Our Best Programs for National Streaming Day

Christina Knight | May 17, 2018

True Conviction (2017) on Independent Lens. A film by Jamie Meltzer.

This week and on National Streaming Day (May 20, 2018), see the best programs on THIRTEEN, streaming anywhere, anytime here and on our THIRTEEN Explore apps.

The riveting dramas and thought-provoking documentaries of PBS and THIRTEEN stream on desktop, tablet, mobile, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, but the buzz around National Steaming Day on May 20 centers on Roku, which coined the day to publicize its over-the-top viewing app. This year, Roku celebrates its 10-year anniversary with discounts through May 20.

We recommend our best picks of the week, below, to watch any way you like! Help promote our programming by letting the world know you’re watching PBS and THIRTEEN programs with the hashtag #StreamingDay.


Royal Wedding Watch

Find out what’s really important to know before the Royal Wedding this Saturday in the five-episode series Royal Wedding Watch. Join hosts Meredith Vieira and Matt Baker and U.K. royal family and etiquette experts to learn how Prince Henry and Meghan Markle prepared for this week, why certain traditions and rules exist, and what it takes to be a royal bride in training. Stream episodes now. On Sunday, the day after the wedding, you can watch a 90-minute highlights recap of the day, which will include the entire matrimony ceremony.

Staff Picks

Independent Lens: True Conviction

After serving a combined 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans — Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey, and Steven Phillips — join forces to form the unlikeliest of investigative teams, on a mission to help wrongfully convicted prisoners obtain freedom like they did. Scott, a dad, and grandfather, formed House of Renewed Hope to help fight for the gift of “a second chance at life.” In True Conviction (2017), brotherly bonds are formed out of shared hardships: lengthy prison sentences in a state that executes more inmates than any other. While being filmed, the documentary captured two of the men experiencing additional heart-breaking brushes with the criminal justice system. Stream Now.

Jazz Ambassadors

The Cold War and civil rights collide in this remarkable story of music, diplomacy and race, narrated by Leslie Odom Jr (Hamilton), and produced by THIRTEEN. Discover the story of what happened when America asked music legends Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to travel as cultural ambassadors and combat racially-charged Soviet propaganda through their music. As the film site puts it: “The untold story of America’s coolest weapon in the Cold War.” Stream now.

We recommend the best programs to stream online and on your apps in our biweekly THIRTEEN ANYWHERE newsletter.

The Smart Stuff

NOVA Wonder Series

As entertaining as it is informative, NOVA explores innovations and discoveries from the world of science and technology while highlighting the human side of science. A neuroscientist, computer scientist and mathematician host the current the six-part miniseries Wonder, which explores the frontiers of science today. Episodes include:

What Are Animals Saying visits scientists who are attempting to crack the code of animal communication.

Are We Alone? captures the hunt for clues in the universe to answer one of humanity’s biggest questions: is there life out there?

Can We Build a Brain? examines today’s artificial intelligence and asks, is it truly intelligent?

Stream starting May 24: Can We Make Life?, which looks at the revolutionary field of gene editing, Watch the preview.

Just Added

Little Women

With their father gone to the front of the Civil War, the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy come to terms with their new life alongside their mother, Marmee. This Masterpiece adaptation of the classic novel by 19th-century feminist Louisa May Alcott runs three hours. The big stars include Emily Watson as mother Marmee; Angela Lansbury as Aunt March; and Michael Gambon as neighbor Mr. Laurence. But look out for newcomers like Maya Hawke, daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, who plays the outspoken daughter Jo. The first of three episodes is available now; the second will stream Sunday, May 20. Members of THIRTEEN Passport can stream the entire production now.

How to Watch on OTT Apps

The Roku channel THIRTEEN Explore launched in December 2016, joining other THIRTEEN Anywhere products. You can add THIRTEEN Explore to Roku while in the Roku app or via the Roku site and enjoy critically acclaimed local programs and favorite PBS primetime shows.

Learn about watching THIRTEEN on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and more, here.