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Get the PBS App and stream heartwarming shows like All Creatures Great & Small and Call the Midwife, plus new documentary series like Ken Burns’ American Buffalo. The PBS App features the latest news, live TV from your local PBS station, award-winning documentaries, and iconic series. Download the PBS App and stream thousands of full-length episodes anytime, anywhere!

Streaming and watching TV is made easy with the PBS App. Watch series you love and discover brand new shows, live or on demand, with PBS’s streaming app available on your mobile phone, tablet, or Smart TV.

Unlike conventional streaming apps, PBS lets you access local TV live! Stream local content with the PBS App livestream and discover your favorite local PBS station shows.

Stay up to date with the latest news; watching shows like Frontline, PBS NewsHour, and Washington Week. Catch up on your favorite British dramas with Masterpiece classics including complete seasons of Miss Scarlet & the Duke, World on Fire, Endeavour, and Sanditon. Learn about history and science with new episodes of Finding Your Roots, Antiques Roadshow, Nature, and NOVA. Discover exciting musical performances watching Great Performances and Austin City Limits. You never have to miss a show with brand new videos and episodes added daily to the PBS App.


- Connect to your local PBS station and watch your local station livestream
- Tune in to the latest from your local community on the PBS App
- Stream your local station TV channel live anytime

- Watch TV shows on demand with the PBS App
- TV shows of all genres - from drama and romance to murder and mystery
- Watch a new series and your all-time favorites
- Save episodes of your favorite TV shows to a custom watchlist

- Watch a new TV show or explore videos from the PBS archives
- Stream specially curated playlists, short films, interviews, extras, and more
- Binge TV shows of all genres on the PBS App
- Watch films, documentaries and TV shows

- Enjoy the best of streaming and entertainment with PBS
- Drama: 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, The Paris Murders, and Luna and Sophie.
- News & Public Affairs: Programs from PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Amanpour and Company, Firing Line, and Washington Week.
- Award-Winning Films & Documentaries: Discover new perspectives with Ken Burns, Independent Lens, POV, Reel South, and the PBS Short Film Festival.
- History: Antiques Roadshow, American Experience, American Masters, Origin of Everything, and Finding Your Roots, and more.
- Arts & Performances: Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center, Austin City Limits, Now Hear This, Sound Field, and more.
- Science & Nature: Explore astonishing new worlds from NOVA, Nature, Deep Look, Expedition, and more.

Passport is an added benefit of station membership. By donating to your local PBS station you can:
- Stream an expanded library of acclaimed PBS programming
- Extended and exclusive access to 1,500+ episodes of your favorite shows
- Watch past and current seasons of popular shows like All Creatures Great and Small, Endeavour, and Sanditon
- Binge watch new TV series and your favorite PBS programs, like Finding Your Roots
- Stream early releases and special collections, like Ken Burns films and Antiques Roadshow.


All Creatures Great & Small S4
Ken Burns American Buffalo
World on Fire S2
Spy in the Ocean
Funny Woman

Watch TV anywhere and stream PBS shows today.

- PBS App: https://www.pbs.org/pbs-app/
- PBS Passport: https://pbs.org/getpassport
- PBS Support: https://help.pbs.org/

What’s New

Version 5.15.0

- Addition of a "Continue Watching" area at the top of all Show Details screens, so users can start or resume watching a series more easily
- Addition of a "Continuous Play" feature at the end of videos, so users can now watch episodes of their favorite shows back-to-back without leaving the video player
- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
232.8K Ratings

232.8K Ratings

mapwim ,

World on Fire

I signed up for WETA PBS Passport last week because I wanted to see the first season of the series.
I have to watch the PBS Passport series on my IPad as I can’t get it to come in on my TV. Tonight, I tried again and managed to click on the PBS App and got to the sign in screen. Side one didn’t work, so I tried side two. Not sure how it happened but I seem to have gotten myself into You Tube, it wouldn’t let me see season one of World on Fire. So back to instructions ..next time I end up in PRIME VIDEO, I can’t tell you how, but my Prime Video account had expired since I never used it. They wouldn’t let me use my mobile phone number, as someone else is using it??? It is me!!! I need a human to walk me through what you all think is so easy.
One day, when I can turn the TV on and go to WETA PBS Passport, I will be a happy camper, but until then, I am not happy. Why does every phone call give you a ROBOT and if your question isn’t on his list he will tell you to phone the station. On Wednesday before Thanksgiving during regular office hours I always got the message..Helping someone else or in a meeting.I also so the number that was open later, but the same message. It is so frustrating.

Mayfforce ,

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.

Hootie Owl 1 ,

Season 4, Episode 6

For me the most moving yet, I’ve always loved animals & helping them, but this episode, including Helen finding out that her parents lost a child, & then suddenly realizing that it could be happening to her unborn baby…
I lost a child at 5 months, I was told by a female physicians assistant that her ultrasound must be broken, so she went & got another one, that to failed to pickup the baby’s heart beat, she said perhaps I could try another clinic, when I asked the baby’s father, he said that he was going to drive us home, I asked him to stay with me, he did not, I lost his, our baby the next day alone, so when Mrs Hill takes Helen straight away to Mr Farnon, (Dr Farnon), & Siegfried even though he’s never helped a pregnant woman before, finds the baby’s heart beat,
I watched the scene over & over, because it shows goodness in human emotion, & the way people should care for one another…for a PBS TV show to provide some sort of emotional closure, to a decades old wound, well I couldn’t give it higher praise…
I can’t even find the words … !!!


App Privacy

The developer, PBS, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
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