Without donations, public broadcasters would be forced to kowtow to advertisers with Skittles Presents Reading Rainbow and the PBS 5-Hour Energy NewsHour. Protect free programming with today's Groupon for a membership to HoustonPBS. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a basic membership to HoustonPBS (a $40 value).
- For $125, you get a director's circle membership to HoustonPBS (a $250 value).
HoustonPBS, the country's oldest educational television station, beams critical knowledge, entertainment, and news into households in more than 30 counties in southeast Texas. Support by members, which makes up more than 60% of the station's budget, sustains their varied schedule and offers viewing alternatives to the bloodsports and commemorative bloodsport-plate sales that dominate commercial channels. In addition to celebrated programs for adults and children, including Frontline, Arthur, and Austin City Limits, the schedule brims with locally produced fare such as InnerVIEWS, which has featured illuminating discussions with Edward Norton, Arianna Huffington, Dan Rather, and other notables.
All basic members of the station receive the plethora of discounts and extras granted by the group's exclusive perks card, including reduced rates for cultural events, educational organizations, and the mysterious truth serum used by Charlie Rose. Friends of the station also gain access to exclusive online content and a membership services hotline. Director's Circle-level supporters, meanwhile, receive invitations to special events at HoustonPBS, as well as a physical token of the station's gratitude in the form of a lock of Rick Steves’s hair.