Passport is a member video on-demand (MVOD) system. It is a station-focused service that gives members access to great public broadcasting content whenever they want it. It is an additional benefit to membership, like your monthly Preview guide. Once the system is activated on November 16, members will receive an email from WBGU-TV with a four-word activation code and a clickable link to activate their service. Members will log in with their existing registration at PBS (if they have one), or be prompted to create one. Once you have verified your email address, you can start watching! More information will be available at wbgu.org or by calling the station at 419-372-2700.
Why is WBGU-TV making this service available?
As more and more people are watching television content on-demand on computers and digital devices, WBGU-TV Passport gives WBGU-TV donors a way to enjoy extended access to PBS and WBGU-TV content on platforms including computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming video devices like Apple TV®.
What can I use to watch WBGU-TV Passport?
You can watch WBGU-TV Passport streaming straight to your ROKU®, computer, tablet, smartphone, Apple TV® and Amazon Fire TV®, with more devices coming soon!
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What kind of content can people find on WBGU-TV Passport?
With WBGU-TV 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 WBGU-TV Passport library will continue to grow
as more series and episodes are added.
How can viewers find content that’s available on WBGU-TV Passport?
Members who wish to take advantage of WBGU-TV 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 WBGU-TV Passport. These videos are only available to users who are registered for WBGU-TV Passport.
To find WBGU-TV Passport video, simply look for the distinctive compass icon: WBGU-TV Passport Compass.
Who is eligible for WBGU-TV Passport?
WBGU-TV Passport is the newest member benefit available from WBGU-TV 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 WBGU.org and PBS.org?
PBS and WBGU-TV content will continue to be available for free on the WBGU.org website and other digital platforms. WBGU-TV Passport provides extended access to the rich library of content for WBGU-TV 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?
WBGU-TV Passport supports the latest versions of Chrome®, Firefox®, Internet Explorer® and Safari®.
How does WBGU-TV Passport align with the
mission of public television?
WBGU-TV content is shared widely with the public on-air, online and on mobile devices after a program airs – that has not changed. WBGU-TV Passport goes one step further by offering extended access to additional content for members.
I’m not seeing my favorite PBS show in WBGU-TV Passport. Why not?
Initially, hundreds of hours of on-demand content will be available via WBGU-TV 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 devices 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 WBGU-TV Passport available outside the U.S.?
Streaming video from WBGU-TV – including video that is available to WBGU-TV donors – is only available within the United States.