Channels are where you specify which layouts show on which device(s). This article will go through how to set up a channel. With the further reading links below, you can find out how to use schedules and overrides.
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Navigate to the channels section of your account by clicking 'Channels' from the left hand side, click 'New Channel' to create a new channel.
When configuring a channel, there are two main options you need to edit. These are the channel settings and selecting the device(s).
Here you need to give your channel a name, used for your reference. Next you select your 'Default Layout' which will be the layout that will show on the device(s) selected if there aren't any schedules or overrides matched.
Choose the device(s) you want this channel to be pushed to. You can select multiple devices as a single channel can publish content to an unlimited amount of devices. Each device can only be assigned to one channel. Simply click 'Choose devices' and select the relevant devices from the ones registered to your account.
Once your channel has been completed, click 'Create Channel' to save and go back to the channels section of your account. Here you will see your channel with a summary of its settings and some options that can be carried out.
The summary of the channel will show:
Published state - Never published (red cross), Please publish (orange exclamation mark), Published (green tick)
Last published date and time stamp
User who created the channel
The default layout
Number of devices assigned to the channel
Number of schedules and overrides set
The options available:
Edit channel (pencil icon)
Schedule channel to publish (two arrows forming a circle with a clock)
Publish channel (two arrows forming a circle)
Delete channel (trash can)
To distribute your content to show on your device(s) you need to publish the channel by simply clicking the 'Publish channel' icon. The device will need to be online (connected to the internet) to download the channel information (default layout and any schedules/ overrides) published, it will then store this information locally for playback. When the channel has been published the date & time stamp will change, the published state will change to the green tick and the channel size will be displayed.
If your device is offline, the channel will still be published but the device won't download the changes. The device will use the channel information from the last time it downloaded it whilst online.
You can check the last time the device received the channel information, by navigating to the devices section of your account. Press the pencil icon on your relevant device and find the 'Channel Received' date and time stamp under the statistics for that device.
Schedule a channel publish
If you didn't want your content to be published straight away you can schedule your channel to publish. Using the relevant icon you can set a designated date and time for your channel to publish.
Once you have confirmed the date and time, the published state will change to a calendar icon with the 'Will Publish' text. If you hover over this icon it will inform you when the channel is scheduled to publish as well as the date and time it was last published.
Publish from a layout
If your channel has previously been published with a layout, you can publish that channel from the layout itself. This is for ease of use, meaning you dont have to save the layout, navigate to your channels and publish.
In the layout builder, you get a few options when you click 'Save Changes'. Simply click 'Save & publish' then select the relevant channel(s). As mentioned before, only channels that have previously been published with this layout will be available.