PBS KIDS Video Education App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: PBS KIDS
  • Updated: May, 12 2011
  • Version: 2.0.7
  • Size: 4.25 MB

Languages: English

Seller: PBS Kids

Update now makes app compatible with iOS 5.0 and above.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
111 Ratings
All Versions:
6885 Ratings


*This app update is only compatible with iOS 5.0 or higher.

Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts.

* A Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner (2013)
* A Cynopsis Kids !magination Award Winner for Best Educational App (2012)

The app provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience for all ages. Kids can easily browse and watch videos at home, on the road, or anywhere with a 3G or WiFi connection.

Every week, the app will introduce your child to a new “Weekly Pick,” a set of fun educational videos that will engage him or her in reading, science, math and more.

The app also includes features that parents can access by sliding the “i-bar” to the right:

* Access your local PBS station TV schedule.
* Tap the heart icon to add a show to your child’s favorites list.
* Share videos via email, Facebook or Twitter.
* Learn more about a TV series, such as intended age and learning goals.
* Download related PBS KIDS apps.
* Buy shows from iTunes or PBS KIDS Shop.

The PBS KIDS videos may only be viewed from within the United States. This is due to restrictions on PBS's license to offer this service.

PBS KIDS Video is a key part of PBS KIDS’ commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of children through curriculum-based entertainment—wherever kids are. More PBS KIDS videos may also be found online at pbskids.org/video. You can support PBS KIDS through the selection of other apps and TV shows available in the iTunes Store.

This app was designed by PBS KIDS and developed by Three Pillar Global, Inc.

Users experiencing a problem in which the app is stuck on the loading screen can fix the issue by following these steps:
- Go to the home screen on your device
- Double tap the Home Button to open the list of background apps
- Press and hold on the PBS KIDS Video app
- Press the red X to quit the app

Customer Reviews

  • No longer works on my 2nd gen iTouch!

    by Son love this app

    My son loves this app, but it no longer loads on my iTouch! Please fix.

  • Great App

    by Bobalou06

    My son loves the app. I've suggested it to other moms.

  • Awesome!!!

    by wadesuzi

    My 2 year old loves this app. He easily maneuvers through it to select what he wants to see. Thank you so much for an amazing app for young kids. It's so hard to find without ads and costly upgrades.


    by Jaynasmom

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making this available to us again!!!!!! I have the first generation iPad and my 5yr old was very sad when this app stopped working. This made our day. I was also using it during homeschool so again thank you from two very happy users!!!!

  • Love it but…

    by LogoM8

    Remove Peg+Cat!

  • Super happy again!

    by 4justsad

    ****UPDATE****. Thank you for making PBS kids available again for the older iPads. We are all so happy and say thank you!

  • 5 stars

    by D-online

    We love this app!

  • Mr. Rogers please

    by Evolutionistrue

    Episodes of Mr. Rogers do not work for iPad on the PBS website due to Adobe Flash issues. It would be so nice to have them available through this app.

  • Pbs

    by Kids!!!!!!

    It is awsome for kids to watch

  • Awesome App!!!!

    by CJ2009B

    Love this app!!! One suggestion: I wish we could pick which episodes we want our kids to watch (maybe a check next to the episode).

  • Amazingly good!

    by Ipod Siruis

    Great layout. Outstanding access to an extensive list of shows and episodes. The ability to watch this many fully episodes is wonderful for kids! Would love to see ability added for airplay to stream from iPad through Apple TV. But that would only enhance an already great app!

  • Love this app

    by Chris6565

    I don't know why it has some bad reviews. It works for me on everything from old iPads and iPods to new iPads and iPhones.

  • Works again for ipad1!

    by NMUO

    Glad to see PBS got this fixed. This app outcompeted everything else for my kids on the iPad before the software update killed it.

  • Love it

    by Itsmeagainmomof4

    My two year old loves this app. We have it on both the iPad and tablet!

  • 3 year old loves it

    by kbird4

    I like it too, her mom.

  • Great

    by Mjh1234

    Its a great app for the kids and very easy for them to use even my 2 year old can work this app very happy with it and so are the kids

  • OMG........WHYYYYYYYYYY???!!!! Thank you!!

    by AleisaiaH

    Thank you for fixing it!! My son loves it and has been asking for it since it stopped working. Why are you stopping to support iPad 1???? My son loved this app and now no longer works!!!! Don't get bully by corporate America trying to forcing people to keep buying the latest iPad. iPad works great but fewer and fewer apps are now not working since they want you to upgrade to newer model.

  • So delighted

    by AJSKJJ

    I love this app for my 20 month old son. It is great that the developer took app feedback and fixed the app to run on older generation ipads!

  • Best

    by I play for hours!!!

    I'm 9. Still a great app! My favorite shows:all on here! Except for one, peep and the big wide world /poycoyo (excuse spelling mistakes) just because they're two different shows in one half hour. If you're child loves pbs kids best app ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Works on original iPad again!

    by Elomqerk

    Thanks for the update!

  • App no longer works

    by Pat1444

    My daughter loves this act but unfortunately the act continues to freeze up. My daughter have not been able to use the app for several weeks. I submitted an e-mail to PBS last week asking for help in preventing the app from freezing. I am still waiting on a response.

  • Waste!

    by Tash_fung

    It doesn't work!!!!

  • Please fix app!

    by CamV007

    My son has been absolutely devastated since this last so-called update. It just takes forever for the videos to load. Please fix soon.

  • Love it

    by Mist 1

    I'm nine years old too

  • Arthur is Back

    by A Rainy Night

    Thanks for fixing.

  • Love this!

    by Momnaggs

    My grandsons loves this app!

  • Still broken on my 3GS

    by JetPuf

    Works great on my iPhone 5, however I need something that actually works on the 3gs I let my kids throw around. It constantly says there isn't enough bandwidth. My wifi is 25mb down!

  • Love

    by MeganDallas

    Love this app <3 lifesaver on long car rides

  • Thank you for listening fixing the update!

    by Brandon_Ray

    My granddaughter is happy again! And so am I! She loves PBS more than anything.

  • Thank you for fixing it!

    by jasonandhart

    I'm changing my review to 5 stars because you fixed it so it works on iOS 5 again. My daughter loves using this app on our old original ipad that has iOS 5. Thanks so much!!!

  • Thank you PBS!!!!

    by carlandmarissa

    The recent update fixed the issue. My child can watch on my 1st generation iPad again. Thank you for your quick reaction to this!! I appreciate it.

  • Lifesaver

    by Gobblegabs

    What a wonderful app. Now we don't have to wait for the non-pbs kids shows to finish.

  • Great

    by Hazelieee

    This is an amazing app! My kids love it

  • I love it!

    by yellowpeanut

    all of my fav shows are on there even the new ones!!!!

  • Still does not work

    by Kellytd

    App still shows slow video screen on 3GS. Even after the jan update. Sound but no video play back.

  • Hurray for the iOS 5 fix!!

    by Gumby1818

    After a HUGE upset about the previous update that left iOS 5 users in the dust the folks at PBS responded to their customers concerns and fixed the app so it works for older devices again. Bravo PBS!!

  • Frustrated

    by 57dgjl

    Never seems to connect to the pbs server. It's a great app if it would work.... Ever.

  • There is a show missing

    by Maya Gigglel

    I hate this app! First go all, I don't have many likes. And the only like I had was Arthur, and it wasn't thereThe stupid peg and cat show replaced it! Second, when I tried to look for it, I went to looked and Arthur, and it wasn't there!

  • Thanks pbs

    by daniel decremer

    Thanks PBS for letting people use the older i pads.My two year old loves watching this app on my first gen I pad thanks again

  • Great app for kids - works again on OS5 and 1st gen iPads!

    by David in ATX

    Thanks for hearing the feedback and providing a fix to the last update. The app works perfectly on older iPads now. A big thank you to the pbs kids app developers.

  • iPad app fixed!

    by Diana337

    Thank you for fixing the app! We love it!!

  • Thank you PBS!!!!

    by Doesn't work :-(

    Thank you for fixing the PBS kids app for my iPad!!!! My two year old absolutely loves this app. Now I can have my laptop back!!! :-) Greatest app ever!!!

  • Fixed

    by sweeties2

    Thanks for fixing this app. My grandchild is watching again right now. She is very excited you updated it again for my older IPad.

  • My kids love this app!!

    by PooreMama2011

    Great for kids to stay entertained while shopping or out and about and you need to keep them busy. It gives them many choices. I only let them choose the educational ones though.

  • UPDATE 1/5/14 My kid is heartbroken

    by NunyaBidiness

    Crashes since last update. UPDATE: Thank you PBS! This app works again and my child is so pleased (as am I). A wonderful app that allows me to not worry about what my child is exposed to.

  • Back in business

    by Bratmom

    That's for the bug fix for iOS 5! I have a very happy 5 year old watching it on her hand me down iPad!!!

  • Great

    by Shamonn

    It has cool shows. It would be really cool if some how we can watch it without wifi. More full episodes will be great. But, it's great and fun for the kids.

  • iPad 1

    by Argeilah

    This new version is still not compatible with iPad original. I'm running iOS 5.1.1. Others seem to have it working. Was it tested on iOS 5.1.1 ??

  • Not Working

    by Minman1023

    I am running a first generation iPad with iOS 5 and i am still not able to get the application to load correctly. I reinstalled the app but when I click the icon it just crashes. My son loves this app when it was working.

  • YEA!!

    by Really angry mom

    Thank you PBS kids-first generation iPad kids can watch again! Awesome app!

  • Arthur is gone

    by A Rainy Night

    What a nightmare. The update has a lot oddball shows and no Arthur. Delete delete delete.

  • Thanks for the fix!

    by CKunzz

    My son loves this app!!


    by Mady's GM

    I was very disappointed the last time I updated this app on my iPad and it no longer worked. My 2 year old granddaughter loves this app and kept trying to open it and it would just open and then close. I tried using just the PBS site but it was not the same and way too slow!! So when I saw it could be updated again I did and then kept my fingers crossed. Well, I am happy to say it works!! I can't wait for Mady to try it tomorrow. I wanted to write this so that everyone who had problems last time they updated will know that it now works.

  • Unusable now for 1st generation :-(

    by Corbett Mama

    Two very sad little kiddos now that this app is unusable on 1st generation iPads.

  • Help

    by Unhappy 7 yo

    Why can't we still use the app with the lower IOS software. We loved this app and no longer can use it. Please fix

  • I got lucky!

    by hawk42379

    When my kids said they could not get this app to work anymore I did some looking and found what many unhappy people have found. I found that I was being left behind because I either can't afford new hardware or have hardware that is still perfectly functioning that should not have to be replaced. I however got to thinking and remembered I had backed up all my files recently because I was upgrading my computer and was able to go into my back up and pull the old version out of there. So my kids are happy because they can use this application again, but I am unhappy that the update takes out a large market of people who may have a newer device for themselves and gave their old device to their kids so they did not have to worry about the new one getting damaged. I like this app and would rate it higher if it was still usable for all people.

  • Another 1st gen iPad user

    by jdl320

    App doesn't work anymore. Please fix.

  • BOO!

    by gotosleepnow

    My son LOVED this app but due to the newest update it won't work on the original iPad. I am so very disappointed that you had to do this. Plenty of other apps have had update but continued to work for our obsolete (3 year old) iPad. Shame on you PBS, you broke the hearts of many children.

  • Another iPad 1 user who can't use this app

    by Orange Deb

    At least let us return to the old app version.

  • Is there a way to support an older version like Netflix does?

    by TGMMom

    App stopped working on the original iPad. Netflix allows you to load an earlier version. Perhaps this would be a fix for PBSKids?

  • Original iPad? Out of luck

    by @JLanie

    Confirmed with email from PBS the app will not work on the 1st Gen iPad anymore. Really wish we hadn't updated the app. It was working just fine. Here are my grievances: 1) Killing support for earlier operating systems is dumb and as someone mentioned not the smartest move for a publicly funded entity to exclude any user-base. 1st gen iPads aren't door stops. They are functional devices that are being handed down to the core audience for this app. 2) PBS developers need help from their communications team or need a better communications team. The tech specs (as of 1/3/2014) still list iOS 4.3 or higher. Indicating that the app UPDATE only works with iOS 6 or higher doesn't adequately or clearly communicate that the ENTIRE app is now incompatible with earlier iOS versions. Proposed solutions: 1) Provide an iOS 5 version and an iOS6 version. (From the feedback I read I wonder if the app was a total rewrite and the newer version is a data hog.) Add a disclaimer for iOS 5 users that the app won't be supported with more updates. 2) Document the work-around other users have indicated to restore a previous version of the app. 3) Need funds to support the app development/support? Charge for the app and disclose that the funds are going for that purpose. It could also be a donation/revenue stream for PBS. I'm more likely to spend $ on an app and more frequently than a telethon. Come on PBS - get it together. Hell hath no fury like a mother of upset toddlers.

  • What?!?!

    by DKMLZ

    Why is this app no longer working!?!? How is that fair to your earliest and best fans?!?


    by PO'd II (popular name)

    Thanks a lot, Apple. My daughter loves to watch PBS, as she has for the last 3 years on her iPad. You couldn't keep the version that runs on older iPads? The answer is yes, you could. But you refuse. This is what makes Apple products less and less desirable. If you think we're going to just buy the next several hundred dollar item to work for every update, you are clearly out of touch with your market.

  • Stopped Working

    by Mimi060913

    My kids loved this app; now it no longer works on first edition iPad. Immensely disappointed!

  • For shame PBS

    by goodwood.

    What else can be said that all of the previous recent poor reviews haven't? So sorry so many of us parents have to disappoint our children by not being able to entertain them because we don't have the $$$ to upgrade our already expensive iPads. Shame on you corporations.

  • Angry kids.

    by Toadsch

    Make this work with first gen iPads so my son will be happy again. Bad PBS, bad.



    Does not work anymore on 1st gen IPad because of latest update. My 3 yr old angel that has Downs Syndrome loves this app, and she is so sad now that it won't work! Please revert back to old version or fix. Thanks so much!

  • Thanks for making my sons favorite app unavailable to us!

    by Arienney

    I CAN NOT believe this app is only compatible with ios6! You just took away my sons favorite app because we have a first generation iPad. Get a clue and either fix it or release another that works with older iPads!!!!!!!!!

  • fail! wont even launch!

    by Mitch177

    how did this even make it onto the app store?? someone isn't doing their job!

  • Should not have dropped support for older iOS versions...

    by Blemke

    Really disappointed in PBS lack of understanding it's user base. Not all families can afford the newest iPads for their kids to use and now you make the app only usable with iOS6 and higher.

  • Update

    by OldChicagoBrEW

    Part of software release is testing to ensue it works on all versions as intended. This version does not open on original iPad. Please look into the problem.

  • IPAD 1

    by Lee#28

    This has been my daughters favorite app but now after the latest update it will not open. I guess it doesn't work with IOS on her IPad 1.

  • Works on A6 and A7 devices, laughs at A4 devices (and sometimes iPad 2/3/mini)

    by Bill Somethingorother

    I have access to a plethora of iOS devices running different versions of iOS (since Apple won't update the iPad 1 or iPod Touch 4), and my experience is this - iPad 4, iPad Air, iPhone 5/5c, and iPhone 5s don't have issues with this app as long as you have an LTE or other decent (>5 mbit/second) connection to the internet. Slow (cheap) DSL or Cable, WiMAX (wireless home internet from Clear), and 3G connections will choke on this app. iPhone 4, 4s, and iPad 3 (and I'm assuming the Mini and 2), along with the iPod Touch 4 and 5 are all touch and go, and (especially with iOS 7) you should quit all other open apps before running this.

  • Revert to older version

    by Coltons_Mommy2009

    First gen iPad, one of my son's favorite apps and the update killed it. I liked the fact that he could watch quality programming anywhere. PLEASE revert back to the older version so he can continue to use this app!

  • Not working anymore

    by BigShark1

    Wasn't broke shouldn't of tried to fix it Go back to old version

  • Quit Working

    by Gwolanin

    My 4 yr old is so upset that "PBS Kids doesn't work anymore", I can't really believe that you're using any new features in IOS 6 & 7 that aren't supported on 5.1.1. It's terrible coding technique as well for the app to just crash w/o notifying user the reason why, your latest update should not have been accepted by Apple.

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