How to Download PBS on Roku [2024 Guide]

PBS ( The Public Broadcasting Service) is a renowned American cable TV network that has been serving the market for the last 50 years. It allows the users to enjoy all the popular shows that are produced locally. Some of them include Nova, Frontline, PBS NewsHour, Nature, etc. Moreover, it is recognized for its award-winning documentaries and classic series. Fortunately, this PBS on Roku app is available on the Roku Channel Store which means Roku users can download it for free. However, you are required to own a valid PBS passport. The starting price for this passport is $5 per month.

Furthermore, you can also watch the HD quality content of PBS using online streaming platforms. Another option is to use the screen mirroring facility using any digital device. In this article, I will tell you the best possible way to download and watch PBS on Roku TV.

Let’s learn more about it!

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How To Download PBS on Roku

As I mentioned earlier, Roku users have the facility to download the PBS app from the Roku Channel Store. The process is mentioned step-by-step in the upcoming lines.

  • Go to the Home screen of your Roku TV by tapping on the Home key on your Remote.


  • Select the Streaming Channels option.
  • Move the Search Channels option.


  • Using the virtual remote, type PBS in the Search field.


  • From the info page of the PBS app, tap on the Add Channel option highlighted in a box.


  • A confirmation message will appear on your screen, click OK.


  • Press the Go to Channel and launch the app to get the activation code.


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  • Move ahead to the Browser you have on your Windows PC and hop into the official website of the Roku Channel Store.
  • You can use the given link to reach it directly (


  • Sign in to your account by entering authentic account details.


  • Search for the PBS app by typing its name in the Search panel.


  • Choose the required app from the list displayed as an outcome of the instruction provided.
  • Next, click on the +Add Channel option.
  • You can find the app displayed on your Roku TV within 24 hours. Otherwise, you can try updating your Roku device to get it instantly.

How To Stream PBS on Roku TV

Once you have installed the app effectively and purchased the subscription plan as per your preferences, proceed towards the activation process. Act as per the given guidelines carefully to get the process done.

  1. Launch the PBS app by simply tapping on it. Then, the Activate Now option appeared on the Home screen.
  2. Write down the activation code displayed on your Roku’s screen.
  3. Next, get to your PC or Smartphone and navigate to the Browser easily available.
  4. Visit the official website of PBS to activate the app. Tap on the provided URL (
  5. Here is the time to use the activation code you noted earlier. Type it in the required area and hit the Continue option.
  6. Use your valid PBS passport details to sign into your account.
  7. Hop back to your Roku TV and enjoy streaming the PBS content on your Roku TV.

How To Screen Mirror PBS on Roku TV Using Any Android Device

You can also enjoy streaming the PBS content using the screen mirroring feature. To proceed with this process you have to make sure that your screen mirroring option is turned on on your Roku device.

Follow the upcoming steps to complete the rest of the process.

  • Connect both of your devices (Roku TV and Smartphone) to an identical internet connection.
  • Install the PBS app on your Smartphone from the Google Play Store.
  • Now, open up the app and sign into your account by entering reliable information.
  • Scroll down the notification bar and tap on the Cast icon.


  • From the available list of devices, hit on your specific Roku device.
  • Congratulations! You can now see the PBS content mirrored on your Roku screen.

How To Screen Mirror PBS on Roku TV Through iOS Devices

If you own an iOS device such as iPhone or iPad you can screencast PBS content on your Roku TV through it. All you have to do is verify that your Roku TV’s screen mirroring feature is already enabled. Now, follow the below-mentioned points to complete the process.

  • Pair your Roku device and the iPad/iPhone with the same and strong internet network.
  • Search out the PBS app on the Android Store and launch it on your Smartphone.
  • Sign into your account and choose the program you want to stream on the big screen of your Roku TV.
  • Move to the Control Center and tap on the Screen Mirroring icon.


  • Pair both (Roku TV and iPad/iPhone) devices choosing your specific Roku device.
  • Have Fun! Stream your favorite PBS content on your Roku TV.

How To Watch PBS on Roku Without Any Cable Connections

If you don’t have a subscription to the cable service and want to stream the PBS app without it, hop to the online streaming services. Well, YouTube is the only feasible choice to stream PBS content on your Roku device. You can access incompatible documentaries and series on PBS after subscribing to the YouTube premium package. You can find the base plan on the official website of PBS which costs $72.99 per month. You can download the YouTube app from the Roku Channel Store and enjoy streaming PBS content after getting the subscription plan.


Q: What is the main purpose of PBS Passport on Roku?

A: It enables users to access the premium content of PBS with a wide range of on-demand content libraries.

Q: What is the subscription plan for the PBS Passport?

A: It varies from country to country. You can get detailed information regarding the subscription packages offered in different countries.

Q: Why is PBS not working on my Roku device?

A: This problem may occur due to several reasons. Some of these are mentioned below. 

  • Outdated Roku Firmware
  • Corrupted cache or junk files
  • Issues in the main server
  • Outdated PBS app


This article contains all the necessary guides to download and stream PBS on your Roku device. You can follow any of the above-mentioned methods as per your preferences. If one method does not work for you hop to the other method to get fruitful results. I hope this article will work as the ultimate guide and after reading it thoroughly you will successfully stream PBS on Roku TV. However, if you have any queries you can contact us freely. Highly privileged to have your Time and Attention!

Sufyan Bhatti
Sufyan Bhatti

Sufyan Bhatti, a dedicated Roku enthusiast at Roku TV Master, simplifies complex smart TV concepts. His laid-back demeanor and talent for explanation make him the go-to for Roku queries. He writes user-friendly articles, encourages community building, and remains approachable. Sufyan's expertise and dedication benefit Roku users worldwide.

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