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PBS COVE API

The PBS COVE API was created with the intent of exposing PBS video metadata to users. A wide range of data can be pulled using the API including title, descriptions, video type, link to transcript, iTunes purchase link, links to streaming video media, and other metadata. Videos offered online are available through Real Time Messaging Protocol links to .mp4 or .flv encoded videos, while some newer national programs have been encoded for playback on Apple mobile devices using HTTP Live Streaming.

The API itself is divided into three subsections: Categories, Programs, and Videos. Categories are ways of organizing programs and videos, while Programs are "buckets" for one to many Videos. These distinct sections are intended to create a taxonomy for the data exposed by the PBS COVE API, to the end of providing developers with a standard that enables more robust uses of the information the service makes available. All calls to this API must be authenticated - there are no sessions. Every call is limited to 200 results, though subsequent calls can retrieve data in "pages".

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PBS COVE: Highlights

Summary
PBS video metadata service
Category
Video
Tags
Protocols
REST
Data Formats
JSON
API home
https://projects.pbs.org/confluence/display/c ... 
This is 1 of
4 APIs by PBS

PBS COVE: Specifications

Functionality

Client Install Required
No  
Service Endpoint
http://api.pbs.org/cove/v1/

Signup and Licensing

Signup Requirements
Account with service, API Key  
Developer Key Required
Yes  
Account Required
Yes  
Commercial Licensing
 
Provider
open.pbs.org  
Company
PBS  
Non-Commercial Lic.
 
Data Licensing
 
Usage Fees
 
Program Fees
 
Certification Program
 
Usage Limits
No rate limiting. 
Terms of Service
open.pbs.org/pbs-api-terms-of-use/ 

Security

Authentication Model
API Key, API ID 
SSL Support
No 
Read-only Without Login
No 

Support

Vendor API Kits
PHP, Python, ActionScript 3 
Community API Kits
 
API Blog
 
Site Blog
open.pbs.org/ 
API Forum
answers.open.pbs.org/ 
Developer Support
 
Console URL
 

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