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SDPB PASSPORT Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is SDPB Passport?
SDPB Passport is a new member benefit which provides SDPB donors extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming. This is one of the many benefits that SDPB provides its donors, along with the SDPB Magazine, SDPB MemberCard and outstanding public television and radio.

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

3. What kind of content can people find on SDPB Passport?
At launch, SDPB 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. SDPB Passport will also include popular SDPB programs such as Dakota Life and South Dakota Focus. The SDPB Passport library will continue to grow as more series and episodes are added.

4. How can viewers find content that’s available on SDPB Passport?
Donors who wish to take advantage of SDPB 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 SDPB Passport. SDPB Passport can be accessed on the SDPB website, as well as on PBS.org, the PBS Video apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and the PBS app on AppleTV when SDPB 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 SDPB Passport.

5. Who qualifies for SDPB Passport?
SDPB Passport is the newest member benefit available from SDPB for donors with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. It cannot be purchased separately.

6. Is SDPB Passport a service or subscription that people can purchase?
SDPB Passport is an added benefit of station membership. It cannot be purchased separately and is not a subscription service.

7. Does SDPB Passport mean there will be no more free streaming on PBS.org or on SDPB website?
No. PBS and SDPB content will continue to be available for free on SDPB.org website and other digital platforms. SDPB Passport provides extended access to a rich library of content for SDPB 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.

8. Doesn’t having a subset of content only for donors go against what SDPB and PBS stands for?
SDPB is committed to providing free streaming of local and national content across multiple platforms after a program airs. SDPB Passport goes one step further by offering an extended access to a rich library of content for station donors. Certain content, including news and public affairs programs such as FRONTLINE, PBS NEWSHOUR, INDEPENDENT LENS and POV, will always be accessible to everyone.

9. I’m not seeing my favorite PBS show in SDPB Passport. Why not?
Initially, several hundred hours of content will be available via SDPB Passport This library of content will continue grow over time as more titles are added.

10. Will PBS KIDS content be available via SDPB Passport?
There are no plans to include PBS KIDS programming in SDPB Passport at this time. They will remain available for free online at PBSKids.org or through the PBS KIDS app.