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WHYY Passport

WHYY has introduced WHYY Passport, a new member benefit which gives WHYY members who make a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more extended on-demand access to a rich library of great public television programming.

Members must activate their account for access to WHYY Passport. You will be asked to register to confirm your identity and contributor status, and then you can start enjoying WHYY Passport. WHYY Passport can be accessed on the WHYY website, as well as on PBS.org when WHYY 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 WHYY Passport.


How Do I Access Passport?

How do I view WHYY Passport videos?
Members who wish to take advantage of WHYY Passport must activate their account for access. They will be asked to register to confirm their identity and membership status in order to start enjoying WHYY Passport. For more information on how to activate your account, please see below.

To access WHYY Passport with your activated account, visit video.whyy.org. To get started, look for videos with . Those videos are only available to users who are registered for WHYY Passport.

How to Activate Passport (PDF) »

I'm a current member and I received a Passport email
If you are a current member who has made a gift of $60 or more, you should have received an email from PBS containing a unique four-word activation code. This activation code is what you will use to validate your membership with WHYY. Enter your activation code here: http://www.pbs.org/passport/.

I'm a current member but didn't receive an email
If you did not receive your activation code, please contact Member Services at 215-351-0511 during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday or email memberservices@whyy.org.

New or upgrading members
With a gift of $60 or more, you can become a member of WHYY and gain immediate access to WHYY Passport. Make your gift here.


Watch: How To Activate Your WHYY Passport Account


I Need More Information: Passport FAQs

What is WHYY Passport?
WHYY Passport is a new member benefit which provides WHYY members extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming. This is one of the many benefits that WHYY provides its members, along with the WHYY MemberCard, discounted admission to WHYY events, discounted rates for WHYY education courses, and more.

Why is WHYY making this service available?
As more and more people are watching television content on demand on digital devices, WHYY Passport gives WHYY members a way to enjoy extended access to PBS and WHYY content on platforms including computers, smartphones and tablets.

What kind of content can people find on WHYY Passport?
At launch, WHYY 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 WHYY Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added.

How can viewers find content that’s available on WHYY Passport?
Members who wish to take advantage of WHYY 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 WHYY Passport.

WHYY Passport can be accessed on the WHYY website, as well as on PBS.org, the PBS Video apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Roku, and the PBS app on AppleTV when WHYY 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 WHYY Passport.

Who qualifies for WHYY Passport?
WHYY Passport is the newest member benefit available from WHYY 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 WHYY Passport a service or subscription that people can purchase?
WHYY Passport is an added benefit of station membership. It cannot be purchased separately and is not a subscription service.

Does WHYY Passport mean there will be no more free streaming on PBS.org or on WHYY website?
No. PBS and WHYY content will continue to be available for free on PBS.org, WHYY website, and other digital platforms. WHYY Passport provides extended access to a rich library of content for WHYY 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 WHYY stands for?
PBS is committed to providing free streaming of local and national content across multiple platforms after a program airs. WHYY 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 WHYY Passport. Why not?
Initially, several hundred hours of content will be available via WHYY Passport. This library of content will continue grow over time as more titles are added.

Will PBS KIDS content be available via WHYY Passport?
There are no plans to include PBS KIDS programming in WHYY Passport at this time.


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