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Create Channels

Create Channel

Create a Channel by navigating to the Channels page and clicking Add Channel.

Channel Number

Channel numbers can be whole numbers or can contain one decimal, like 500 or 500.5.

Streaming Mode

Four streaming modes are currently supported. Ideally one of the two primary streaming modes should be used; secondary streaming modes are only needed in some edge cases.

Primary Streaming Modes

The two primary streaming modes are HLS Segmenter (HTTP Live Streaming Segmenter) and MPEG-TS (Transport Stream).

  • HLS Segmenter transcodes content, supports watermarks and offers the best performance at program boundaries
  • MPEG-TS is a light wrapper over the HLS Segmenter streaming mode and provides support for clients that require an HDHomeRun tuner

Secondary Streaming Modes

The two secondary streaming modes are HLS Direct (HTTP Live Streaming Direct) and MPEG-TS (Legacy) (Legacy Transport Stream).

  • HLS Direct does not transcode content and can perform better on low power systems, but does not support watermarks and some clients will have issues at program boundaries
  • MPEG-TS (Legacy) transcodes content and supports watermarks, though some clients will have issues at program boundaries. This mode will be removed with a future release.

FFmpeg Profile

FFmpeg Profiles are collections of transcoding settings that are applied to all content on a channel. The default FFmpeg Profile is probably "good enough" for initial testing.

Channel logos can be added using the Upload Logo button and the logos will display in most client program guides.

Create Schedule

Schedules are used to control the playback order of media items on a channel. Create a Schedule by navigating to the Schedules page, clicking Add Schedule and giving your schedule a name, and selecting the appropriate settings:

  • Keep Multi-Part Episodes Together: This only applies to shuffled schedule items, and will try to intelligently group multi-part episodes (i.e. s05e02 - whatever part 1 and s05e03 - whatever part 2) so they are always scheduled together and always play in the correct order.
  • Treat Collections As Shows: This only applies when Keep Multi-Part Episodes Together is enabled, and will try to group multi-part episodes across shows within the collection (i.e. crossover episodes like Show 1 - s03e04 - Whatever Part 1 and Show 2 - s01e07 - Whatever Part 2).
  • Shuffle Schedule Items: This shuffles the order of schedule items when building a playout, and is mostly used on channels with a mix of shows that require unique schedule item settings per show. Note that this disables fixed start times and flood mode.
  • Random Start Point: This starts each schedule item at a random place within the collection.

Schedule Items

Schedules contain an ordered list of items (collections), and will play back one or more items from each collection before advancing to the next schedule item.

Edit the new schedule's items by clicking the Edit Schedule Items button for the schedule:

Schedules Edit Schedule Items Button

Add a new item to the schedule by clicking Add Schedule Item and configure as desired.

Start Type

Items with a Dynamic start type will start immediately after the preceding schedule item, while a Fixed start type requires a start time.

Collection Type

Schedule items can contain the following collection types:

  • Collection: Select a collection that you have created manually.
  • Television Show: Select an entire television show.
  • Television Season: Select a specific season of a television show.
  • Artist: Select all music videos for a specific artist.
  • Multi Collection: Select all collections within a multi-collection.
  • Smart Collection: Select all items that match a saved search query.


Based on the selected collection type, select the desired collection.

Playback Order

Select the desired playback order for media items within the selected collection:

  • Chronological: Items are ordered by release date, then by season and episode number.
  • Random: Items are randomly ordered and may contain repeats.
  • Shuffle: Items are randomly ordered and no item will be played a second time until every item from the collection has been played once.
  • Shuffle In Order: Items are grouped (episodes by show, music videos by artist, one group for all movies), the group contents are sorted chronologically, and the groups are shuffled together while maintaining their individual chronological ordering.

Playout Mode

Select how you want this schedule item to behave every time it is selected for playback.

  • One: Play one media item from the collection before advancing to the next schedule item.
  • Multiple: Play the specified Multiple Count of media items from the collection before advancing to the next schedule item.
  • Duration: Play the maximum number of complete media items that will fit in the specified Playout Duration
  • Flood: Play media items from the collection either forever or until the next schedule item's start time, if one exists.

Click Save Changes to save all changes made to the schedule's items.

Tail Mode (Duration)

Select how you want this duration schedule item to behave when no more complete media items will fit in the specified Playout Duration:

  • (none): Immediately advance to the next schedule item
  • Offline: Show the ETV offline image for the remainder of the Playout Duration
  • Filler: Fill the remainder of the Playout Duration with the specified collection, followed by the ETV offline image if needed

Guide Mode

Select how you want this schedule item to behave in the channel guide:

  • Normal: show all scheduled items in the channel guide
  • Filler: hide all scheduled items from the channel guide, and extend the end time for the previous item in the guide

Create Playout

Playouts assign a schedule to a channel and individually track the ordered playback of collection items. If a schedule is used in multiple playouts (channels), the channels may not have the same content playing at the same time.

To create a Playout, navigate to the Playouts page and click the Add Playout button. Then, select the appropriate channel and schedule, and click Add Playout to save.