There are so many channels listed on the DirecTV guide, it can be hard to find the specific network you’re looking for. This is especially true of PBS, a publicly broadcast network that easily disappears alongside all the other basic cable channels. As it turns out, the location you’re in — whether it be your city, state, or region — plays a pivotal role in determining what channel PBS is on your DirecTV lineup. Consult the table below to pinpoint your exact PBS channel based on the nearest big city.
PBS Channel Guide
|City and State||PBS Channel on DirecTV|
|Colorado Springs, CO||8|
|El Paso, TX||13|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL||2|
|Ft. Worth, TX||13|
|Las Vegas, NV||10|
|Los Angeles, CA||28 or 58|
|Milwaukee, WI||10 or 36|
|New York, NY||13|
|Oklahoma City, OK||13|
|St. Louis, MO||9|
|St. Paul, MN||2|
|Salt Lake City, UT||7|
|San Antonio, TX||9|
|San Diego, CA||15|
|San Francisco, CA||9 or 22|
|San Jose, CA||54|
|Tampa, FL||3 or 34|
|Washington, DC||26 or 32|
Major PBS Stations
|City and State||Station||Year of Affiliation||Ownership|
|San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (Watsonville/Salinas/Monterey), California||KQED/KQET||1970||KQED Inc.|
|San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland, California||KQEH||1970||KQED Inc.|
|Los Angeles, California||KCET||1970–2011; 2019–present||Public Media Group of Southern California|
|Huntington Beach/Los Angeles, California||KOCE||1972||Public Media Group of Southern California|
|Los Angeles, California||KLCS||1973||Los Angeles Unified School District|
PBS’s diverse programming lineup caters to a wide range of interests and audiences alike. From comprehensive news coverage to captivating documentaries and educational children’s programming, PBS is home to commercial-free entertainment of all shapes and sizes. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular programs you’ll likely find on the channel today.
News programming is one of the largest programming types on PBS. From current events to breaking stories to level-headed analysis, PBS news programming aims to inform viewers about significant bulletins around the world without slant.
Some of the most popular long-running programs include PBS NewsHour, Amanpour & Company, and BBC World News America. Together, these three shows provide comprehensive and balanced coverage of global and national news to PBS viewers.
PBS also has plenty of documentary programming. From history and science to culture and nature, PBS has a documentary series on just about any subject you can imagine. Like the news, these programs shine a light on real-life events and people. However, they tend to hit harder than objective journalism.
Some of the most popular documentary programs include NOVA, American Experience, and P.O.V. These series use a mix of archival footage, interviews, and even reenactments to educate and engage PBS audiences. For lighter fare, PBS also airs unscripted shows like Antiques Roadshow and This Old House.
You can’t talk about PBS without mentioning PBS Kids. After all, Sesame Street has played a key role in PBS’s continued success throughout the years. Through playful characters and interactive segments, PBS Kids shows teach younger viewers about letters, numbers, and even social skills.
Some popular children’s programming currently airing on PBS includes Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Cyberchase, Curious George, and, of course, Sesame Street. PBS Kids also airs reruns of Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Across the board, the goal is wholesome and educational programming to teach and entertain young viewers.
PBS isn’t all educational all the time. Sometimes, it plays acquired scripted programming, too. From Downton Abbey to Sherlock to Call the Midwife and beyond, some of the BBC’s most popular programs have found a second home on the Public Broadcasting Service. These air under the Masterpiece umbrella.
While it might not be obvious, there’s a subtle educational value to watching such scripted programming. These dramas typically explore complex themes, notable eras, and a range of human emotions throughout history — broadening the viewer’s understanding of the world outside America in the process.