PBS: Watch Live TV Shows

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About this app

Stream live TV, live news, and indie films on the free PBS App. Watch TV shows anywhere, on any device with new programs added daily for endless entertainment. Stream breaking news, local TV, award-winning documentary movies, full-length TV shows, live music and more. PBS is your non-stop video entertainment app.

News streaming and local TV streaming is easy with PBS. Live news keeps you up to date with what’s going on in the world. Stream live TV shows uninterrupted, discover new indie movies, or dive into exciting documentary films from PBS. Enjoy popular concerts, TV series specials and more in just a few taps with PBS’ easy-to-use live streaming app.

Watch TV anywhere, anytime. Watch breaking news, live TV shows, or enjoy documentary films, with video streaming you can access wherever you are. Best of all, you can save TV shows and indie movies to your watchlist to jump into later.

Local TV, live tv shows, and new dramas are available on the PBS App. Explore endless indie films including hit documentary, history, and science content to feed your curiosity. Join the crowd wherever you are with live music performances. Stream live news, timeless indie movies, and compelling TV shows on all of your devices. All your favorites, on demand and in one place – watch TV everywhere with the PBS App.

Watch live TV on a local channel or discover new TV shows from Masterpiece, Ken Burns, NOVA, & Nature. Watch new episodes from PBS NewsHour, Frontline, Antiques Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, Actors on Actors, , Independent Lens, POV, Great Performances, Austin City Limits, Call the Midwife & more.

Watch TV everywhere, enjoy thrilling indie films, and tune in to the latest live news at any time when you download PBS.


- Live news from PBS newshour helps you keep up with public affairs
- Watch breaking news from your local PBS station
- Watch TV shows on your local channel
- Local TV available with PBS’ collection of trusted sources

- Watch TV shows and your favorite TV series at your fingertips
- Exclusive TV shows are yours to discover across a variety of genres
- Save classic TV shows and new TV series to dive into later

- Stream award-winning documentaries or indie movies from anywhere
- Watch the latest documentary on the entertainment app made
- Stream an indie film and access interviews, extras and more
- Explore your favorite indie film genre – drama, action, comedy, and more

- Stream TV shows, series & videos from the PBS archives
- Watch breaking news, local channel programming, or iconic TV shows
- Live stream TV shows of all genres on demand in the PBS App

- Watch live TV anywhere & explore a vast collection of shows on one video streaming app
- TV shows on the endless entertainment app – drama, documentary, science shows and more
- Stream TV shows like Downton Abbey, NOVA, Nature, Finding Your Roots, and All Creatures Great & Small!

PBS Passport is an added benefit of station membership. By donating to your local PBS station, you can:
- Watch live TV from acclaimed PBS local channels
- Stream TV shows & exclusive new series
- Watch popular TV shows with their past and current seasons
- Access early releases and special collections, like Ken Burns films and Antiques Roadshow

- Van der Valk S3
-America Outdoors
- Professor T S2
-Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World
- Unforgotten S5

Local news, TV shows, and indie movies are yours to discover. Watch TV everywhere and on all your devices with the PBS App.

- PBS App: https://www.pbs.org/pbs-app/
- PBS Passport: https://pbs.org/getpassport
- PBS Support: https://help.pbs.org/

PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new worlds through trusted educational television and digital content.
Updated on
Sep 25, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Personal info, App activity and 2 others
This app may collect these data types
Personal info, App activity and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

8K reviews
Stephanie Major
November 2, 2023
Great content, but the fact that it won't work with picture-in-picture means I frequently can't use it at the times that I'd like to. I very rarely watch anything on my phone without needing to occasionally make sure a text wasn't urgent or check the weather, and with other video apps that's not a problem, but this app won't work minimized, meaning it pauses anytime you need to do anything else. This is frustrating enough that I find myself often not watching PBS content, just for this reason.
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Kathy Nesper
October 5, 2023
I had really high hopes for this app. I've been a PBS fan, particularly Masterpiece, for decades. I had thought a passport membership would offer a vast library of previous shows, but I was mistaken. It's a heavily curated selection that rotates and doesn't include a lot of things I had hoped to find. In addition, the app is incredibly buggy. I Know PBS operates partly through donations, but this is a key fundraiser for them, and they really needed to give more attention to this app.
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October 9, 2023
Hi Kathy, we're sorry to hear that you have been experiencing bugs with the PBS app and our team would like to learn more so we can correct these issues. Please feel free to reach out to our support team at help@pbs.org. Thank you! - PBS App Team
Kevin Labenz
November 5, 2023
Just a mind-numbingly bad platform. I do love the content but not worth the aggrevation trying to watch it on this travesty of an app. In addition, it took me 2 minutes of ads to actually start any program, go to the next program. PBS, yes 'non-commericial" "public television" has by far the most ads of any platform any of us use. It is wild, heartbreaking and makes me unwilling to donate in the future. Do better or go away
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What's new

- New "Continue Watching" row on the Home screen for signed-in users
- UI improvements on the My Station screen
- Other minor UX improvements and bug fixes