When first starting out with Content Manger, a lot of users make things hard for themselves and don’t let Content Manager do the heavy lifting. If you have multiple signs that all show the same content and you aren’t using playlists, then you’re missing out on a great feature.
You can add templates, content, triggers, and schedules to playlists just like you can with players. Unlike a player, which is mapped to a single endpoint, a playlist is automatically included in any player’s deployment that is within the same level, or in a sub-location. This lets you add content to a single area within the Network Overview but have it impact as many players as you want. In the below example, both Player A and Player B would play the Corp Playlist content.
Playlists have a few different behaviors:
- Override player content. The playlist’s templates and content will always play on the player and if the player has it’s own content, it will be skipped.
- Play before/after player content. The playlist will play either before or after the player’s scheduled content. This is handy if you want to have each player have its own unique content and want to use the playlist to ensure that all your players also show some shared content.
- Include only if player is empty. If the player doesn’t have any templates under it, the playlist will play. Otherwise, the playlist won’t play on the player. This could be used to set some default signage prior to sending a new player to its location. The playlist would show until the local site’s Content Manager user deployed content.
Playlists can be controlled using permissions and can easily be enabled or disabled by a checkbox in its properties menu. When you deploy a sign, Content Manager will automatically determine if there are any playlists impacting that player and will include all the necessary files in the player’s deployment profile. Players aren’t just limited to 1 playlist. You can have multiple playlists, affecting different groups of players and at different levels within your Network Overview and with mixed behaviors.