Q. I heard something about PBS being available for free on streaming. How do you do that? Is it offered everywhere for free? Is my station in Northern Virginia available for free? — Millie, Fairfax, Virginia.
Millie, PBS announced last week that you can now stream 88 different PBS stations for free, including your local station in the Washington, D.C. area, WETA-TV. But the free streaming feature is not available on all streaming devices. So here’s the scoop on how you can watch it.
You can watch the live stream on your computer, or any other device that supports the following web browsers: Google Chrome, Safari and Microsoft Edge. Go to PBS.org and select the ‘Live TV’ button in the right hand corner of the home page. You will be asked to confirm your location, and once that’s done, your screen will become a video player for your local PBS channel.
PBS says other web browsers, such as Amazon Silk, are not officially supported so it can’t guarantee they will be able to play the video.
You can also watch the live stream on the PBS Video Channel on Roku devices. On the app, select Live TV at the top of the channel to begin watching.
The service is free, and you don’t need to be a PBS Passport benefit member.
PBS says it’s working on adding more stations, and compatible devices. The TV Answer Man will update this story if we get more information.
Until then, here are the 88 PBS stations that can be streamed for free:
Alabama Public Television
Alaska Public Media
Arizona Public Media
Colorado Public Television
Connecticut Public Broadcasting
Detroit Public Television
East Tennessee PBS
Illinois Public Media
Kansas City PBS
Louisiana Public Broadcasting
Maine Public Broadcasting
Mountain Lake PBS
Nashville Public Television
New Mexico PBS
Nine Network (KETC)
North California Public Media
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Ozarks Public Television
Pioneer Public TV
Prairie Public Broadcasting
Rhode Island PBS
Rocky Mountain PBS
Smoky Hills PBS
South Dakota Public Broadcasting
The Kentucky Network
The Nine Network of Public Media
West VA Public Broadcasting
WXXI Public Broadcasting
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