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Passport Frequently Asked Questions

What is PBS Hawai‘i Passport?
PBS Passport is a member benefit from participating PBS stations that gives eligible donors and supporters extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming online.

Why is PBS Hawai‘i making this service available?
As more and more people are watching television content on-demand on digital devices, PBS Hawai‘i Passport gives PBS Hawai‘i donors a way to enjoy extended access to PBS and PBS Hawai‘i content on platforms including computers, smartphones and tablets.

What kind of content can people find on PBS Hawai‘i Passport?
The PBS Passport library currently offers members more than 1,000 episodes from popular shows like American Experience, American Masters, Antiques Roadshow, Nature, NOVA and Masterpiece — including all six seasons of Downton Abbey. In addition to these signature series, the library is full of public television’s acclaimed arts, science, history and lifestyle programs; including How We Got to Now, Earth a New Wild, Austin City Limits and a rotating selection of films from Ken Burns. More shows are being added constantly. PBS Hawai‘i Passport also includes popular PBS Hawai‘i programs such as Nā Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song archives. The PBS Hawai‘i Passport library continues to grow as more series and episodes are added.

How can viewers find content that’s available on PBS Hawai‘i Passport?
Donors who wish to take advantage of PBS Hawai‘i Passport, must activate their account for access. They will be asked to register to confirm their identity and membership status, and then they can start enjoying PBS Hawai‘i Passport.

PBS Hawai‘i Passport can be accessed on the PBS Hawai‘i website, as well as on PBS.org, the PBS Video apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and the PBS app on AppleTV when PBS Hawai‘i has been identified as your local station.

Who qualifies for PBS Hawai‘i Passport?
PBS Hawai‘i Passport is available from PBS Hawai‘i for donors with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. It cannot be purchased separately.

Is PBS Hawai‘i Passport a service or subscription that people can purchase?
PBS Hawai‘i Passport is an added benefit of station support. It cannot be purchased separately and is not a subscription service.

Does PBS Hawai‘i Passport mean there will be no more free streaming on PBS.org or on PBS Hawai‘i website?
No. PBS and PBS Hawai‘i content will continue to be available for free on pbs.org, pbshawaii.org and other digital platforms. PBS Hawai‘i Passport provides extended access to a rich library of content for PBS Hawai‘i supporters to enjoy.

Certain content, including news and public affairs programs such as FRONTLINE, PBS NEWSHOUR, INDEPENDENT LENS and POV, will always be accessible to everyone.

Doesn’t having a subset of content only for donors go against what PBS and PBS Hawai‘i stands for?
PBS is committed to providing free streaming of local and national content across multiple platforms after a program airs. PBS Hawai‘i Passport goes one step further by offering an extended access to a rich library of content for station donors that is no longer available for free streaming.

Certain content, including news and public affairs programs such as FRONTLINE, PBS NEWSHOUR, INDEPENDENT LENS and POV, will always be accessible to everyone.

I’m not seeing my favorite PBS show in PBS Hawai‘i Passport. Why not?
This library of content continues to grow over time as more titles are added.

Will PBS KIDS content be available via PBS Hawai‘i Passport?
There are no plans to include PBS KIDS programming in PBS Hawai‘i Passport at this time.