What is a Broadcast Service? - A broadcast service represents a radio station’s scheduled programming, intended for air to their listeners. A station may have multiple broadcast services, such as one with a News & Talk format and one with a Classical format. In ContentDepot, broadcast services are a new way of thinking about how stations subscribe to programs, receive episodes, and schedule content for playback and listener consumption.
What does it mean for your station? - Broadcast Services will serve as the broker/middleman between subscriptions and receivers. You can have multiple destinations assigned to a Broadcast Service and you can move these destinations around as you wish without needing to subscribe or unsubscribe from programing. We have taken the liberty to help you out by migrating your receivers and ports into broadcast services. This was a 1 to 1 mapping. For example, IDC receiver 1 port 1 will become broadcast service 1, your IDC receiver 1 port 2 will become your broadcast service 2, and so on. Next, you can clean up your broadcast services to have your subscription assigned to backup ports. You can have them assigned to multiple receiver ports, XDS Receivers, and FTP destinations.
Easy Destination Management - You will have the ability to copy broadcast service subscriptions to multiple ports, allowing you to fluidly move ContentDepot Subscriptions from one port and receiver to another. This will allow for port redundancy and the ability to make quick changes.
There is no reason to unsubscribe or resubscribe to existing programming. All you need to do is once your receiver has been added to ContentDepot just assign the destination to the existing Broadcast Services that contains the subscriptions that you would like to receive on your new receiver.
If you have not touched or renamed your broadcast services since the initial migration it might look something like the animation below. All you need to do is click edit > navigate to destinations > then select the receiver and port you would like associated with this broadcast service.
Once this is completed, programming that was sent to your IDC receiver from this Broadcast Service should now be coming to your XDS receiver as well
With the introduction of broadcast services, we have made it easier to subscribe and unsubscribe to programming. This new subscription process will set you up for an easy transition when your ATX receivers are shipped, as well as build out your playout schedule.
Broadcast Services Selection Page - All of your broadcast services will be listed on this page. Each broadcast service lists its name, associated receivers, and port combinations. If you are subscribed to the program it will be prioritized to the top of the list. Once you have decided on a service, just select which one you would like, then continue on to your new subscription page.
Subscription Page - Here you can manage your Live, LWSF, and File subscriptions. The process is similar for each, but with a few minor differences. Each subscription process has a "Quick Flow" and a "Custom Scheduling Flow".
Quick Flow - Quick Flow subscriptions are just that, quick and easy. This type of subscription is set up to receive content when it is available from the producer, and is what you will use most of the time until you are ready to start setting up your playout schedule.
Custom Scheduling Flow - While the Quick Flow process is fast and easy it does not give you the flexibility that we know some stations need. All subscriptions have the option to be a custom scheduled subscription. In preparation for future automation features and ATX receiver playout capabilities, we encourage stations to subscribe with accurate playout information. By doing this, you will set yourself up for an easy transition when these features are made available. For now you will just see this customized playout information on your Broadcast Schedule Page. This show's delivery to your receiver will remain the same and can be viewed on your Live Receiver Schedule page.
Note: Entering your playout information will not affect the delivery of these programs, for now the delivery rules remain the same. You will receive all files with an open air window at the same time you normally receive them, and live subscribed shows will be sent to you as usual.
This page is a visual representation of what you have told ContentDepot your playout schedule is. There are 3 types of shows that will be represented here: Live Show, Delayed Show, and File Show. All of these are displayed in the timeline and are represented with different color and icon combinations.
Note: The information displayed on your Broadcast Schedule is not what will be sent to your receiver. This page will reflect that information once you have received your new ATX receivers and their automation features are enabled. The information that will be sent to your receiver until then can still be viewed from your "Live Receiver Schedule".
We have added a new link in your menu. All station related pages are now easily accessible from the menu bar.
Want to learn more? We've created a video walkthrough that details the new features.
If you want to learn more, here are some more resources.