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How do I get PBS shows if I "cut the cord"?

I just cut the cord recently. Question - It appears NONE of the major streaming services carry the local PBS station or any national feed. Antenna not possible in apt.
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I just bought this and it gets PBS. I would seriously try it--amazed how many channels and I have no line of sight to anything. It's worth the $30 or return it.

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PBS is one of the few over the air (OTA) HD channels we get in our "surrounded my hills" area. Go to a local store like Best Buy, buy an indoor antenna and see if it works.
or, shop on line as someone has already mentioned.

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I just cut the cord recently. Question - It appears NONE of the major streaming services carry the local PBS station or any national feed. Antenna not possible in apt.
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The reason it's not available streaming is because you'd have to get your content from a local affiliate, who would need to make deals with PBS proper (who would, in turn, need to have deals with everyone producing content for them), and deals with anyone sending them syndicated content, and everyone producing content locally. That's a huge deal to set up. Potentially easier for PBS because they won't have to make the case about ad revenue online, but that's still a huge legal mess to get themselves into, because you better believe everyone will bring their lawyers to the table on this one.
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As suggested by others your only option for 'live' local PBS channels is an indoor antenna.

Check on the TV Fool website as to distance and signal strength of your PBS stations.

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Thanks, everyone, for quick replies.

I'm not going to set up a whole separate system to DVR/view a PBS series a few times a year. It just came to my attention that a multi series by Ken Burns on the Vietnam war starts this week.
We have contributed to the local PBS station for decades. It would seem to me that as more and more people are cut off from viewing - their contributions will drop substantially. They need to "give" streamers the right to carry.
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Thanks, everyone, for quick replies.

I'm not going to set up a whole separate system to DVR/view a PBS series a few times a year. It just came to my attention that a multi series by Ken Burns on the Vietnam war starts this week.
We have contributed to the local PBS station for decades. It would seem to me that as more and more people are cut off from viewing - their contributions will drop substantially. They need to "give" streamers the right to carry.
Roku carries the PBS channel.
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Thanks, everyone, for quick replies.

I'm not going to set up a whole separate system to DVR/view a PBS series a few times a year. It just came to my attention that a multi series by Ken Burns on the Vietnam war starts this week.
We have contributed to the local PBS station for decades. It would seem to me that as more and more people are cut off from viewing - their contributions will drop substantially. They need to "give" streamers the right to carry.
There's a PBS app you can install on FireTV, there's also a "masterpiece channel" for FireTV that's $5/mo.
Pretty much anything that your local PBS station broadcasts can be found on the PBS app, usually a day or two after it airs. I don't know yet if that will include the Vietnam series.
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Thanks, everyone, for quick replies.

I'm not going to set up a whole separate system to DVR/view a PBS series a few times a year. It just came to my attention that a multi series by Ken Burns on the Vietnam war starts this week.
We have contributed to the local PBS station for decades. It would seem to me that as more and more people are cut off from viewing - their contributions will drop substantially. They need to "give" streamers the right to carry.
If it's just certain shows you're interested like Ken Burn's The Vietnam War then use the PBS app for whatever device/s you own.

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Roku carries the PBS channel.
As does Apple TV. PBS has actually been streaming for awhile. You can watch it on a computer also.

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Roku carries the PBS channel.
Note all of the content isn't available unless you are a patron and sign-in.
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Note all of the content isn't available unless you are a patron and sign-in.
Yes, you have sign in or up but you do not have to be a "patron" at least in my geographic area. PBS has limited content regardless.
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I just cut the cord recently. Question - It appears NONE of the major streaming services carry the local PBS station or any national feed. Antenna not possible in apt.
Like others said, most streaming boxes (Apple, Fire, Roku) have a PBS app that will let you watching things on demand. A ton of content is available for free, without having to be a "patron" and get their "passport" access.

Also, I've found a lot of PBS content of Netflix, for older seasons.

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Yes, you have sign in or up but you do not have to be a "patron" at least in my geographic area. PBS has limited content regardless.

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Now I just read the above and haven't tried to sign-up...

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Now I just read the above and haven't tried to sign-up...
Ah, I think the operative word is "extended access". In my area Masterpiece is available a few days after OTA and remains for only a couple of weeks. A little like CBS videos now that they have a pay service.
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Thanks, everyone, for quick replies.

I'm not going to set up a whole separate system to DVR/view a PBS series a few times a year. It just came to my attention that a multi series by Ken Burns on the Vietnam war starts this week.
We have contributed to the local PBS station for decades. It would seem to me that as more and more people are cut off from viewing - their contributions will drop substantially. They need to "give" streamers the right to carry.
If you are a contributing member you probably have the passport feature already.
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Yes, you have sign in or up but you do not have to be a "patron" at least in my geographic area. PBS has limited content regardless.
THANKS to you and OTHERs who replied - learned something knew. Didn't realize that PBS and its stations had such a setup for streaming. Just signed up for "Passport". No extra cost. The advantage of registering for streaming is that it comes in HD.

I knew our Roku had a PBS channel. It doesn't contain live streaming (I don't think.).

I'll check this all out w. News Hour tonite.
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PBS app doesn't offer live TV.
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If you are not a contributing member you can become a PBS Passport Member for $5/month in case you don't want to outlay the $60 in one lump sum.

Once a member you will see there is more content to stream ie. 'extended access'.

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Got to TVFOOL and put in your address. If you're within 20 miles of your PBS station you probably can use an internal antenna from Walmart and hook directly to your TV. Generally OTA signals are way better then what an streaming video will be!
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Got to TVFOOL and put in your address. If you're within 20 miles of your PBS station you probably can use an internal antenna from Walmart and hook directly to your TV. Generally OTA signals are way better then what an streaming video will be!
These forums are GREAT. We have Roku and had seen there was a PBS app. All I noticed at the time it didn't "live stream" anything - and we still had cable. We cut cable 3 months ago. Didn't think the app would carry that live "Vietnam War" series. ALL 5 episodes are available for streaming til 10/17. I did specify our local PBS station in SF. Can't recall if I had to even enter my name/email.
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There's a PBS app you can install on FireTV, there's also a "masterpiece channel" for FireTV that's $5/mo.
Pretty much anything that your local PBS station broadcasts can be found on the PBS app, usually a day or two after it airs. I don't know yet if that will include the Vietnam series.

I'm watching Vietnam on the PBS app on my FireTV.

Also saw the series in BluRay at Costco, which was a bit of a surprise.
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I just heard Spectrum has a streaming service that includes PBS live streaming.
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I just heard Spectrum has a streaming service that includes PBS live streaming.
Spectrum is one of the few (or possibly only) streaming service that offers PBS live streaming, at least according to their ads.


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