The Weekly SPI Debrief - December 16 , 2011

By Marla Krueger, Station Products & Innovation 

Welcome to the Weekly PBS Interactive Station Products & Innovation Debrief, which is designed to give PBS stations a rundown of product updates and opportunities announced this week on our blog.

This past week we held a system-wide webinar on Station Bento. Thank you to everyone who attended and for the excellent questions we've received.  If you were unable to attend the event, an archive of the webinar is available here

Also, please visit the newly updated Merlin/Station Bento Resource Center in Station Remote Control for FAQs, a Bento Glossary, and other Station Bento news. (url:

This week's Station Spotlight shines on Maryland Public Television and their "Afternoon Tea." With everyone clamoring to return to the Crawley estate for Season 2 of “Downton Abbey,” we thought we would highlight how Maryland Public Television has capitalized on our love of all things British.  Follow the URL below to keep reading. 

For our SPI Files this week we visited Phoenix, Arizona to interview Eight, Arizona PBS's Nancy Southgate. Nancy is the associate general manager of content for Eight, Arizona PBS and has been working closely with Eight Life, the station’s new lifestyle channel. What is ahead for Nancy and Eight, Arizona PBS? Keep reading to learn more.  

Finally, please note that PBS offices will be closed December 23 – 26. In addition, PBS Interactive will have a moratorium on any new product releases or updates during the week of December 26. Work will continue on existing projects, as well as any emergencies if they come up. 
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 As always, the SPI team appreciates all of your valuable comments and participation on our site this week and every week.

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