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Introducing Passport   

A new member benefit that provides extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming online. The New Mexico PBS Passport library currently offers members more than 1,000 episodes to watch, with new PBS programs being added weekly.





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Accessing Passport

All New Mexico PBS videos, including Passport videos, are accessible via our Video Portal, a “one-stop-shop” for all local and national videos. In our Portal you will find the latest episodes of our award-winning local productions like New Mexico in Focus and ¡COLORES! as well as all the must-see PBS productions like Sherlock, Great British Baking, and Victoria.


Sign Up For Passport

Starting your Passport journey couldn’t be easier. Make a
donation of $60 or more to New Mexico PBS and access to all Passport content will be just moments away.


Passport FAQ


Does Passport cost anything?

PBS Passport is an added benefit available to members who donate $60 or more.

What shows are available with PBS Passport?

The PBS Passport library currently offers members more than 1,000 episodes from popular shows like American Experience, American Masters, Antiques Roadshow, Nature, NOVA, and Masterpiece — including all six seasons of Downton Abbey. In addition to these signature series, the library is full of public television’s acclaimed arts, science, history, and lifestyle programs; including How We Got to Now, Earth a New Wild, Austin City Limits, and a rotating selection of films from Ken Burns — currently Jazz and Unforgivable Blackness The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson are available. More shows are being added all the time. Due to streaming rights and legal issues, PBS is unable to distribute a list of Passport shows.

Is PBS Passport available outside the U.S.?

Most PBS streaming video – including PBS Passport – is available only within the United States.

How can I activate my Passport Account?

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

I think I’m a New Mexico PBS Member, but I’m not sure. Is there a way to look this up?

Yes, you can go to the PBS Member Lookup page here to look up your member status. Just enter the email you think is connected to your account.

How do I know if my Passport member benefit is activated?

To confirm that you have activated your Passport account, go to our Video Portal (portal.knme.org) and sign in as you did during activation. If Passport is activated properly, you will see a small blue and white compass rose symbol by your name in the upper left portion of the screen.

I just made a donation today, why can’t I activate Passport?

If you donated on our website by clicking our “Donate” button, you should have seen two donate options: “Donate and Activate Passport” and “Make a Standard Donation.” If you clicked on “Donate and Activate Passport” you should have received an email with an activation link. However if you clicked on the “Make a Standard Donation” button it may take a few days before you receive the email with the activation link. If you clicked on "Donate and Activate Passport" and haven't yet received an email with an activation link, or if you made a “Standard Donation” and wish to facilitate the activation process, please contact Member Services (memberservices@newmexicopbs.org).

Where can I find Passport videos?

All New Mexico PBS videos, including Passport videos, are accessible via our Video Portal, a “one-stop-shop” for all local and national videos.

How can I tell which are Passport videos?

After activating your PBS Passport account, you can view PBS Passport content on your computer, iPhone and iPad, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Android app. All PBS Passport content is designated by an icon (  ). All videos displaying that icon are designated as PBS Passport content. The icon appears next to your name when you are logged in to the site as well as next to any video that is designated as a Passport video.

If I do not have PBS Passport, will I still be able to watch programs for free?

Yes. Free is not going away. Many of our shows are available for free in our Video Portal and on various digital platforms including the PBS channels on Roku, AppleTV and other streaming services. And of course, PBS shows will continue to be broadcast to the public, for free, over the air. PBS Passport is a member benefit that allows you extended access to some shows when their streaming rights have expired or they have otherwise become unavailable for general streaming.

I am already a member, do I need to make an additional contribution in order to receive Passport?

If you already donated to New Mexico PBS, chances are you can simply be signed up for the Passport member benefit. Contact Member Services (memberservices@newmexicopbs.org) and they will be happy to check your eligibility.

Does Passport work with Chromecast?

Yes, PBS Passport is compatible with Chromecast. It is also available on the following platforms and devices:

  • desktop computers and laptops using the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer
  • PBS Video iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets
  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Amazon Fire Stick
  • For more information about how to access Passport via these devices, click here.

    Can I stream Passport content on my Apple TV?

    Yes, you can stream Passport videos with your Apple TV once you've activated Passport. To watch Passport videos on your Apple TV, please make sure the account you used to activate Passport is the same as the account you used to activate the PBS app on the Apple TV. To see if you've used the same account, try watching any Passport video on Apple TV.  If you encounter an error that says you are unable to watch the video because you need to activate Passport, it is likely that the account you used to activate the PBS app on Apple TV is different from the account you used to activate Passport. Click here for more information about using Passport with Apple TV.

    I can’t afford to donate at this time. Is there a way for me to view Passport 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.

    How do I cancel my Passport member benefit?

    Contact Member Services: memberservices@newmexicopbs.org