An introduction to OnAir TV
OnAir TV is our TV scheduling software for both linear and OTT TV channels. OnAir TV contains a library, a scheduler, scheduling rules, reports and a system module.
OnAir TV generates playlists and EPG’s based on a set of rules and formats. By automating many aspects of the process of generating playlists and EPG’s, the operation of your TV channels will be more efficient.
Library of OnAir TV
The library is the central storage for all your media assets like movies, documentaries, series and short clips and other schedule items like promo’s, fillers and stills. All assets can be enriched with all the metadata that you need for the scheduling of your playlists, the generation of your EPG’s, the ingestion of commercials into your playlists and the managing of your legal details. The library also contains non-schedule information like distributors, charts, actors and commands. (Commands are used to automate processes.)
All Items can be previewed and edited in the editor. The editor is also the place to edit all the metadata of the item.
Soft division of items
The editor makes it possible to ‘soft divide’ items in multiple parts (Soft division means that the item is not cut into 2 or more separate files, but that 1 or more markers will be placed at the positions were the item should be divided). After you have soft divided the item into different parts, other assets like promo’s or commercials can be placed between the parts. It is also possible to put placeholders for commercial breaks between the parts. Before airing, the scheduler will replace the commercial placeholders with the actual commercials. This is done fully automatic.
Hard divided items
When you receive your items ‘hard divided’ or when your library of your current TV scheduling software contains ‘hard divided’ items, the parts can be put together into one new asset. In between the original parts, other assets like promo’s or commercials placeholders can be placed. Just like at soft divided items, the scheduler can replace the commercial placeholders with the actual commercials.
The advantage of having your hard divided item as a single item in the library is that it is not necessary anymore to drag and drop the different parts to your playlist and to put the promo’s or commercials manually in between.
‘Events’ are used to play ‘events’ like promo’s or commercials before or after the item or between the different parts of the item.
Just drag the item, category or command before or after the item or place it in between the different parts. In this way, it is easy to proceed an item with a promo, to put commercials between the parts or to end the item with a certain other file.
Events can contain items like promo’s or commercials, categories or commands. Commands are use to automate tasks. An example of an command is a placeholder for commercials which will be automatically replaced by the real commercials later on.
The library not only stores all kind of metadata of all the items, it also stores legal information about the items like start and end date of contracts and number of airings that are allowed. Of course, the legal rules will be obeyed by our TV scheduling software.
In addition to all the necessary metadata all items can be enriched with specific EPG data for your different distributors Like Sky, Virgin Media, Telenet, UnityMedia, UPC and many others.
Composite items can be used to put a set of items together in a new item and to schedule them as a single item.
Composite items are used to make a block from existing items. This block can be any size you like; It can consist of a promo and then the main item but it is also possible to put dozens of items in it and to make a whole program with it.
All kind of meta data can be attached to items. OnAir TV Planner provides a default set of metadata, but apart from this, it is possible to define your own metadata and hence enrich all items with the information that you need for your TV channel.
Statistics and logs
OnAir TV Planner will keep a list of all items that have been scheduled and will provide you with a range of reports about the airings of items.