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PBS Michiana Passport is the new member benefit that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Featuring both PBS and select local programming, PBS Michiana Passport allows you to watch even more episodes of your favorite shows, including full seasons of many current and past series.

  • [+] What is PBS Michiana Passport?

    More FAQs are available at PBS.org

    PBS Michiana Passport is a new member benefit which provides WNIT donors extended on-demand access to a rich library of quality public television programming online and via your mobile device. This is one of the many benefits that WNIT provides its donors along with the program guide, thank you gifts based on the level of your gift, and the opportunity to receive tickets to area concerts and performances.

  • [+] Why is WNIT making this service available?

    As more and more people are watching television content on demand on computers and digital devices, PBS Michiana Passport gives WNIT donors another way to enjoy extended access to PBS and WNIT content on platforms including computers, smartphones and tablets.

  • [+] How can I activate my PBS Michiana Passport account?

    If you are an active WNIT member giving at least $60 (or $5 monthly), and we have a valid email address on file, you may have already received an email "PBS Michiana Passport" with activation instructions (remember to check your SPAM folders). You can enter your activation code here.

    If you did not receive an email, you can get your activation code for your PBS Michiana Passport account by sending an email to wnitpassport@wnit.org and include your name, address, and email address.

  • [+] I just made a donation today, why can't I activate PBS Michiana Passport?

    If you recently donated online, you should see an activation link on the email confirmation page for your gift. If you gave your donation through another online form or over the phone, it may take a few days for your gift to be entered into our database and your activation code assigned. Please email wnitpassport@wnit.org

  • [+] I'm seeing a message that says I already activated, but I can't remember how to sign in.

    At the time you activated, you were asked to choose one of 3 sign in methods: using your Google, Facebook, or PBS account. If you cannot remember which option you chose, you can try each one without doing any harm to your accounts. Each has its own process for resetting passwords should you need to.

  • [+] I am a member of another PBS station. Am I entitled to PBS Michiana Passport?

    PBS Michiana Passport is only available to donating members of WNIT. However, many PBS stations across the country are introducing this new benefit to their members. Please contact your local station to find out if they are offering this service and to activate.

  • [+] What kind of device do I need to view PBS Michiana Passport videos?

    PBS Michiana Passport can be accessed on WNIT.org, well as on the PBS channel on Apple TV.

  • [+] I'm having trouble accessing PBS Michiana Passport through my Apple TV.

    Your Apple TV PBS App may be synced to a different email than the one you assigned to PBS Michiana Passport. To reset your Apple TV email address, you must deactivate and reactivate the PBS app with the email associated with your PBS Michiana Passport account. Please note that you do not need to reset your Apple TV general account email, just within the PBS app. This will not affect other apps within Apple TV.


    1. Within the PBS app on the Apple TV, click on Settings
    2. Click on Deactivate
    3. Exit to main Apple TV page
    4. Click on PBS app
    5. Instructions will appear on the screen instructing you to go to your computer and visit pbs.org/activate and enter the password which will be provided on the screen (note, this is not the Passport activation code)
    6. Visit pbs.org/activate, enter provided password, press enter
    7. You will be taken to a page asking you to login - using the same email affiliated with PBS Michiana Passport
    8. Enter the email affiliated with Passport, enter the password set up when originally logging into PBS Michiana Passport
    9. Click Sign In
    10. Apple TV PBS app will automatically be updated with this information and will have all the benefits of PBS Michiana Passport

    Can I view PBS Michiana Passport videos outside of the United States?

    Due to rights restrictions, our streaming videos can only be viewed within the United States.

  • [+] What kind of content can people find on PBS Michiana Passport?

    PBS Michiana Passport includes 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 NATURE, GREAT PERFORMANCES, VICIOUS, EARTH A NEW WILD, HOW WE GOT TO NOW, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW and many more. PBS Michiana Passport will also include popular WNIT programs such as DINNER & A BOOK, EXPERIENCE MICHIANA and ECONOMIC OUTLOOK.

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

    Look for videos with this symbol: Passport Icon Those videos are only available to users who are registered for PBS Michiana Passport.

  • [+] Who is eligible for PBS Michiana Passport?

    PBS Michiana Passport is the newest member benefit available from WNIT 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 WNIT.org and PBS.org?

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

  • [+] What desktop browser do I need?

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

  • [+] How does PBS Michiana Passport align with the mission of public television?

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

    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 be accessible to everyone.

  • [+] I'm not seeing my favorite PBS show in PBS Michiana Passport. Why not?

    Initially, several hundred hours of content will be available via PBS Michiana Passport. 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.