With the broadcast of Call the Midwife Season 9, full episodes can be streamed for a limited time on the Call the Midwife page on pbs.org and the PBS Video App.
Episodes of Season 9 are available for online streaming for 30 days after each episode’s premiere on television, but because we do not have the extended streaming rights for episodes of Call the Midwife, after 30 days we are legally obligated to take the full episodes down. We apologize for not being able to offer full episodes from Season 9 for online streaming for more than 30 days.
Any program or piece of television on PBS is a piece of intellectual property (just like a song or a book). With any piece of intellectual property come certain rights and allowances for the creators, distributors, and consumers. Many of these rights include online video viewing stipulations. If a program is not available for viewing on pbs.org, it is because of the specific intellectual property rights associated with that show, and often, these rights vary from show to show.
We must purchase streaming rights separately from television broadcast rights and we are not always able to obtain the streaming rights for every program, so our online content may be more limited than programs airing on your television.
While Passport does allow us to offer more content for online streaming, we are unable to offer every program for online streaming indefinitely due to the aforementioned streaming rights. After the 30 days of free streaming, we are not able to include Call the Midwife as part of the Passport library. However, rights do allow station members with Passport to watch each episode early – for Season 9, users can watch each episode the Friday before the broadcast premiere.
We can still offer clips and previews, as these are not as restricted as the full episodes and may be of interest to some users.
While previous seasons may be unavailable for free online streaming, we recommend visiting Shop PBS or a third party distributor such as iTunes if you are interested in purchasing old episodes of this program.