Scheduling Shows and Playlists

Remember – playlists are based off the server timezone. Set your server timezone under General Settings inside Centova.

Many stations will incorporate some kind of scheduled programming — weekly countdowns, “top 10” lists, or pre-recorded content to be aired at a specific date or time. The Scheduled playlist type allows you to schedule these shows in advance and have them play automatically at the appropriate date(s) and time(s).

Single Playback

A single-playback scheduled playlist will activate on a specific date at a specific time, play to completion, and then disable itself (and never play again).

You can configure a single-playback playlist by creating a new playlist, then:

  1. Set the playlist its type to Scheduled.
  2. Select a date and time using the Scheduled date and Scheduled time fields.
  3. Leave the Repeat schedule option set to Never (one time only).
  4. Click the Save button to save the playlist.

Repeating Schedules

A scheduled playlist with a repeating schedule will activate at a specific time on specific day(s) of the week, month, or year. Each time the playlist activates, it will play to completion before going dormant and waiting for the next activation.

You can configure a repeating schedule by creating a new playlist, then:

  1. Set the playlist its type to Scheduled.
  2. Select the date and time for the first activation of the playlist using the Scheduled date and Scheduled time fields.
  3. Use the Repeat schedule option to select the interval at which you would like the playlist to repeat.
    • Daily playlists activate every day at the specified time, starting on the date you selected in step 2.
    • Weekly playlists activate on the days of the week you specify (Sun-Sat) at the specified time, starting on the date you selected in step 2.
    • Monthly playlists activate each month, either on the day of the month you selected in step 2 or on the first or last day of the month, at the specified time, starting on the date you selected in step 2.
    • Yearly playlists activate every year at the date and time you selected in step 2.
  4. Click the Save button to save the playlist.

Note that you may change the media in the scheduled playlist at any time. So for example, if your “Top 10 Countdown” show airs every Friday at 10:00pm, you can create a single Scheduled playlist with a repeating schedule set for every Friday at 10:00pm, and simply change out the tracks in the playlist every Thursday.

Updated on July 25, 2018

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