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How can I watch PBS videos on my Roku device?

You are able to watch PBS videos on your Roku but you must first activate the device. The activation steps are similar regardless of whether or not you have the Passport member benefit (Learn more about Passport). 

Not sure if you have an active Passport account? Click here to enter your email address and check

Please click the link below that applies to you.  Before beginning either activation process, please review PBS's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

How to activate Roku without Passport

Watch this video or scroll down to see step-by-step instructions.

  • Click the PBS icon on your Roku screen (Figure 1).

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  • A screen appears with a seven-character activation code. The activation code is typically a mix of numbers and letters. You will need this code for the next step.

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***The image below is an example; do NOT use the code in the image below. Use the unique code that appears on your Roku screen.***

***PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST PERFORM THESE NEXT STEPS ON A COMPUTER, YOU CANNOT ACTIVATE DIRECTLY FROM THE ROKU SCREEN.***

  • On your computer, tablet, or phone, open a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  • In the address bar at the top, type http://www.pbs.org/activate. Alternatively, you can click the following link: http://www.pbs.org/activate.
  • Type your seven-digit activation code in the textbox provided.
  • Click or tap Continue.

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  • After selecting Continue, you are taken to a page where you can sign in to the app in one of three ways:
    • PBS Account - use your email address and password you created on PBS. If you don't have a PBS account, Create one here.
    • Google account - use the login and password that you use when you sign on to your Google account at www.google.com.
    • Facebook account - use the login and password that you use when you sign on to your Facebook account at www.facebook.com.

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How to activate Roku with Passport

Watch this video video or scroll down to see step-by-step instructions on how to watch Passport videos on your Roku device.

(Not sure if you have an active Passport account? Click here to enter your email address and check)

  • Open the PBS channel on your Roku device.

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  • In the top navigation menu, click Settings.

  • At the bottom of In the settings menu, click Deactivate Device. The screen will not change.

  • Confirm that you want to deactivate the device and you will return to the PBS app home screen.
  • Click the blue Activate button in the upper left corner of the screen.


  • You will see a new screen saying the channel needs to be activated. 
  • Activation instructions appear on the screen along with a seven-character activation code. The code is typically a mix of numbers and letters.

***The image below is an example; do NOT use the code in the image below. Use the unique code that appears on your screen.***

***PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST PERFORM THESE NEXT STEPS ON A COMPUTER, YOU CANNOT ACTIVATE DIRECTLY FROM THE ROKU SCREEN.***

  • On your computer, tablet, or phone, open a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  • In the address bar at the top, type http://www.pbs.org/activate. Alternatively, you can click the following link: http://www.pbs.org/activate.
  • Type your seven-digit activation code in the textbox provided.
  • Click or tap Continue.

  • You are taken to a new page asking you to sign in with a Google, Facebook, or PBS account. 
  • Choose the same account you used when you activated Passport. If you sign in with a different email address, you will not be signed in with your Passport account and will be unable to watch Passport videos.

  • After signing in, your Roku device has been activated. Return to your Roku screen to begin watching Passport videos. 

How to create a PBS account

Creating a PBS account allows you to use the same email address and password across all PBS products. This section demonstrates how to create a PBS account only. To create a Facebook or Google account, you must go to those individual websites (www.facebook.com and www.google.com).

Watch the tutorial

  • On your computer, tablet, or phone, go to www.pbs.org and click Sign in located in the upper left side of the screen (Figure 1).

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  • Click Create one now (Figure 2).

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  • In the first two textboxes, type your first and last name. Type your email address in the second two textboxes then create and type your password in the Password textbox (Figure 3.1). Your password must have at least 8 characters and include both letters and numbers.
  • Click Register (Figure 3.2).

* You can click the Keep me signed in checkbox to stay signed in to PBS.org.

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  • After clicking Register, you are signed in to PBS and are directed to the PBS.org homepage. Your first name shows at the top of the page (Figure 4). 

***Use this login and password any time you log in to PBS Digital products.***

Figure 4