WVPB Passport is a member benefit which provides West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) members extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming.
- Why is WVPB making this service available?
As more and more people are watching television content on demand on digital devices, WVPB Passport gives our members a way to enjoy extended access to PBS and WVPB content on platforms including computers, smartphones and tablets.
- What kind of content can people find on WVPB Passport?
At launch, WVPB 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. The WVPB Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added, including local productions.
- How can viewers find content that’s available on WVPB Passport?
Members who wish to take advantage of WVPB 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 WVPB Passport. Current members will receive their activation code via email or letter. New members will be assigned a code at signup.
WVPB Passport can be accessed on the WVPB website (wvpublic.org), as well as on PBS.org, the PBS Video apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and the PBS app on AppleTV when West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been identified as the member’s local station. To get started, look for videos with the compass icon (as pictured here). Those videos are only available to users who are registered for WVPB Passport.
- Who qualifies for WVPB Passport?
WVPB Passport is the newest member benefit available from WVPB for members with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. It cannot be purchased separately. Get WVPB Passport - Donate Today!
- Is WVPB Passport a service or subscription that people can purchase?
WVPB Passport is an added benefit of station membership. It cannot be purchased separately and is not a subscription service.
- Does WVPB Passport mean there will be no more free streaming on PBS.org or on wvpublic.org ?
No. PBS and WVPB content will continue to be available for free on PBS.org, wvpublic.org, and other digital platforms. WVPB Passport provides extended access to a rich library of content for WVPB 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 donors go against what PBS and member stations stand for?
PBS is committed to providing free streaming of local and national content across multiple platforms after a program airs. WVPB Passport goes one step further by offering extended access to a rich library of content for members.
- I’m not seeing my favorite PBS show in WVPB Passport. Why not?
Initially, several hundred hours of content will be available via WVPB Passport. This library of content will continue grow over time as more titles are added.
- Will PBS KIDS content be available via WVPB Passport?
There are no plans to include PBS KIDS programming in WVPB Passport at this time.
To contact WVPB Member Services:
Phone: 304-556-4900 or 888-596-9729
(Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or leave a voicemail if calling after hours)
To Contact WVPB Passport Technical Support