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How to Install and Activate PBS on Roku



PBS on Roku

If you’re looking for a dedicated streaming platform to stream live TV channels for free, then PBS got you covered. As PBS is officially available on the Channel Store, you can add the channel to your Roku device to stream your desired content with ease. PBS provides movies, news, live events, documentaries, and much more to explore a variety of engaging and informative content for all ages.

As PBS is a stand-alone channel, you should need a standard cable TV or live TV subscription to access the channel on your Roku without any interruptions.

Subscription Plans

PBS doesn’t have a dedicated membership or subscription plan for the platform. To access PBS, you need to have a cable TV or live TV provider subscription.

Some of the popular cable TV providers of PBS are:

  • Xfinity
  • DISH
  • Spectrum

Apart from cable TV providers, YouTube TV is the only live TV provider that offers the PBS channel in its lineup.

How to Sign Up for PBS using YouTube TV

1. Visit the official website of YouTube TV ( from a web browser of your choice.

2. After that click the Start Free Trial button.

3. After that, enter your email address and password to create a YouTube TV account.

4. Then, choose the membership plan,

5. Finally, complete the payment procedure to sign up for YouTube TV and get the PBS channel on its lineup.

How to Install PBS on Roku

PBS requires a strong internet connection to stream movies, shows, and other available content. So ensure that your Roku is connected to strong WiFi for seamless streaming.

1. Go to the Roku home screen and select the Search option.

Roku home screen

2. Enter PBS in the search and choose the app in the Channel Store.

3. Click Add Channel to install PBS on Roku.

4. Select OK in the prompt and launch the PBS app.

How to Install PBS From Roku Website

You can also install an app on Roku by using a web browser on your PC or smartphone. For this, you need to sign in with the account that you have to set up the Roku device.

1. Launch a web browser on your device and visit the Roku website.

2. Log in to your account and search for PBS.

3. Select Add Channel to download the app on your Roku device.

Add PBS via Roku website

4. Turn on your device and look for PBS to launch for streaming.

Note – If you can’t find the channel, head to the device settings and update the Roku firmware to get the channel immediately.

How to Activate PBS on Roku []

1. Launch the PBS app and tap the Activate Now option to get the activation code.

2. Now, open any web browser on your PC/smartphone and visit the PBS Activation Site (

Activate PBS

3. Provide the activation code on the website.

4. Select Continue and log in to your PBS account with YouTube TV credentials.

5. Wait for a few seconds, and the PBS app on Roku will display the media content for streaming.

How to Screen Mirror PBS on Roku from Android

Apart from installing the app on Roku, you can also screen mirror the app using your smartphone. To do so,

  • Connect the Android device and Roku to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Enable Screen Mirroring on Roku: SettingsSystemScreen MirroringScreen Mirroring ModeAlways Allow.

1. Install PBS from Play Store and launch the app.

2. Log in to your PBS account and move to the Notification Panel.

3. Select the Cast option for screen mirroring and choose the Roku device.

4. Connect to Roku and stream the content.

How to AirPlay PBS on Roku

Airplay is only compatible with the latest models of Roku. Visit this support page to find out whether your Roku device is compatible with Airplay or not.

  • Connect your Roku to a Wi-Fi network. On the other hand, connect your iPhone/iPad to the same network.
  • Enable AirPlay on Roku: SettingsApple AirPlay and HomekitSettingsAirPlay Turn On.

1. Get PBS from App Store and open the app.

2. Sign in to your account and select the content for streaming.

3. Play a title you want and look for the AirPlay icon on the media player.

4. Select your Roku device name, and the media will play on your Roku immediately.

Is PBS Geo-restricted

Yes, the PBS app is available only in the USA. To stream PBS video content outside the USA, you need to use powerful VPNs to bypass the geo-restriction.

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1. Can I get PBS on Roku?

Yes. You can install the PBS app on your ROku device right from the Channel Store.

2. Is PBS free on Roku?

Yes. PBS is free to install on Roku devices and Roku TVs. But you need a subscription plan to watch the media content.

3. Can you access PBS Passport on Roku?

Yes. You can access the PBS Passport on your Roku device.

4. How to fix PBS not working on Roku?

Try these fixes when the PBS is not working on your Roku device.
1. Check the internet connection.
2. Restart the PBS app.
3. Clear cache on Roku.
4. Restart the Roku device.
5. Update the Roku firmware and PBS app.
6. Uninstall and re-install the PBS app.
7. Reset the Roku device.

5. Is it possible to stream PBS in Canada?

Yes. You can stream the PBS channel in Canada.

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