You must activate Passport in order to watch the video that displays the PBS Passport message. 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.