FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: PBS FORT WAYNE’S LIVE STREAM
Where can I watch a livestream of PBS Fort Wayne?
Online, its easy. Go to our home page — pbsfortwayne.org — and scroll down until you see the live stream box, click on the “Play” arrow in the middle of the box, and the stream should begin.
You can also watch online at pbs.org, and soon, you’ll be able to watch it online on the free PBS Fort Wayne app.
How can I watch a live stream on PBS.org?
To begin watching a live stream from your local PBS station on PBS.org, click the LIVE TV option at the top right corner of the site. Depending on your browser, you may instead see a menu icon (three stacked lines> ☰ aka a “hamburger menu”). Click that icon to open the menu where the LIVE TV option will also be listed.
Once you’ve opened the live stream, click the Start Watching button or the triangular play button to start the live stream.
Can I watch the live stream from any location or change between PBS station’s streams?
You can only watch the live stream from PBS Fort Wayne within our broadcast service area.
You will be unable to view the live stream of PBS Fort Wayne outside this geographic area. If you are served by multiple PBS stations where you live, you can change your local station on the site (pbs.org) to view other station live streams.
What devices can I use to watch the live stream?
You can watch the live stream on your computer or on other devices that support the following web browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari (Apple)
- Microsoft Edge
While other web browsers can visit PBS.org – such as Amazon Silk or third-party browsers included on Smart TVs – these web browsers are not officially supported and we cannot guarantee video playback or offer troubleshooting for these unsupported browsers.
You can also watch the live stream on the PBS Video app on the following devices:
- Apple TV (4th generation and newer)
- Amazon Fire devices (Firestick and Tablets)
- Android TV
- Apple iPhones and iPads
- Android mobile devices such as phones and tablets
To watch the live stream on these devices, open the PBS Video app home screen and select Live TV at the top or left side of the app. Press OK on your remote to begin watching.
If you do not have the PBS Video App downloaded, it’s a free download from the Google Play Store, Apple Store or Amazon App store.
The live stream is not available on the PBS Video app on other devices at this time, but we are working on bringing live streaming to other devices in the near future.
This Service is FREE…
Do I need to be a Passport benefit member or pay a fee to watch the live stream on PBS.org?
You do not need to be a member with PBS Fort Wayne in order to watch our live stream.
There is no fee required, and you will not be prompted to enter any payment information before watching the live stream.
Does PBS Fort Wayne’s live stream match what’s airing on our television broadcast? How can I see the program schedule for my PBS Fort Wayne’s live stream?
The live stream is the same as what we broadcast on our primary channel. Our program schedule is available on our website PBS Fort Wayne.org as well as our free PBS Fort Wayne app.
I saw a program on PBS Fort Wayne’s live stream and would like to watch it again. Can I watch the program elsewhere?
The PBS.org site and PBS Video app offer thousands of videos for streaming at your convenience, including popular programs such as Nature, Masterpiece, NOVA, American Experience, and more, including PBS Fort Wayne’s local productions such as Matters Of The Mind, HealthLine, Life Ahead, arts IN focus and Primetime.
We recommend exploring the “Our Shows” page or using our Search feature at pbs.org or in the PBS Video App to find a specific program you’re interested in watching.
Some programs are only offered on-demand through our base membership level service called Passport. Please visit our website for more information on Passport or becoming a member.
Error Message: We could not determine your device’s location.
If you’re receiving this error message, you most likely need to enable location sharing on your device or browser. Please select your browser below to see instructions for enabling this feature on your device.
Error Message: The livestream is not available in your current location.
This error message can appear if you attempt to view the live stream of a PBS station outside of your area. Each PBS station can only offer its live stream to users in their service area. PBS Fort Wayne’s live stream is only available on our service area.
Error Message: Something went wrong while getting your device’s location.
We recommend clicking the Try Again button beneath this error message to refresh the live stream.
I don’t see the LIVE TV option and cannot find the live stream.
If you do not see the LIVE TV option at the top of the site, and if you are redirected to the PBS.org homepage when visiting the live stream link directly, your local PBS station most likely does not offer a live stream on PBS.org at this time. If you are served by multiple PBS stations in your area, we recommend seeing if other PBS stations in your area offer a live stream by changing your local station on the site.
If you are outside of PBS Fort Wayne’s broadcast service area, you will be unable to view our live stream. Likewise, if you are outside another station’s broadcast service area, you will not be able to see their streams, either.
The live stream is stuttering, buffering, pausing, or freezing.
The live stream will automatically try to offer you the smoothest playback experience possible on your network, but network connectivity issues can happen.
If you notice frequent playback issues with the live stream that do not resolve on their own, we recommend checking to see if you have any other streams or downloads in progress, both on PBS.org or on your home or local network.
If the issue persists, you can try to temporarily lowering the quality of your live stream to reduce the demand on your network. You can manage this setting by clicking the gear icon in the lower right corner of the live stream, and selecting an option from the list that appears, such as 720p, 540p, or 432p. A lower kbps selection can offer smoother playback.