COVE QotD: Do I Have to Have a Flash Streaming Server to Participate?

Stations will need to have access to stream Flash video in order to add local content to COVE (only COVE Pro). This may be through a major CDN such as Limelight or Akamai, servers owned by your station, or servers owned by some other organization your station has a relationship with.

All COVE products include a player that displays video using Flash.  Stations implementing COVE Plus and COVE Lite are not required to be able to stream Flash video content.  In those cases the streaming is handled by PBS.

Do you have a COVE question?  Post it in the comments below, or shoot us an email at  We'll make sure you get an answer, and may even use you for our next question of the day.


  1. Marilyn Miller
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 12:36 AM | Permalink | Reply

    My bitrate for my video is 537 kpbs (537,000). But I keep getting an error message of:
    Error: Media file 1404917308, with Encoding Profile 'MPEG-4 500kbps' has a bitrate of 277058, which is out of the allowed range [325000, 750000].
    I re-coded the video twice but still find that I'm with in range of what your telling me but when I load it the file on the PBS player it tells me the bitrate is low. What can I do to fix the problem.

  2. Max Duke
    Posted February 5, 2010 at 9:59 AM | Permalink | Reply

    The bitrate for videos should be between 325kbps and 750kbps (combined audio and video). Occasionally, I have seen some problems with some encoders providing different bitrate results than actual bitrates of a video. One thing to try is making sure the bitrate is set to Constant rather than variable during output.

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