General Information

What is PBS Passport?
PBS Passport is a member benefit from participating PBS stations that gives eligible donors and supporters extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming online.  The PBS Passport library features episodes from popular programs, including 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.  Local stations give the Passport benefit to their supporters who qualify for their Passport membership benefit. Each station can set their own qualifications for Passport, but most stations give the benefit to members who donate at least $60 a year, or $5 Sustainer/Ongoing-monthly gifts. For the most accurate information, please contact your local station or visit their website. If you are interested in receiving the Passport membership benefit or are already a contributor with your local station, please contact your local station and ask about their eligibility requirements and membership activation. If you have additional questions about the Passport membership benefit, please check the list of related questions below or use the search bar above to find additional answers on our PBS Help site. 
Fri, 20 Jul, 2018 at 12:41 PM
Does PBS Passport cost anything?
PBS Passport is an added benefit available to eligible donors of participating PBS stations (i.e.: you must make a donation to your station to receive this benefit). Typically, the PBS Passport member benefit requires a station donation of at least $60 a year, or $5 Sustainer/Ongoing-monthly gifts. Keep in mind that this donation requirement may vary from station to station. Please refer to your station’s website for service eligibility requirements. Find your local station contact information by using the PBS station finder: http://www.pbs.org/about/about-pbs/stations/.
Fri, 22 Jun, 2018 at 7:57 AM
I already contribute to my local station. Can I view PBS Passport content?
Membership information is retained on a local level so please contact your local station directly to inquire about your eligibility.
Tue, 3 Apr, 2018 at 12:01 PM
What shows are available with PBS Passport?
The PBS Passport library currently offers members more than 1,000 episodes from popular shows 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. More shows are being added all the time. Due to streaming rights and legal issues, PBS is unable to distribute a list of Passport shows. If you are interested in seeing if a specific program is available for online streaming, enter the program's title in the Search Term box at this page: http://www.pbs.org/search/ Not a PBS Passport member? Contact your local station to inquire. Passport videos are designated by a blue "compass rose" icon as shown in the image below:
Thu, 3 May, 2018 at 10:28 AM
Do I need any special devices to view Passport content?
No. You can view Passport videos just by logging in to PBS.org and local station sites from your computer, smartphone and tablet.  Currently, PBS Passport content is available: via your desktop computer or laptop using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer (see your local station website or PBS.org).  on PBS Video iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets Apple TV Roku Chromecast Amazon Fire TV Amazon Fire Stick We will expand access to additional devices and platforms over time.  It should be noted that Passport is not optimized for smart TVs, though we do offer an app for smart TVs using the Android operating system. In all other cases you can use an HDMI cord, however, for optimal viewing please use one of the options listed above. *** If you have older browser versions, please update to the latest version before trying to view PBS Passport content. *** *** Keep in mind you must sign in to the website or app using the same login information that you used when activating your Passport account. *** UPDATE YOUR BROWSER: Update Safari Update Google Chrome Update Internet Explorer Update Firefox
Thu, 3 May, 2018 at 10:31 AM
Can I access Passport content on all devices and platforms?
Currently, PBS Passport content is available via: Desktop computers and laptops using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer  PBS Video Apple iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets Apple TV Apple TV 4th Generation Roku and Roku TV* Chromecast Amazon Fire TV Amazon Fire Stick Android Smart TVs Clicking on one of the above links for your respective device will take you to a help page with directions for signing in to use your Passport benefit on your device. *The PBS channel is not available on select older Roku models. The PBS channel is available on most Roku 2 models and newer. UPDATE YOUR BROWSER: Update Safari Update Google Chrome Update Internet Explorer Update Firefox It should be noted that Passport is not optimized for smart TVs, though we do offer an app for smart TVs using the Android operating system. In all other cases, you can use an HDMI cord, however, for optimal viewing please use one of the options listed above. 
Thu, 3 May, 2018 at 10:34 AM
Do I have to choose a local station to use the Passport benefit?
Yes. PBS Passport is a new member benefit from participating PBS stations and in order to take advantage of it, you must identify your station. You can select any station in the country by searching by state or zip code, or find the station that is closest to where you live. Just keep in mind that the station to which you donate when signing up for the PBS Passport member benefit is the same station you need to select on PBS.org when you want to view Passport content. For example, if you donate to KQED you can only watch Passport videos when you have selected KQED on PBS.org. Learn how to change your station If you are using the PBS Video app on a streaming device, you can change your local station through the Settings menu within the PBS Video app.
Thu, 28 Jun, 2018 at 1:21 PM
If I do not have PBS Passport, will I still be able to watch shows on PBS.org and my station's site?
Yes. Many videos can be streamed online at PBS.org and other sites and apps without requiring a Passport benefit. And of course, PBS shows will continue to be broadcast to the public over the air.  PBS Passport is a membership benefit that allows you extended access to some shows when their streaming rights have expired or they have otherwise become unavailable for general streaming.
Wed, 12 Sep, 2018 at 4:20 PM
Is PBS Passport to be used on my computer or TV?
Currently, PBS Passport content is available via: desktop computers and laptops using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer  PBS Video iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets Apple TV Roku and Roku TV* Chromecast Amazon Fire TV Amazon Fire Stick Android Smart TVs *The PBS channel is not available on select older Roku models. The PBS channel is available on most Roku 2 models and newer. UPDATE YOUR BROWSER: Update Safari Update Google Chrome Update Internet Explorer Update Firefox It should be noted that Passport is not optimized for smart TVs, though we do offer an app for smart TVs using the Android operating system. In all other cases, you can use an HDMI cord, however, for optimal viewing please use one of the options listed above. ** Watching PBS shows on your television remains the same and is not affected by PBS Passport. 
Thu, 3 May, 2018 at 10:35 AM
What desktop browsers support PBS Passport?
PBS Passport supports the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. Browsers typically auto-update, and manually updating is a simple matter. Because of this, we no longer support older browser versions. Users are expected to keep their browser up to date. UPDATE YOUR BROWSER: Update Safari Update Google Chrome Update Internet Explorer Update Firefox
Thu, 3 May, 2018 at 10:36 AM