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What is VPM Passport?

PBS Passport is a membership benefit from VPM PBS that gives eligible supporters extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming online.

Which programs are available on VPM Passport?

The PBS Passport library features both national PBS and select local programming from VPM PBS. Popular national programs include the 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.

Who is eligible for VPM Passport?

VPM PBS members who donate at least $60 a year or $5 ongoing-monthly gifts are eligible for PBS Passport.

How do I access VPM Passport?

You can access PBS Passport by being an eligible supporter of VPM PBS.

  • If you are a first-time supporter or a member who is not yet eligible, become an eligible member by making a tax-deductible contribution of $60 annually or $5 ongoing-monthly gifts to VPM PBS online. 
  • VPM supporters go here.
  • After your donation is processed successfully, you will receive an email with your PBS Passport Activation Code.
  • If you are already an eligible member of VPM PBS and have not received an email with your PBS Passport Activation Code, please contact 804-320-1301 (WCVE)

How do I activate my VPM Passport account?

Follow these steps to activate your PBS Passport account.

  1. After you have received an email from VPM PBS with your PBS Passport Activation Code, go to this link. Your activation code is a series of four words that are each separated by a dash. (Example: cat-dog-bird-horse)
  2. Enter your Activation Code and click “Continue”.
  3. You'll then be asked to sign-in with a Facebook, Google, or a PBS account. If you already have one of those three accounts, you can click your respective option and sign in with your account. If you are not sure if you have a PBS account or would like to set one up, you can click the option “Don’t have a PBS Account? Create one now” on the right side of the page.
  4. After signing in, you will see a notice asking you to confirm your account information for PBS Passport. Select the Checkbox and click “Confirm”.
  5. Your activation is complete and you can begin watching PBS Passport videos.

How do I check the status of my PBS Passport account?

The Passport Lookup Tool can help you quickly find the status of your PBS Passport membership benefit. Simply enter your contact email address you provided to your station and click the green "Find Member" button to search for your account.

Can I watch PBS Passport on my smart TV or other media streaming devices?*

The following is a list of smart TVs and TV devices that support PBS Passport content:

  • Desktop computers and laptops using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer
  • PBS Video iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets
  • Roku devices, including Roku-based TVs
  • Apple TV devices
  • Chromecast devices, including TVs with “Chromecast Built-In”
  • Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick devices, including “Fire TV Edition” TV sets
  • Android TV devices, including Android-based Smart TVs

*Passport is not optimized for smart TVs other than those listed above. In all other cases, you can use an HDMI cord connected to a laptop. For optimal viewing use one of the options listed above.

How do I activate PBS Passport on my media streaming devices?

Visit the PBS Support homepage and select Roku, Android, iPad and iPhone, Amazon, Apple TV, or Chromecast to navigate activation guides for your device.

If I do not have PBS Passport, will I be able to watch shows on PBS.org and my station's site?

Yes. Free content can be streamed online at https://www.pbs.org/shows/and at https://vpm.org/watch without requiring a PBS Passport benefit. And of course, PBS shows will continue to be broadcast to the public over the air. PBS Passport is a membership benefit that allows you extended access to some shows when their streaming rights have expired or they have otherwise become unavailable for general streaming. PBS Passport only content is identified with a blue Passport logo in the upper left-hand corner of the video, as seen here:

Experiencing technical difficulties with PBS Passport?

Go to https://help.pbs.org/support/homefor additional support and resources.

Experiencing technical difficulties with Passport? 

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