PBS Hawaii | Passport Frequently Asked Questions

PBS Hawaii Passport, your new member benefit

 

  1. What is PBS Hawai‘i Passport?

PBS Hawai‘i Passport is a new benefit which provides PBS Hawai‘i supporters extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming. This is one of the many benefits that PBS Hawai‘i provides its donors.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. What kind of content can people find on PBS Hawai‘i Passport?

At launch, PBS Hawai‘i 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 VICIOUS, EARTH A NEW WILD, HOW WE GOT TO NOW, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW and many more. PBS Hawai‘i Passport will also include popular PBS Hawai‘i programs such as Na Mele archives. The PBS Hawai‘i Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added.

 

  1. 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. To get started, look for videos with the compass icon. Those videos are only available to users who are registered for PBS Hawai‘i Passport.

 

  1. Who qualifies for PBS Hawai‘i Passport?

PBS Hawai‘i Passport is the newest benefit 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

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

 

  1. I’m not seeing my favorite PBS show in PBS Hawai‘i Passport. Why not?

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

 

  1. 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.