Category Archives: COVE

QotD 11/29/2010 - Will stations need to monitor COVE video objects to make sure they display correctly in Merlin?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. Will stations need to monitor COVE video objects to make sure they... Read More »

QotD 11/11/2010 - Do Video objects have to be published via Cove Pro?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org. Do video objects have to be published via Cove Pro? No, stations... Read More »

QotD 11/10/2010 - How often is Merlin updated with new content from Cove Pro?

 If you have additional questions, you may find the answers in our Merlin Resource Center. You may also comment here or send us additional questions directly to pbsi_stationservices@pbs.org.  How often is Merlin updated with new content from Cove Pro? Merlin... Read More »

COVE: Merlin's New Magic Hat

Over the past few years, high-definition video content has taken American television and the Internet by storm. One recent study revealed that over 60% of American homes have already made the jump to HD television sets and 75% are expected... Read More »

"Stuff's gettin' better ... stuff's gettin' better all the time"

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PBS KIDS Preschool Video Module for Stations

Since the national launch on PBS KIDS, the success of the Preschool Video player has been amazing. In the month of December alone the player had 66 million stream requests at pbskids.org/video. This is a daily stream average of 2.12... Read More »

Single Episode Player: Video-a-Go-Go

If you're anything like me, you frequently think to yourself, "You know, the COVE portal is pretty sweet, but sometimes I just need one of our episodes to put elsewhere on our site. I mean, I'm lovin' all the cool... Read More »

COVE, Holiday Schedule

Please note we will be working on a modified holiday schedule during the week of Thanksgiving. COVE portal passwords are removed once per week on Wednesdays. Password removal requests must be submitted by Tuesday, 3:00pm EST in order for the... Read More »

COVE Customization Tip: Keep Left!

If your station is currently implementing COVE Pro or COVE Plus, be careful when designing your header image to keep your logo and branding within the designated "safe space" of 650px X  92px starting from the left.  The "safe space"... Read More »

COVE Lite Beta Now Available

The first of three general audience COVE products is now available to all stations via Station Remote Control: COVE Lite, the plug and play player.... Read More »

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... Read More »

COVE QotD: What is the cost to the local stations?

Starting today, we'll be posting a COVE related question and answer daily.  If you have additional questions, add them to the comments or send them directly to us at Station_Video@pbs.org.  The full text of today's question is: What is the... Read More »

COVE Products Rollout to Stations!

Yesterday Station Products & Services distributed its COVE Product Survey.  (Found here.)  Much like a debutante and her cotillion, we decided to celebrate its release with a blog post.  For more information, please visit the COVE Resource Center.  Be sure... Read More »

Thirteen launches Station Video Portal powered by COVE

As the COVE Pilot Program draws to a close, we're continuing to highlight station launches.  This week, we talk with Thirteen's David Hirmes and Debbie Adler about their video portal. (http://watch.thirteen.org) 1. Can you describe the programs added to your... Read More »

QotD: When Can I Get my Hands on COVE?

Today's Question of the Day is by far our most frequently asked question this week:Q: When will you be releasing COVE to non-pilot stations?  I've got content queued up and ready to go, and can't wait to get my hands... Read More »

WHYY launches Station Video Portal powered by COVE

This week marked the launch of the second Station Video Portal from the COVE pilot program, WHYY (http://video.whyy.org/video).  As more of the pilot station video portals begin to launch across the web, we asked WHYY's Rich Baniewicz to shed light... Read More »

PBS.org/video - 1 Implementation Down, 170+ to go

Yesterday afternoon a colleague stopped me in the hallway to express her congratulations on the launch of the new video portal on pbs.org.  It has been a long road to get that experience out the door, and it has been... Read More »

A Paper Clip can be a Wondrous Thing: The Tools of Cove (Part 4 of 5 in a Series)

For seven years in the late 80s, early 90s, I had one idol. A man that could take any ordinary, everyday office implement and disarm a nuclear bomb. A man that could take physics and chemistry and solve any life... Read More »

The Local/National COVE Pilot Program (Part 3 of 5 in a series)

When I was a kid, one of my favorite candies was Willy Wonka's Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip. I have such fond memories of running across the street to the market, dropping some coin on the counter, grabbing one of those tri-fold... Read More »

A Suite Deal: The Players of COVE (Part 2 of 5 in a series)

When I became a teenager of legal driving age in Florida, I received my first car, a beast of a vehicle handed down to me from my uncle. That lady-killing chariot was none other than a gray 1988 Mercury... Read More »

The Power of COVE (Part 1 of 5 in a series)

As I began thinking a week ago about how I would start this entry, the title of the unparalleled 1985 Huey Lewis & the News hit "The Power of Love" kept popping into my head. The obvious similarities to... Read More »

What is COVE?

The term "COVE" has been heard pretty widely throughout the system lately. It's a term used quite readily to describe the new "player" being developed by PBS to feature local and national content. While this is accurate, the term COVE... Read More »

Welcome to the SP&S Blog

Happy New Year, and welcome to v.1 of the new Station Products and Services Blog!  This space is designed to be one small step towards creating a more collaborative environment between PBS station Web professionals and PBS Interactive staff.  To... Read More »