriguing archaeological dig sites with a team of archaeological experts. For three days, they race against the clock, uncovering the past as they unearth the site's buried secrets.
The video site ultimately will include more than just series, with feature-length films and documentaries, and live events and performances. New content is expected to be added every week.
The site will highlight specific programming but also will provide a tool for viewers to search the video offerings. The site will also give local PBS stations access to programming for their own Web sites (including www.opb.org).
"This launch illustrates our commitment to deliver PBS' signature programming to the widest possible market," said Jason Seiken, PBS senior vice president of Interactive. "Our goal is to ensure that audiences have online access to the remarkable depth and breadth of PBS programming -- in a format that puts the user in control."