Closing Logo Group


PBS Home Video was created in 1989 to distribute their programs on the home media market. They went through a slew of distributors, such as Pacific Arts (1989-1994), Turner Home Entertainment (1994-1997), Warner Home Video (1997-2004), and Paramount Home Entertainment (2004-2011).

In 2011, PBS formed a joint venture with WGBH Educational Foundation to expand their distribution operations, forcing PBS Home Video to sever their ties with Paramount, as well as merging their home video unit with WGBH Home Video, resulting in the creation of PBS Distribution.

PBS Home Video[]

1st Logo (1989-1998)[]

Nicknames: "Transparent Blue P-Head on Video", "PBS P-Head"

Logo: Fading in from black is the finished product of the 1989 PBS logo with a time-lapse of a cloudy sky filling the P-head. Lines come from the right side of the screen and go into the P-head's eye, after which the cloudy sky starts to fill the black background. At the same time, the P-Head fades to its usual blue color as "PBS HOME VIDEO", in blue corporate font with rippling waves, fades in below.

Closing Variant: At the end of tapes distributed by Pacific Arts, only the animation with the lines going into the P-head's eye plays.

FX/SFX: The time-lapse sky, the lines, the fade in of "PBS HOME VIDEO".

Music/Sounds: A quiet piano, string and flute sounder, followed by a female announcer saying "The following presentation is from PBS Home Video".

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • In some cases, the logo lacks the voiceover.
  • The closing variant uses an abridged version of the theme which ends on two piano and flute notes. In rare cases, the opening theme played without a voiceover.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on PBS Home Video tapes and early DVDs from Pacific Arts and Turner Home Entertainment, though the end variant (in both versions) is rare. It can be spotted at the end of some Reading Rainbow tapes of the time. Adventures from the Book of Virtues tapes, however, use the 6th PBS logo at the end instead.

2nd Logo (1998-2004)[]

Nicknames: "PBS P-Head II", "Circle PBS P-Head"

Logo: On a white background fading to a yellow-tinted version of the 1998 PBS logo's background, three P-head circles (one vermilion, one green, and one dodger blue) zoom out and merge to form a fuchsia P-head circle. When "PBS HOME VIDEO" ("PBS DVD" on DVD releases) fades in, the P-head circle turns black.

FX/SFX: The merging of the circles.

Music/Sounds: A funky drum/bass riff with a light "ding", followed by a mellow synth remix of the 1998 PBS logo's music.

Availability: Fairly common. Seen on PBS Home Video and DVD releases from Warner Home Video, such as The Secret Life of the Brain.

3rd Logo (2004-2009)[]

Nicknames: "PBS P-Head III", "Circle PBS P-Head II"

Logo: It's a variant of the 2002 PBS logo.

FX/SFX: Same as the 2002 PBS logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 2002 PBS logo.

Availability: Uncommon. It appears on PBS DVD and Blu-ray releases from the era that were distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment.

PBS Distribution[]


Nicknames: "Be More", "Be More, PBS", "PBS P-Head IV", "Circle PBS P-Head III"

Logo: The blue variant for the custom version of the 2009 PBS logo is used.

Variant: A non-anamorphic version exists. This was found on the re-releases of Ken Burns' The Civil War and Baseball (excluding the 2010 sequel The Tenth Inning).

FX/SFX: Same as the 2009 PBS logo.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 2009 PBS logo, but without a voiceover.

Availability: Currently in use on PBS DVD and Blu-ray releases.