Frequently Asked Questions

I want to use or share PBS content

  • How can I use footage seen in a PBS program in my own production?

    As the national membership organization of public television stations, PBS acquires program rights and distributes programs to its member stations. Since PBS is not a production entity, we  are not able to assist with requests for footage.

    You might want to check directly with the producers of the program you are interested in to see if you may obtain permission from them to use footage. Contact information for most PBS shows can be found on the individual program web site or the PBS Program Contacts page at:

    Programs A-Z
    Program Contacts

    You may also wish to check
    Footage.net , which is a virtual stock footage catalog with the latest information and clips from A.R.I.Q. Footage, ABCNEWS VideoSource, Archive Films/Archive Photos, Budget Films, CASCOM, CNN ImageSource, Fabulous Footage, Film Bank, Grinberg Film Libraries, Reuters Television, Streamline Film Archives, and much more.

    You may also be interested in stock footage available from our Boston member station, WGBH. You can find more information at:
    WGBH Stock Sales

  • How can I view PBS programs internationally?

    Unfortunately, PBS does not have the rights to broadcast its programming internationally. It is possible for a local broadcaster to obtain the rights to PBS programming directly through the program's producer. Contact information for most PBS shows can be found on the individual program web site or the PBS Program Contacts page at:

    Programs A-Z
    Program Contacts

    You may be interested to know that a number of our programs are available for viewing online. However, please note that many of our programs are subject to rights restrictions. You can find a compilation of PBS programs currently available by visiting the following web site:
    Internationally Available Collection