Scheduling Digital Signage Content
In contrast to normal signs, it’s very easy to schedule content for certain times of day with digital signage. We’ll use an example of a cafeteria that has 3 playlists:
- Breakfast special
To spice things up, we want to display Breakfast special in addition to the usual menu during morning hours (8:00 – 10:00) and during lunch time our cafeteria wants to lunch menu instead of the usual menu.
If you don’t know how groups work, then have a look at our groups page first!
Creating a group
First we need to create a group with a base playlist ‘Menu’, then drag & drop our screen to that group
Since we want to play ‘Breakfast special’ in addition to the ‘Menu’ playlist, we’ll schedule a sequence of 2 playlists to be played between 08:00 – 10:00
For lunch however we only want to display ‘Lunch’ playlist, so we’ll just schedule one playlist between 12:00 and 14:00
When done, our schedules look like this:
Now we need to hit ‘Publish’ and the player will download all the playlists that are scheduled
The schedules can be fine-tuned further by adding a start date, stop date or both. This way you can create schedules in advance or expire certain schedules after some time. Taking the cafeteria example further, we could create a Christmas special menu that would be only played between 22.12 – 25.12
You can also specify certain days of week (Monday, Tuesday, …) for which the schedule is active. Our cafe could have an extra menu only on weekends.
It’s also worth mentioning that it’s possible to add ‘conditions’ to certain slides in the playlist itself. You can find the options in the editor when opening up slide options:
My schedule does not start?
Most often if your device does not start playing schedule on configured time, it is due to player device having incorrect time or time zone. Please review your time and time zone settings from the device’s operating system.
I have several schedules for same period?
If the schedules don’t start at exactly the same time (say schedule one starts at 09:00 for 2 hours, schedule two starts at 09:05 for 2 hours), then schedule one would be played from 09:00 – 09:05 and schedule two would be played from 09:05 until 11:05.
If both schedules are set to start at the same time, then most recently created schedule (lowest on the list) will take precedence if you have several schedules starting at the same time.