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Perpetual TakeOver Channel

The following page showcases a use case that emphasizes on setting up a project on how to create a Perpetual TakeOver channel that plays for a specific time day and time continuously.

Use Case Description

This Use Case explains how to create a channel that takes over from the normally playing channel for a display or group of displays. The takeover will occur for a specific day and time perpetually. For example, there is a Perpetual TakeOver channel that plays every Friday from 9AM to 10AM. During this time, no other channel should play. The following example showcases creation of a perpetual takeover channel that plays allows the content to play every Wednesday for 2 hours from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Preconditions

Before you start this use case, make sure you understand how to:

Primary Actors

Content Authors

Setting up the Project

Follow the steps below to set up a project:
Setting up the Channels and Display
  1. Create an AEM Screens Project titled as PerpetualTakeOver , as shown below.
  2. Create a MainAdChannel in the Channels folder.
  3. Select the MainAdChannel and click Edit from the action bar. Drag and drop some assets (images, videos, embedded sequences) to your channel.
    The MainAdChannel in this example demonstrates a sequence channel that plays content continuously.
  4. Create a TakeOver channel that takes over the content in MainAdChannel and will play every Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
  5. Select the the TakeOver and click Edit from the action bar. Drag and drop some assets to your channel. The following example showcases a single zone image added to this channel.
  6. Set up a location and display for your channels. For instance, the following location MainLobby and display MainLobbyDisplay is set up for this project.
Assigning Channels to a Display
  1. Select the display MainLobbyDisplay from the Locations folder. Click Assign Channel from the action bar to open Channel Assignment dialog box.
    To learn how to assign a channel to a display, refer to Channel Assignment .
  2. Populate the fields (Channel Path, Priority, and Supported Events) from the Channel Assignment dialog box and click Save to assign the MainAdChannel to your display.
    • Channel Path: Select the path to the MainAdChannel channel
    • Priority : Set the priority of this channel as 1.
    • Supported Events : Select the Initial Load and Idle Screen .
  3. Select the display TakeOver from the Locations folder. Click Assign Channel from the action bar to assign the takeover chanel.
  4. To assign the TakeOver channel to your display at a scheduled time and populate the following fields from the Channel Assignment dialog box and click Save :
    • Channel Path: Select the path to the TakeOver channel
    • Priority : Set the priority of this channel greater than the MainAdChannel . For instance, the priority set in this example is 8.
    • Supported Events : Select the Idle Screen and Timer .
    • Schedule : Enter the text for the schedule that you want this channel to run the display. The text in the Schedule mentioned in this example is on Wednesday after 14:00 and before 16:00 .
      To learn more about the expressions you can add to the Schedule , refer to the Example Expressions section below.
    • active from : Start date and time.
    • active until : End date and time.
      For example, the text in Schedule and active from and active until date and time here allows the content to play every Wednesday from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.
      Navigate to the display from TakeOver --> Locations --> MainLobby --> MainLobbyDisplay and click Dashboard from the action bar to view the assigned channels with their priorities, as shown below.
      It is mandatory to set the priority of the takeover channel as the highest.
      Now, the TakeOver channel will take over the MainAdChannel at 2:00 pm for two hours until 4:00 pm every Wednesday and play its content from Jan 09' 2020 until Jan 31' 2020.

Example Expressions

The following table summarizes few example expressions that you can add to the schedule while assigning channel to a display.
Expression
Interpretation
before 8:00 am
the channel plays before 8:00 am everyday
after 2:00 pm
the channel plays after 2:00 pm everyday
after 12:15 and before 12:45
the channel plays after 12:15 pm everyday for 30 minutes
before 12:15 also after 12:45
the channel plays before 12:15 pm everyday and then also after 12:45 pm
on the 1st day of January after 2:00 pm also on the 2nd day of January also on the 3rd day of January before 3:00 am
the channel starts playing after 2:00 pm on January 1st, continues playing for the whole day on January 2nd all the way until 3:00 am on January 3rd
on the 1-2 day of January after 2:00 pm also on the 2-3 day of January before 3:00 am
the channel starts player after 2:00 pm on January 1st, continues playing until 3:00 am on January 2nd, then it starts again on January 2nd at 2:00 pm and continues playing until 3:00 am on January 3rd