Cosmos to debut on Apple apps before PBS broadcast


PBS announced that the first episode of NOVA’s “The Fabric of the Cosmos” will premiere exclusively on the free PBS apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. In fact, they’re already there, with the broadcast not coming until next Monday (10/31).

In the four-part series, acclaimed physicist and host Brian Greene takes viewers on a mind-bending reality check and journeys to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. With each step, audiences discover that just beneath the surface of our everyday experience lies a world we’d hardly recognize — a startling world far stranger and more wondrous than anyone expected.
The entire series will air nationally on PBS Wednesdays, November 2 – 23, 2011. Each episode will also be streamed on, timed to the national broadcast. All episodes will be available for purchase on iTunes or on DVD and Blu-ray at
“Brian Greene’s ‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’ is an amazing journey into some truly astounding theories of our universe,” said Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President, Interactive, Product Development & Innovation. “On mobile, viewers get a sneak preview of the series’ futuristic concepts and graphics leading up to the broadcast premiere and can continue their scientific exploration throughout the series.”

The PBS for iPad App features 250 hours of free video, including full-length programs, as well as TV schedules, previews and a tune-in reminder calendar that can be synched with iCal. The PBS for iPad App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at The PBS App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch at

RBR-TVBR observation: Interesting approach – a small screen tease for a series that should be more impressive on a full-sized TV screen. And, we note, only the first episode is being offered early.