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DPTV Passport


DPTV Passport is a New Member Benefit

DPTV Passport is the new benefit for U.S. members that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Featuring both PBS and select local programming, DPTV Passport allows you to watch even more episodes of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series. DPTV Passport is available for an annual membership of at least $60 or $5 a month Sustainer donation.

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If you have not, email our Member Services team to add your email to your account. 

This member benefit is currently only available for U.S. members.


What is DPTV Passport?

DPTV Passport is a new member benefit which provides DPTV donors extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming online and via your mobile device. This is one of the many benefits that DPTV provides its donors along with the program guide, discounts with our partners and items like tickets, umbrellas or tote bags, based on the level of your gift.

Why is DPTV making this service available?

As more and more people are watching television content on demand on computers and digital devices, DPTV Passport gives DPTV donors a way to enjoy extended access to PBS and DPTV content on platforms including computers, smartphones and tablets.

What kind of content can people find on DPTV Passport?

At launch, DPTV Passport will include several hundred hours of programming, representing many genres, including drama, science, history, natural history and the arts. Notable titles include MASTERPIECE series such as “Downton Abbey” and “Wolf Hall,” along with other favorites such as NATURE, GREAT PERFORMANCES, VICIOUS, EARTH A NEW WILD, HOW WE GOT TO NOW, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW and many more. DPTV Passport will also include popular DPTV programs such as MIWEEK, AMERICAN BLACK JOURNAL, and DETROIT PERFORMS.

The DPTV Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added.

How can viewers find content that’s available on DPTV Passport?

Members who wish to take advantage of DPTV Passport, must activate their account for access. They will be asked to register to confirm their identity and membership status in order to start enjoying DPTV Passport.

DPTV Passport can be accessed on DPTV.org, the DPTV App for iPhone and iPad, as well as on the PBS channel on Apple TV.

To get started, look for videos with this image. passport-logo.png Those videos are only available to users who are registered for DPTV Passport. For more help getting started with DPTV Passport, watch this tutorial

Who is eligible for DPTV Passport?

DPTV Passport is the newest member benefit available from DPTV for donors with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. It cannot be purchased separately. Streaming video from DPTV – including video that is available to DPTV donors – is only available within the United States.

Will there still be free streaming on DPTV.org and PBS.org?

PBS and DPTV content will continue to be available for free on the DPTV.org website, and other digital platforms. DPTV Passport provides extended access to a rich library of content for DPTV members to enjoy.

Certain content, including kids, news and public affairs programs such as THOMAS & FRIENDS as well as FRONTLINE, PBS NEWSHOUR, INDEPENDENT LENS and POV, will be accessible to everyone.

What desktop browser do I need?

DPTV Passport supports the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

How does DPTV Passport align with the mission of public television?

DPTV content is shared widely with the public on-air, online and on mobile devices after a program airs – that has not changed. DPTV Passport goes one step further by offering extended access to additional content for station donors.

Certain content, including kids, news and public affairs programs such as THOMAS & FRIENDS as well as FRONTLINE, MIWEEK, PBS NEWSHOUR, INDEPENDENT LENS and POV, will be accessible to everyone.

I’m not seeing my favorite PBS show in DPTV Passport. Why not?

Initially, several hundred hours of content will be available via DPTV Passport. This library of content will continue to grow over time as more titles are added.

I cannot afford to donate at this time. Is there a way for me to view this content?

All broadcast content remains available to all viewers on air per our broadcast schedule and will remain online and on mobile for at least two weeks and, in some cases, longer. We believe the new arrangement allows for ample viewing of excellent content, albeit for a more limited time for some programs.

Is DPTV Passport available outside the U.S.?

Streaming video from DPTV – including video that is available to DPTV donors – is only available within the United States.

For technical questions, please call 855-875-9887

For help getting started with DPTV Passport, click HERE.

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