What Channel Is PBS On DirecTV?

by Mark Chen | Updated 12/30/23

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Almost all DirecTV customers can watch PBS on Channel 389.  But if you don’t want to surf all the way to Channel 389, there’s lowered numbered channels where you can watch great shows on PBS like Masterpiece Theater and Antique Roadshow instead.

These channels are different depending on where you live.  We researched the top 100 cities in the US to find all the places you can watch PBS.

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DIRECTV PBS Channel List

PBS Channels By City

Birmingham21, 394, 395Baltimore22, 389
Little Rock2, 389Detroit56, 389
Yuma65, 389Minneapolis2, 17, 22, 389
Phoenix8, 389St. Louis11, 394, 395
San Francisco22, 54, 389Charlotte30, 58, 389
Bakersfield65, 389Omaha26, 32, 389
San Diego15, 389Albuquerque3, 5, 389
Fresno18, 389Las Vegas10, 389
Sacramento6, 389New York13, 21, 49, 50, 389
Los Angeles24, 50, 58, 389Columbus34, 389
Denver6, 12, 389Oklahoma City13, 389
Colorado Springs8, 389Portland10, 389
Washington DC22, 32, 42, 389Philadelphia23, 39, 389
Jacksonville7, 8, 389Nashville8, 22, 389
Fort Worth13, 389Memphis10, 18, 389
Miami2, 17, 389El Paso13, 22, 389
Tampa3, 16, 389Houston8, 389
Atlanta8, 30, 389San Antonio9, 389
Honolulu11, 389Austin18, 389
Chicago11, 56, 389Dallas11, 390, 391
Kansas City19, 389Norfolk2, 15, 389
Louisville15, 20, 30, 68, 389Seattle9, 28, 389
New Orleans12, 389Boston2, 11, 44, 389

PBS On Directv In California & Texas

Unlike other channels that we’ve covered, there’s really no pattern or logic to which channels PBS is available on DIRECTV.

We looked at California and Texas and the channels have no overlap within the big metros of those states and are even on different channel groups.,

For example in California, PBS is on Channel 65 in Bakersfield but on Channel 6 in Sacramento.

It’s really annoying and the easiest way to find the right channel is to take a look at the list below.

San Francisco: 22, 54
Bakersfield: 65
San Diego: 15
Fresno: 18
Sacramento: 6

We did a similar exercise for Texas as well.

El Paso: 13, 22
Houston: 8
San Antonio: 9
Austin: 18

Cities With Different/Multiple Channels

While you can usually watch PBS on DirecTV on Channel 389, there are a couple of cities where that’s not the case.

These cities include Birmingham, Orlando, and Dallas.

In those cities, you’ll need to go to channels 394 and 395 in Birmingham and Orlando and channels 390 and 391 in Dallas.

The lowered numbered channels for these cities are 21 in Birmingham, 18 in Orlando, and 11 in Dallas.

PBS usually has one or two lowered numbered channels other than 389 but there are some cities that really love PBS and have more than two.

The cities with the most PBS stations are Louisville and New York City.  Channel 13, 21, 49, and 50 are all places where you can watch PBS in NYC while 15, 20, 30, and 68 are the right places in Louisville.

PBS is also super popular in LA, Washington DC, Boston, Minneapolis, and St Louis.

We put together a list of channels for these cities below.

Los Angeles: 24, 50, 58
Washington DC: 22, 32, 42
Boston: 2, 11, 44
St Louis: 11, 394, 395
Minneapolis: 2, 17, 22

directv pbs channel guide

Other Options

There are some channels where PBS tends to be on Directv channel lineups.  The most popular channel numbers for PBS are 2, 8, 11, and 22.

Channel 8 and Channel 22 are the most popular channels.  PBS is on Channel 8 in places like Little Rock, Miami, Boston, and Minneapolis

You can watch PBS on Channel 22 in San Francisco, Baltimore, El Paso, and Washington DC.

For the right cities for Channel 2 and Channel 11 – look below.

Channel 2 PBS Cities: Little Rock, Miami, Norfolk, Minneapolis, Boston

Channel 11 PBS Cities:  Honolulu, Chicago, Dallas, St Louis

One thing that’s interesting is that PBS doesn’t seem to be popular in Brownsville.  You can only watch PBS on Channel 389 in that city.

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Mark Chen is the founder and CEO of BillSmart. As a 7-year veteran of the bill negotiation space, he's saved Americans $25mm+ on their phone and cable bills. In his free time, he enjoys watching shows on TV like Yellowstone and college football.