Channels

Bizplay channels have much in common with regular TV channels. You can "tune in" to one and then view the "programs" that are on. Those "programs" are the playlists that you have added or scheduled in your channel. You can add or remove as many of your own channels as you like: there are no limitation to this.

Depending on your subscription, you do or do not have the option to schedule multiple playlists in a channel. If you don't then the channel only plays the one playlist that you have dragged into it.

Read more about scheduling playlists in a channel in the "Scheduling" section.

Basic Playback

Channels are displayed with a activity indicator on the left: if it's green, it means the channel is currently playing. If any playback screens are playing the channel, you will see the number of those screens under the indicator. You can hover of that number to see more details. On the right-hand side you see the first playlist that would be played if you were to start playing the channel right now. Underneath that, you can click on the eye icon to start previewing the channel. Hover over or click on the monitor icon to get the unique playback address of this channel. You can watch the channel by simply entering this address into any web browser you like. This is the simplest way to tune in to a channel. A better and more manageable way is through a "registered player", as we'll describe later.

Channels

Sharing Channel With End Users

Since a Bizplay channel is just a regular web page, you can send its playback address to anyone for them to open in any web browser. However, this will count against the number of screen licenses you have purchased in your subscription. For sharing a channel with end users, the better option is to use the shareable playback address. This will show the same channel, but will not use up any screen licenses. Playback is limited to 30 minutes and one-time playback, though, after which a user can choose to play the channel again.

You'll find the shareable playback address by selecting the option Share in the dropdown menu.

You should take into account that some web browsers have certain playback restriction. Most noteably, mobile web browsers will typically not automatically start playing video or audio. This restriction is imposed on purpose by smart phone manufacturers to save data usage.

Restart Playback

You also have the option to restart the playback of the channel on all playback devices by clicking the channel and selecting Restart from the popup menu. All playback devices watching that channel will restart their playback within a minute or two.

Touch Navigation

In the channel settings, you can enable touch navigation. This enables the user to navigate to the next page by touching/clicking the right part of the screen or to navigate to the previous page by touching/clicking the left part of the screen.

Tilted Screen

Playing your content on a vertical (or better: "portrait oriented") screen is becoming more popular. We learned earlier how you can design vertical pages.

Vertical screen

On a playback screen it is easiest if you can set your browser (or Bizplay app) to also display the Bizplay pages vertically. If, however, you cannot set this and are stuck with a horizontal (or better: "landscape") screen orientation, then you can still simply hang the TV sideways and then set your channel to tilt the channel content clockwise or counter clockwise. You can do this by clicking on the channel and selecting the gear icon in the popup menu. In the dialog window that opens, set the screen tilt to either clockwise or counter clockwise.

Mirrored Screens

Apart from tilted playback, Bizplay also offers mirrored channel playback, in case you are using a projector to project an image on the back of a screen.