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Roku 12.0 Livestream Playback Issue. More details & updates
Active Outage - started 2 days ago
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Stats for PBS Public outages in the last 30 days

Number of Outages


Average Downtime

170 mins

Total Downtime

341 mins

Since last incident

3 days

Users reports for PBS Public in the last 12 hours

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Minor · started 2 days ago

Roku 12.0 Livestream Playback Issue

We've identified an issue with Roku devices on Roku software version 12.0 where some users are unable to access the local livestream on the PBS app on Roku. More users may experience this issue as Roku releases the update to more devices over the coming week. We are working on a hotfix and are following up with Roku about the issue. We will update this page as we have news.

Major · 19 days ago · lasted about 2 hours

Bento: Blank Page Updates 5.9.2023

We're currently looking into an issue where Bento pages were updated in the early hours of 5.9.2023 and now display no content apart from the site header and footer. Please follow this page for updates.

Minor · 19 days ago · lasted about 3 hours

Sign in to PBS products with Google is currently not working.

We are investigating reports that users are unable to sign in to PBS products using their Google account. We will update with more info as the team investigates the issue.

Minor · 3 months ago · lasted 1 day

Possible missing listings from TV Schedules for some stations on March 9th and 10th

We have identified an issue with listings missing from some station's TV Schedule Feeds for the evening of the 9th of March through the 10th. We are working on a fix to restore these listings, and will update here when that is ready. Thanks.

Minor · 5 months ago · lasted about 17 hours

Necessary Scheduled Downtime 1/11/2023 from 4AM EST to 4:30 AM EST

A backend update will require the content delivery service to be taken down from 4AM EST to 4:30AM EST. Other than anything locally cached, PBS apps and websites will be down during that time. Thanks.

Minor · 8 months ago · lasted 4 days

Bento Bugs: Video and Poster Components

We have identified two bugs in Bento: - The Video component is not allowing users to add new videos to the playlist feature of the component. - The Poster component does not save text entered for a poster's title or description. We have a fix planned for release on Wednesday, October 19.

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Minor · 8 months ago · lasted 5 days

Bento Post Will only save with image alt text filled in

Currently Blog Posts containing an image will not save if the alt text is not filled out in the post settings menu on the left-hand side of the console. Please make sure to add the alt text field when creating posts. We will update this notice when a fix has been implemented. Thanks.

Minor · 9 months ago · lasted 4 minutes

Local Livestream Error on Select Streaming Devices

The local livestream is returning an error message on Roku devices and buffering indefinitely on Amazon and Android devices, including Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, and Android phones. On Roku, the livestream returns the error message: "Unable to play video. An error occurred while trying to play this video. Error details: Protected content license error." For now, we are asking viewers to try the livestream again at a later time until we can investigate the cause and full impact of this issue.

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