AETN Passport On-Demand Streaming Video Member Benefit

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AETN Passport offers members extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN Passport provides donors access to current and archival programs from both PBS and AETN and is available via, and other digital platforms. AETN Passport is available to AETN Foundation donors who contribute at least $60 annually or $5 or more monthly.

If you have trouble accessing AETN Passport, you may contact PBS support at 855-805-2386, M-F 10am-11pm Eastern.

Accessing AETN Passport content is easy!

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  1. Register for AETN Online Member Access.
  2. You will receive an email containing an access code that you will need to enter at

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To confirm whether you are already eligible for access, call 800-662-2386 or email

AETN Passport FAQ's

What is AETN Passport?

AETN Passport is a new member benefit which provides AETN donors extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming online and on your mobile device. This is one of the many benefits that AETN provides its donors along with AETN Magazine and exclusive invitations to special events.

Why is AETN making this service available?

As more and more people are watching television content on demand on computers and digital devices, AETN Passport gives AETN donors a way to enjoy extended access to PBS and AETN content on platforms including computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming video devices like Apple TV.

What kind of content can people find on AETN Passport?

With AETN Passport you can access thousands of 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, NOVA, Antiques Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, Great Performances, Vicious, How We Got To Now, The Great British Baking Show" and many more.

The AETN Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added.

How can viewers find content that's available on AETN Passport?

Members who wish to take advantage of AETN 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 AETN Passport. These videos are only available to users who are registered for AETN Passport.

To find AETN Passport video, simply look for the distinctive compass icon AETN Passport Compass.

Who is eligible for AETN Passport?

AETN Passport is the newest member benefit available from AETN 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 and

PBS and AETN content will continue to be available for free on the website, and other digital platforms. AETN Passport provides extended access to the rich library of content for AETN 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 remain accessible to everyone.

What desktop browser do I need?

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

How does AETN Passport align with the mission of public television?

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

I'm not seeing my favorite PBS show in AETN Passport. Why not?

Initially, hundreds of hours of on-demand content will be available via AETN Passport along with tens of thousands of hours of content available to all. 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.

Is AETN Passport available outside the U.S.?

Streaming video from AETN – including video that this available to AETN donors – is only available within the United States.

More Ways to Watch AETN Online

There are a variety of ways to watch award-winning AETN and PBS programs online. Use AETN Passport on your phone, tablet, or TV, with the PBS Video app.

Learn More

How to Activate the PBS App on Your Roku Device

How to Activate Passport on Apple TV

Last Updated 08 Feb 2019