Prairie Public Passport

passport rose copyPrairie Public Passport is a member benefit that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Prairie Public Passport allows you to watch even more episodes of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series. Sign up for Prairie Public Passport here!



Frequently asked questions about PRAIRIE PUBLIC PASSPORT

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What is Prairie Public Passport? 

Prairie Public Passport is a new member benefit that provides Prairie Public members extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming online and via your mobile device. This is one of the many benefits that Prairie Public provides its members.

Why is Prairie Public making this service available? 

Prairie Public Passport gives Prairie Public members another way to enjoy extended access to PBS content on platforms including computers, smartphones, and tablets.

How can I activate my Prairie Public Passport account? 

If you are an active Prairie Public member giving at least $60 (or $5 monthly), and we have a valid email address on file, you should have already received an email with the subject line “Prairie Public Passport” with activation instructions (remember to check your SPAM folders) You can enter your activation code here.

If you did not receive an email, you can still activate your Prairie Public Passport account. Call Prairie Public’s membership department during regular business hours at 800-359-6900.

I just made a donation today, why can’t I activate Prairie Public Passport?

If you gave your donation through another online form or over the phone, it may take a few days for your gift to be entered into our database and your activation code assigned. Please email and one of our staff will make sure you get your activation code as soon as possible or call Prairie Public at 800-359-6900.

I’m seeing a message that says I already activated, but I can’t remember how to sign in. 

At the time you activated, you were asked to choose one of 3 sign in methods: using your Google, Facebook, or PBS account. If you cannot remember which option you chose, you can try each one without doing any harm to your accounts. Each has its own process for resetting passwords should you need to.

I am a member of another PBS station. Am I entitled to Prairie Public Passport? 

Prairie Public Passport is only available to members of Prairie Public. However, many PBS stations across the country are introducing this new benefit to their members. Please contact your local station to find out if they are offering this service and to activate.

What kind of device do I need to view Prairie Public Passport videos? 

Prairie Public Passport can be accessed on the Prairie Public app, at, as well as on the PBS channel on Apple TV.

I’m having trouble accessing Prairie Public Passport through my Apple TV. 

Your Apple TV PBS App may be synced to a different email than the one you assigned to Prairie Public Passport. To reset your Apple TV email address, you must deactivate and reactivate the PBS app with the email associated with your Prairie Public Passport account. Please note that you do not need to reset your Apple TV general account email, just within the PBS app. This will not affect other apps within Apple TV.


  1. Within the PBS app on the Apple TV, click on Settings
  2. Click on Deactivate
  3. Exit to main Apple TV page
  4. Click on PBS app
  5. Instructions will appear on the screen instructing you to go to your computer and visit and enter the password which will be provided on the screen (note, this is not the Passport activation code)
  6. Visit, enter provided password, press enter
  7. You will be taken to a page asking you to login – using the same email affiliated with Prairie Public Passport
  8. Enter the email affiliated with Passport, enter the password set up when originally logging into Prairie Public Passport
  9. Click Sign In
  10. Apple TV PBS app will automatically be updated with this information and will have all the benefits of Prairie Public Passport

Can I view Prairie Public Passport videos outside of the United States? 

Unfortunately, due to federal copyright restrictions, Passport streaming videos can only be viewed within the United States. Online video is subject to geo-filtering, which restricts the areas that can view PBS content. PBS is legally obligated to ensure each program does not exceed its granted rights, which eliminates international streaming ability for PBS programs outside the United States.

Be assured that we would love to make programs available online in Canada. We regret not being able to offer all our content online to our supporters.

What kind of content can people find on Prairie Public Passport? 

Prairie Public Passport includes 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 Nature, Great Performances, Vicious, The Great British Baking Show, and many more.

The Prairie Public Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added.
Look for videos with this symbol. passport rose copy Those videos are only available to users who are registered for Prairie Public Passport.


Who is eligible for Prairie Public Passport? 

Prairie Public Passport is the newest member benefit available from Prairie Public 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 

PBS and Prairie Public content will continue to be available for free on, on the Prairie Public app, or the Prairie Public YouTube page. Prairie Public Passport provides additional access to a rich library of content for Prairie Public 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 be accessible to everyone.

What desktop browser do I need? 

Prairie Public Passport supports the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.

How does Prairie Public Passport align with the mission of public television? 

Prairie Public content is shared widely with the public on-air, online and on mobile devices after a program airs — that has not changed. Prairie Public Passport goes one step further by offering extended access to additional content for station donors.

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 be accessible to everyone.

I’m not seeing my favorite PBS show in Prairie Public Passport. Why not? 

Initially, several hundred hours of content will be available via Prairie Public Passport. 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.

Didn’t find your answer here? Please call Prairie Public’s membership department at 1-800-359-6900.