Due to the transition from COVE/Merlin to Media Manager, Bento users must request a Media Manager API key in order to access new video content. 

Sites that do not obtain new keys will continue to function as they do today, however, after the transition they will not be able to access new video content. Bento3 users who have already obtained Media Manager keys can continue to use them and won’t need new ones.

To obtain a Media Manager API key and secret, please submit a ticket here: http://digitalsupport.pbs.org/support/tickets/new

What is the Media Manager Video Player component?

The Media Manager (formerly COVE) Video Player component allows you to add Media Manager videos to your Bento site. Media Manager videos populate with the correct ID, title, and short description. All fields can be edited but you cannot leave any fields blank or your component will not save. 

This component only surfaces videos. PBS KIDS videos are not available through this component.


The Media Manager Video Player comes in a large and small version. The large version fills up the entire allotted space of your template while the small version measures 291 pixels wide by 164 pixels high.

Large Version (adjusts to template dimensions)Small Version (291x164)

Where fields surface on the front end

Admin ToolMedia Manager Video Player

How to implement the Media Manager Video Player component 

The Media Manager database offers thousands of hours of programming that you can include on your website using the Media Manager Video Player component. Simply search for videos and choose the ones you want to display. The following instructions show you how.

  • Click the Available Components dropdown menu and click Media Manager Video Player (Figure 1.1).
  • Click Add Component (Figure 1.2).

Figure 1

  • The Media Manager Video Player variables appear. In the Video ID section, click the magnifying glass to browse available Media Manager videos (Figure 2).

Figure 2

  • Use the keyword search and filters at the top to search for Media Manager videos (Figure 3.1).
  • Click the radio button next to the Media Manager video you want to include (Figure 3.2).
  • Click Add Selected (Figure 3.3).

Figure 3

  • All fields are automatically populated with Media Manager metadata. All fields can be edited.

All fields are required. Your Media Manager video player will not save if any fields are left blank.

Do not edit the Video ID or URL.  Changing this will result in the video not being found.

  • If you want the content channel to display on your video, click the Display content channel slider so it displays ON (Figure 4.1).
  • If you want the Title and short description to display on your video, click the Display title and description slider so it displays ON (Figure 4.2).
  • Click either the small (291x164) or large player size radio button to choose the size of the video player you want to display (Figure 4.3). Large is selected by default.

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  • In the Advanced Settings section, click Show to expose more options (Figure 5).

Figure 5

  • If you want to implement social sharing options on your video, click the Display social sharing menu bar slider so it displays ON (Figure 6.1).
  • Click the Enable endscreen slider so it displays ON if you want a screen to appear at the end of the video giving the users additional viewing options (Figure 6.2).  Learn more about the endscreen
  • To choose the times that your video starts and ends, click the Enable custom start and end times slider so it displays ON (Figure 6.3).
    • After enabling custom start and end times, type times into the textboxes provided or click and move the slider to assign start and end times (Figure 6.4).
  • Enable your video to begin playing as soon as users come to the page by clicking OFF on Enable autoplay (Figure 6.5). The button will display ON indicating that the video will automatically begin playing.
  • When you are finished, click Save (Figure 6.6). 

Some notes about start and end times

  • You cannot assign an end time that is earlier than the start time. The end time must always be later than the start time.
  • If your start time is longer than the actual length of the video, your video will jump directly to the endscreen.

Figure 6

The endscreen

The purpose of the endscreen is to offer users the ability to replay the video they just watched and the opportunity to view related videos. The related videos are automatically populated by Media Manager and you do not have control over what is selected. If you displayed social sharing functionality on your Media Manager video, all of the same functionality appears on the endscreen. 

The endscreen is programmed by PBS and is an optional feature.

The social sharing bar

The social sharing bar allows you to share your video via social sharing sites but also provides more information about the video and the ability to get embed code for the video. 

  • Click the information icon to learn more information about the video;
  • Click the </> icon to get embed code for this video;
  • Click the sharing icon to share your video on Facebook, Twitter, Email, and Google+.   

Frequently asked questions

  • What happens to the videos I added with the old COVE video player?
    All existing videos will remain the same. Nothing will change. 
  • Will this component work inside the text component?
    Yes. The Media Manager video player can be added to a text component by clicking the Component dropdown menu on the right side of the text component toolbar and clicking Media Manager Video Player.

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  • If I don't enable the endscreen, what do users see when my video has finished playing?
    The video will return to the first frame and will appear just as it did when the user first came to the video.