Localization

How to localize to a station in your area or your favorite PBS station.

How do I change my preferred station?
In the top navigation menu, hover over the current station logo and lick Change Your Local Station (Figure 1). Figure 1 A list of local stations appear. You can click one of the stations displayed (Figure 2.1) or select another station by clicking More Stations (Figure 2.2) Figure 2 You have two ways to search for stations: Search by Zip code by typing the zip code of the area where the station you want to localize to resides and clicking Search by ZIP Code. Search by state by clicking the Select State dropdown menu, click the state you want and click Search by State.  Figure 3 A list of available stations appear, click the station you prefer (Figure 4.1) and click Confirm Station (Figure 4.2). Figure 4 The logo of your new station is displayed (Figure 5). You can now access the current station's local TV schedule. Figure 5 Related topics: Can I choose any station in the United States? How do I make a donation? How will I know when a video is about to expire? Is there a way to find full episodes of shows that fall into a specific genre without looking at each show individually? A narrator is describing everything that happens on the shows I am watching. How do I make it stop? Can I adjust the quality of video streaming? I am getting a message that a video is unavailable in my area. Why? I want to watch a PBS program that was broadcast but is not yet available online. What are my options? Where can I find the transcript for a particular story or program? What is the benefit of creating an account? What are the system requirements to view PBS Video content? What is the Watchlist? Do I need to be signed in to use the Watchlist? Are videos ever removed from my Watchlist without my knowledge? Is there a limit to how many videos I can save to my Watchlist? Learn how to create an account
Tue, 28 Jun, 2016 at 3:54 PM
Can I choose any station in the United States?
Yes. You can select any station in the vast PBS network to be your preferred station. Keep in mind that if you make a donation to PBS, you will be directed to the donation page for the station to which you are localized. What does localized mean? Localized simply means the station you have chosen as your local station when you come to PBS.org. You an be auto-localized based on your location or you can choose the station to which you want to be localized. You can change your preferred station at any time. Learn how Related topics: How do I change my preferred station? How do I make a donation? How will I know when a video is about to expire? Is there a way to find full episodes of shows that fall into a specific genre without looking at each show individually? A narrator is describing everything that happens on the shows I am watching. How do I make it stop? Can I adjust the quality of video streaming? I am getting a message that a video is unavailable in my area. Why? I want to watch a PBS program that was broadcast but is not yet available online. What are my options? Where can I find the transcript for a particular story or program? What is the benefit of creating an account? What are the system requirements to view PBS Video content? What is the Watchlist? Do I need to be signed in to use the Watchlist? Are videos ever removed from my Watchlist without my knowledge? Is there a limit to how many videos I can save to my Watchlist? Learn how to create an account
Tue, 28 Jun, 2016 at 3:55 PM
Do I have to select a station when I come to PBS.org?
Yes. The user experience for PBS.org is built on localization. This allows the site to present content from and about your own community, which many visitors find helpful. While entering a station is necessary, you are able to choose any zip code and/or station in the entire country.   
Mon, 8 Aug, 2016 at 1:11 PM
I am in the military overseas and am unable to access PBS online programming
Due to streaming rights, we must restrict access for our online streaming as we are legally unable to offer this content outside of the United States, however, we can make exceptions for residents on US military bases stationed overseas. Please check with your IT department and provide us with an IP address for your military base and we can make an exception for your area. If you reside outside of the military base, we will unfortunately be unable to provide an exclusion for you.
Wed, 1 Nov, 2017 at 11:42 AM