Availability of certain videos on the PBS.org player and our mobile apps has recently changed. PBS.org and our mobile apps continue to offer access to hundreds of hours of recently broadcast programming, as well as past episodes of popular series, and news, public affairs and independent film series such as FRONTLINE, PBS NEWSHOUR, INDEPENDENT LENS and POV.
Many full episodes of shows such as Downton Abbey and Mercy Street are available for free streaming for two weeks after original television broadcast. So for instance, when Downton Abbey airs on television on Sunday night, it is available for free streaming on PBS.org on Monday and for two weeks after. After the two-week period is up, the free streaming rights for the episode have expired.
Some stations offer a new member benefit called PBS Passport that gives eligible donors and supporters extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming online. The PBS Passport library currently offers members more than 1,000 episodes to watch, with new PBS programs being added weekly. The library features episodes from popular programs like American Experience, American Masters, Antiques Roadshow, Nature, NOVA, and Masterpiece — including all six seasons of Downton Abbey. In addition to these signature series, the library is full of public television’s acclaimed arts, science, history, and lifestyle programs; including How We Got to Now, Earth a New Wild, Austin City Limits, and a rotating selection of films from Ken Burns — currently Jazz is available.
If you are interested in the PBS Passport member benefit or are already a contributor, please contact your local station and ask about eligibility and membership activation.