Ken Burns Documentary ‘Prohibition’ Makes Its Debut On iPhone & iPad Today

By Megan O'Neill 

Ken Burns fans—if you don’t have an iPhone or iPad you’ll want to get your hands on one ASAP because the king of documentary is debuting his new film ‘Prohibition’ today, September 23, on iPhone and iPad.  If you don’t have one of the Apple devices you’ll have to wait more than a full week to watch the 3-part series when it premiers on PBS TV on October 2, 3 and 4.

Darrell Etherington of GigaOM reports that, “Part of the reason behind the launching on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad first has to do with timing.”  It turns out that HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which takes place during the prohibition era, returns for a second season on September 25 and in a press release from PBS, Ken Burns said that he and others that worked on Prohibition “are huge fans of Boardwalk Empire,” and that he believes the first episode of the documentary will provide a nice background for fans of the show, just in time for the second season to debut.

Prohibition is described on the PBS website as, “a three-part, five-and-a-half hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era that it encompassed.”  Check out the sneak peek below and then read on to find out how you can watch the debut on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

You can watch Prohibition on your Apple device by downloading the PBS for iPad app or the PBS app for iPhone and iPod Touch.  In addition to giving you access to Prohibition, the apps also let you watch the most popular and current PBS programs for free.  The PBS app features over 300 videos, including previews, segments and full-length episodes.

Will you be watching Prohibition on your iPhone or Pad?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.