PBS Video features thousands of full-length episodes, Live TV from your local PBS station, award-winning documentaries, and iconic series from PBS and member stations. Stream popular PBS shows anytime, anywhere!
Stream your favorite TV shows or discover new ones live or on demand with PBS Video. Watch all your favorites, from documentaries and independent films to dramas and musicals.
Catch up on your favorite shows or discover new episodes from Masterpiece, Ken Burns, NOVA, Nature, PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Antiques Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, American Experience, American Masters, Independent Lens, POV, Great Performances, Call the Midwife, and so much more. New videos are added daily.
Stream popular TV shows, documentaries, films, performances, and more with PBS Video.
PBS VIDEO FEATURES:
STREAM LIVE AND LOCAL
- Stream PBS shows on demand
- Watch your local PBS station’s live stream and catch up on the latest releases
- Explore a rich and varied selection of new shows and videos from the PBS archives
- Create a custom watchlist for easy viewing later
- Connect with your local PBS station and watch live TV
- Access an expanded library of acclaimed PBS programming
WATCH TV SHOWS ON DEMAND
- Watch TV shows on demand with PBS Video
- From drama and romance to murder and mystery, find something you love
- Watch new series and your all-time favorites
STREAM ALL KINDS OF CONTENT
- Explore a rich and varied selection of new shows and videos from PBS archives
- Enjoy specially curated playlists, digital shorts, extended interviews, extras, and more
- Watch documentaries, television, films, and TV shows
EXPLORE A VARIETY OF SHOWS AND GENRES
- Get swept away with dramas: All Creatures Great and Small, Miss Scarlet and the Duke, Poldark, Vienna Blood, Grantchester, Sanditon, World on Fire, Baptiste, Call the Midwife, Jamestown, and more.
- Foreign Dramas: Professor T, Seaside Hotel, and Thou Shalt Not Kill.
- News & Public Affairs: Thought-provoking programs from PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Amanpour and Company, Firing Line, and Washington Week.
- Discover new perspectives: award-winning films and documentaries from Ken Burns, Independent Lens, POV, Reel South, and the PBS Short Film Festival.
- Learn how history shapes our present with Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, American Masters, Origin of Everything, and Finding Your Roots, and more.
- Take a front-row seat with arts and performances from Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center, Austin City Limits, Now Hear This, Sound Field, and more.
- Explore astonishing new worlds with science and nature programming from NOVA, Nature, Deep Look, Expedition, and more.
WHAT’S NEW ON PBS
- Muhammad Ali (KEN BURNS)
- Guilt (MASTERPIECE)
- Sandra Day O’Connor: The First (AMERICAN EXPERIENCE)
- WICKED in Concert
- Call The Midwife S10
WHAT IS PBS PASSPORT?
Passport is an added benefit of station membership. By donating to your local PBS station you can:
- Get extended access to past and current seasons of popular shows, like Downton Abbey and All Creatures Great and Small.
- Binge watch new series and your favorite PBS programs, like Finding Your Roots.
- Stream early releases and special collections, like Ken Burns films.
- PBS Video: https://www.pbs.org/videoapp
- PBS Passport: https://pbs.org/getpassport
- PBS Support: https://help.pbs.org/
PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new worlds through trusted, educational television and digital content. With PBS, viewers can experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; hear diverse viewpoints; and take front row seats to world-class drama and performances.
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Ratings and Reviews
Great, but pay model needs help
I love the App and want more than anything to see PBS gain more momentum without falling into the capitalist trap of conforming to viewership views to bring in dollars. I’m not sure how that can be done while also enriching the access experience.
What I mean is, I would love to simply sign up through the app and pay for it monthly but not dramatically effect the way that PBS is able to sustain. The advantage of the pay model is that the content could potentially increase in quality and in quantity but there is a lot more to maintaining public television than simply scuttling funds toward content and so my thought is either allow users to select a monthly contribution of their choice or I’d even be willing to pay as much as $20 a month.
I don’t know what the best solution is. All I know is that as of today, accessing additional content can be cumbersome and confusing and because there is no way to upgrade through the app nor manage your account you can end up with multiple accounts or funding going to the wrong networks. I ended up sending donations to the network out of Pennsylvanian rather than my local network and then had to reach out to them to directly to cancel my donations.
If the app could become the primary place to manage funding, accounts and networks to reduce the complexity I’d be more than grateful.
Also, please take advantage of being able to migrate existing accounts to Login with Apple.
Great App to Watch Great PBS Shows
I love the app. I think it is wonderful to be able to watch PBS shows on my iPhone and iPad. With PBS Passport, we get to watch lots of classic and current PBS shows. You have to donate $60 a year to your local PBS station to have access to Passport, which you can do for $5 a month. I personally don’t view this as paying to watch all these great PBS show. I contribute $60 every year to my Local PBS channel because I believe it is important to fund them so we can get this type of great programming and shows on my tv. I find access to PBS Passport an added bonus.
I think that without the donation you might be able to watch current episodes of shows for free but I am not sure. Since I have access to Passport, I can watch everything. You can download the free app and see if you can watch current episodes without paying extra for Passport, which gives you access to much more programming.
One really nice feature with Passport is that for many new shows, when the first episode runs on your local PBS station, you can watch the entire season at once through Passport on the app. This is great for those who like to binge watch or can’t wait a week to see what happens in the next episode.
Nicely designed app, consider alternate fundraising
I liked the app, and it is nice to watch the shows on demand rather than on the station schedule.
After reading some of the comments of those disappointed about the premium content (which I don’t pay for), I think they have a point. Streaming doesn’t have the same costs as broadcast — it’s more expensive at scale since they have to pay for every stream and not just a fixed cost of transmission.
But I don’t think that having a tiered haves-vs-have-nots model is a good idea. Maybe they should have campaigns to unlock free content for everyone — like a kickstarter. I think there may be a lot of creative ways instead of following the same big tech and for profit models and we need public interest media to rethink this.
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