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WVIZ Passport FAQs:

What is WVIZ Passport?

WVIZ Passport is a new member benefit which provides ideastream members extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming. This is one of the many benefits that ideastream provides to all qualifying members—including 90.3 and WCLV supporters.

What kind of content can people find on WVIZ Passport?

The WVIZ Passport library currently offers members more than 1,000 episodes to watch, with new programs being added weekly. The library features episodes from popular programs like American Experience, American Masters, Antiques Roadshow, Nature, NOVA, and Masterpiece—including all five 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. WVIZ Passport also includes popular WVIZ programs such as Applause and Ideas.

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

How do I activate WVIZ Passport?

How can I watch Passport programs with a Roku Device, Apple TV or Amazon Fire TV?

Click the device logo to view step-by-step instructions.

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

Members who wish to take advantage of WVIZ 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 WVIZ Passport.

WVIZ Passport can be accessed on ideastream.org, as well as on PBS.org, the PBS Video apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and the PBS app on Apple TV when WVIZ/PBS has been identified as the member’s local station. To get started, look for videos with the compass icon: . Those videos are only available to users who are registered for WVIZ Passport.

I’m having trouble loading a video, accessing Passport on a device or some other technical issue.

For all technical issues, please visit PBS Help, submit a support ticket or call 844-532-9849 (Mon-Fri, 10am-11pm ET).

More Questions:

Who qualifies for WVIZ Passport?

WVIZ Passport is the newest member benefit available from ideastream for members with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. It cannot be purchased separately.

Is WVIZ Passport a service or subscription that people can purchase?

WVIZ Passport is an added benefit of station membership. It cannot be purchased separately and is not a subscription service.

Does WVIZ Passport mean there will be no more free streaming on PBS.org or on the WVIZ website?

No. PBS and WVIZ content will continue to be available for free on PBS.org, WVIZ website, and other digital platforms. WVIZ Passport provides extended access to a rich library of content for WVIZ members 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 members go against what PBS and WVIZ stands for?

PBS is committed to providing free streaming of local and national content across multiple platforms after a program airs. WVIZ Passport goes one step further by offering an extended access to a rich library of content for station members.

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 WVIZ Passport. Why not?

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

Will PBS KIDS content be available via WVIZ Passport?

There are no plans to include PBS KIDS programming in WVIZ Passport at this time.