Arlington, VA –January 17, 2023–This February the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada is filled with crime, mystery and intrigue as new programs arrive on the channel. They include “DI Ray” (starring Parminder Nagra), a gripping four-part series that follows newly promoted DI Rachita Ray as she takes on a case that forces her to face a lifelong conflict. And “Walter Presents: Acquitted” the highly successful Norwegian series about a businessman who returns to his hometown years after he is acquitted of his high school sweetheart’s murder.

The PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada consists of binge-worthy British and international drama series and movies from producers like MASTERPIECE, Walter Presents and other critically acclaimed producers. The subscription rate for the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video ChannelCanada is CDN $6.99/month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Every purchase helps support public television for all.

Information about each of the programs is below:

DI Ray

DI Ray

Streaming Date: February 20, 2023
Episodes: 4
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English

Parminder Nagra, (“The Blacklist,” “Bend it Like Beckham”) stars as Rachita Ray, a police officer who has recently been promoted to Detective Inspector. She is asked to join a homicide investigation that is deemed a “CSH” or “Culturally Specific Homicide” which she suspects she’s chosen for due to her ethnicity rather than her ability as a police officer. However off-put she feels, Rachita sticks to the case, determined to find the killer by delving deep into the dangerous world of organized crime, while also calling out the obvious biases her colleagues bring to the case. As the investigation continues, Rachita is also faced with the realization that she’s been avoiding the truth about her identity.


Walter Presents: Acquitted

Streaming Date: February 17, 2023
Episodes: 10
Genre: Crime-Drama
Language: Norwegian With English Subtitles

“Acquitted”achieved the biggest launch ever in Norway when it premiered in 2015. The series follows Aksel Borgen, a successful businessman who is asked back to his hometown in rural Norway after spending 20 years in Asia to save the town’s main company from bankruptcy. But Borgen, who left after being acquitted of the murder of his high-school girlfriend is haunted by his past.

Other Titles Coming to the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel in Canada in February:

Walter Presents: Angel of Death, Season 2 –2/3

Walter Presents: Saving Lisa –2/10

Walter Presents: Dead Lake –2/10

Walter Presents: Dicte –2/24

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Walter Presents launched January 2016 in the U.K. as a video-on-demand service, founded by Jason Thorp, Walter Iuzzolino and Jo McGrath. Dedicated to showcasing award winning foreign language drama, the service is named after its curator, Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan.  In March 2017, Walter Presents launched as an SVOD platform in the U.S., with the New York Times hailing it as a “chic TV boutique with a foreign accent.” Walter Presents launched in Italy September 2018, its first roll-out in mainland Europe, on Discovery’s Nove, Giallo and Dplay channels. In October 2018 Walter Presents partnered with PBS Distribution in the US, to make premium foreign language drama available on PBS Masterpiece on the Amazon Prime Video channel. Additionally, select top-tier titles chosen by PBS are also broadcast on PBS stations and streaming on PBS Passport, a digital member benefit available through local stations. In February 2019 Walter Presents increased its US distribution further launching on Comcast Xfinity X1 and later in June Walter Presents launched on the Roku Channel.  In 2019 Walter Presents teamed up with Medialaan to make the service available to Flemish audiences on their newly launched digital channel StreamZ, and also joined forces with S4C to make its dramas available in Welsh. In 2020 we partnered with TVNZ on their VOD service, launched Walter Presents in Russia exclusively on Start, Russia’s fastest growing SVOD platform, and launched our channel on PBS Masterpiece in Canada. In 2021 Walter Presents partnered with Australia’s largest streaming service, Stan, and launched in Latin America with market leader DMD’s streaming service Cindie. From 2022 we will be available on C More in Scandinavia with over 500 hours of content.

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PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, entertaining audiences across platforms and formats. The company, a joint venture of PBS and GBH Boston, provides premium content through multiple digital channels and video services.  PBS Distribution operates six subscription streaming channels — PBS Masterpiece (US and CA), PBS KIDS, PBS Living, PBS Documentaries and PBS America (U.K.)  as well as numerous Free Ad-supported Streaming TV (FAST)  Channels in the U.S and U.K.  In addition, the company reaches viewers through Transactional Video-on-Demand (TVOD), Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) licensing, Advertising-based Video on Demand (AVOD), DVD and Blu-ray, theatrical releasing, educational platforms, non-theatrical and inflight sales, and serves broadcasters and producers providing  program sales and co-production financing.

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators the highest quality factual, scripted, and children’s programming including films from Ken Burns, hit series from MASTERPIECE and foreign language dramas from Walter Presents, entertaining and educational PBS KIDS series, and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and many independent producers. For over 10 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers. 

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