What is PBS Account?

PBS account provides a way for you to establish a unique PBS profile and maintain a singular identity across all PBS ecosystems. PBS account may be used to access PBS products like Bento and Media Manager.

  • PBS account is required to access the Merlin Admin Tool.
  • Newly created accounts will not have immediate access to the admin tool.
  • PBS must update account permissions for all new accounts before you can add content to Merlin.
  • Once PBS has received your username(s), you will be set up in Merlin (for stations, your station group will be set up). You will then receive a confirmation email letting you know that access to the Merlin admin tool has been granted and you may begin adding content to the database.

(info) Stations can request additional PBS accounts be created by submitting a support ticket and include the PBS usernames that need to be added.

How to create a PBS account

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(info) Click the Keep me logged in checkbox if you would like Merlin to keep you signed in to your account each time you return to the site (Figure 2.7).

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You now have a PBS account and can log in to the PBS Confluence site.  For users who need to access Create a PBS Account, follow the rest of the instructions on this page.

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At this point you must have administrative permissions assigned to your account in order to use Merlin.  To achieve this:

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How to create a strong password

A strong password:

A password might meet all the criteria above and still be a weak password. For example, Hello2U! meets all the criteria for a strong password listed above, but is still weak because it contains a complete word. H3ll0 2 U! is a stronger alternative because it replaces some of the letters in the complete word with numbers and also includes spaces.

Tips for remembering your password:

  • Create an acronym from an easy-to-remember piece of information.

  • Substitute numbers and symbols for letters and words in an easy-to-remember phrase.  Example: Pick a phrase that is meaningful to you, such as I love winter. Using that phrase as your guide, you might use 1l0v3w1nT3r for your password.

(warning) If you feel you must write down your password in order to remember it, make sure you don't label it as your password, and keep it in a safe place.