You must activate Passport in order to watch the video that displays the PBS Passport icon . You can still watch hundreds of hours of quality public television shows on your computer, smartphone and tablet without it. PBS Passport is simply an additional member benefit that offers eligible station donors extended on-demand access to a library of videos. It is entirely up to you whether or not you wish to activate PBS Passport. You will encounter a message asking if you want to activate PBS Passport every time you come to a video whose free streaming rights have expired. PBS Passport allows eligible members to watch some expired or archival content. 

Keep in mind that PBS is not a producer but rather a distributor of programming. Our distribution rights are fairly limited and are sometimes confined to only broadcasting. However, when PBS is allowed streaming rights they are subjected to time limitations, usually of two weeks. Passport allows extended access to many PBS shows.

If you want to learn more about accessing the PBS Passport benefit, contact your local station or read more about it in our FAQs:

See the complete list of devices that support Passport

Related topics:

What is PBS Passport?

Does Passport cost anything?

I think I already activated Passport. How do I check?

I made a donation but have not received an activation code.

I can't find my activation code, help!

Is PBS Passport available outside the U.S.?

How do I know if my Passport member benefit is activated?

How can I tell which are Passport videos?

Can I search for Passport videos only?

Which devices can I use to view Passport content?

Is PBS Passport to be used on my computer or TV?

What shows are available with PBS Passport?

If I do not have PBS Passport, will I still be able to watch programs on and my station's site for free?

I am a member of my local station, making an annual contribution for many years. Do I need to make an additional contribution in order to receive the PBS Passport member benefit?

Does Passport work with Chromecast?

Can I stream Passport content on my Apple TV?

What happened to XBox?

How do I cancel my Passport member benefit?