What is WQED Passport?
WQED Passport is a new member benefit which provides WQED donors extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming online and on your mobile device. This is one of the many benefits that WQED provides its donors along with WQED Magazine and exclusive invitations to special events.
Why is WQED making this service available?
As more and more people are watching television content on demand on computers and digital devices, WQED Passport gives WQED donors a way to enjoy extended access to PBS and WQED content on platforms including computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming video devices like Apple TV.
What can I use to watch WQED Passport?
You can watch WQED Passport streaming straight to your ROKU, computer, tablet, smartphone, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV, with more devices coming soon!
What kind of content can people find on WQED Passport?
With WQED Passport you can access tens of thousands of 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, NOVA, Antiques Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, Great Performances, Vicious, How We Got To Now, The Great British Baking Show and many more.
The WQED Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added.
How can viewers find content that's available on WQED Passport?
Members who wish to take advantage of WQED 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 WQED Passport. These videos are only available to users who are registered for WQED Passport.
To find WQED Passport video, simply look for the distinctive compass icon:
Who is eligible for WQED Passport?
WQED Passport is the newest member benefit available from WQED for donors with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. It cannot be purchased separately.
Will there still be free streaming on WQED.org and PBS.org?
PBS and WQED content will continue to be available for free on the WQED.org website, and other digital platforms. WQED Passport provides extended access to the rich library of content for WQED members to enjoy.
Certain content, including kids, news and public affairs programs such as Cyberchase, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends as well as FRONTLINE, PBS NewsHour, Independent Lens and POV, will remain accessible to everyone.
What desktop browser do I need?
WQED Passport supports the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
How does WQED Passport align with the mission of public television?
WQED content is shared widely with the public on-air, online and on mobile devices after a program airs – that has not changed. WQED Passport goes one step further by offering extended access to additional content for members.
I'm not seeing my favorite PBS show in WQED Passport. Why not?
Initially, hundreds of hours of on-demand content will be available via WQED Passport along with tens of thousands of hours of content available to all. 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 WQED Passport available outside the U.S.?
Streaming video from WQED – including video that this available to WQED donors – is only available within the United States.