MAM, Scheduling and EPG software for TV channels.
OnAir TV is our advanced MAM, Scheduling and EPG software for TV channels that are looking for an efficient way of managing their video assets, make their TV scheduling process efficient and integrate the EPG generation in the process.
Media Asset Management (MAM)
The library is the central storage for all your media assets like clips, movies, documentaries, series and promo’s, All assets can be searched, filtered and sorted easily. Tools for importing and batch editing are available in order to manage your assets efficiently.
All items can be previewed and edited in the editor, all frame accurate. The editor is also the place where you assign metadata to your items, where you can soft-part your items and where you can attach other elements to items like promo’s or commercials.
Use the 'General' section to add common properties and to preview and edit the video.
Use the 'Breaks and 'Events' for soft-parting and inserting assets like commercial breaks or promo's.
Use the 'Properties' section to store general information about labels, composers and publishers.
The 'Scheduling' part is used for properties that control the automated scheduling of items.
Manage or review the Airing, Series or Rerun details of an item in this section.
Add and edit EPG data for multiple EPG providers in the EPG section.
Edit and view the necessary legal data of an item in the legal section.
If you are in need of a custom set of metadata, this is the place to edit and control such datasets.
Add and edit images for your items in the Art section.
Easy attach items like documents or other files to an item.
View all relevant statistical data of an item in the 'Statistics' section.
The Planning Rules
The Planning Rules is the part of the software that holds all the rules that are used to generate playlists. This part takes the hard work out of the scheduling process with its built-in intelligence. The Planner makes OnAir TV a very powerful tool for TV channels who would like to plan and schedule in an efficient way.
The Long Tem Planning
The long Term Planning is not only the replacement for Excel Sheets, PDF’s and Word documents, it will also serve as a template for the automatic scheduling proces.
The long term planning is the highest level of the Planning Rules and it consist of 3 layers: Blocks, Reruns and Airings. Each of these layers serve different ways of scheduling. With these layers you can automate the entire scheduling proces.
Blocks are reusable containers that holds Scheduling Rules like: Start with a commercial break, then schedule a promo and then schedule the latest world news and end with a commercial break.
You can create a block once and then reuse it multiple times, like every Monday between 10 and 11.
Reruns are placeholders for items that have an Premiere and then needs to be repeated multiple times.
An example of a Rerun is: Schedule the Saturday night documentary every Saturday at 9 and repeat it Monday at 4, Wednesday at 8 and Friday at 7.
Airings are items that need to be planned one or multiple times at a fixed times like: Schedule the concert ate Sunday at 2 and schedule it again Wednesday at 8
Blocks can be populated with a variety of Commands. Commands are lines in your set of planning rules that will automate certain actions. OnAir TV contains a big set of commands. Here are a few examples:
Schedule a series
To automatically schedule series.
To pull commercials form external sources, like a third party commercial planner or from an external agency.
To force blocks to have a specified length and to fill any gaps with fillers.
Custom commands: To insert playout specific code in the playlist which can trigger the playout software to perform certain functions like showing a logo or switching to a live input.
Insert newest item from a category
To schedule the newest item from a category, for example a news category.
Continue after break
To interrupt an playing item at a certain time and continue with the item after the interruption.
The Scheduler creates the playlists based on your Long Term Planning.
Once the playlist is created it can be changed manually if needed.
The result is a playlist which can be exported to your play-out system of choice. The playlist can also be exported to a variety of EPG formats.
Connect OnAir TV to the play-out system of your choice
OnAir TV has integrations with playout systems like Cinegy, Playbox, Broadstream, GrassValley, Tools On Air, TV Player and Rohde & Schwarz. Besides these exporters OnAir TV is also able to control play-out software with either the VDCP or MOS protocol. (You need a play-out system because OnAir TV is a MAM, scheduling and EPG system only, it has no playout capabilities.)
Automatically generate your EPG’s
When the playlists are generated, the EPG’s are automatically created in the desired formats of your provider. Besides provider specific exports, the playlist can also be exported in JSON or XML for general use.
OnAir TV offers you a complete and easy to use RESTful JSON-based Webservices API. The API will make it easy to communicate with the OnAir TV and to retrieve all kind of information which can be used on your website or mobile app. Our Webservice API will also enable an easy, standardized way to develop integrations between OnAir TV and third party products or IT systems. It is even possible to develop new functionalities for OnAir TV.
Get in touch!
Interested in knowing more?
If you would like to find out if OnAir TV could be of value for your organization, we propose the following steps:
1. Let’s make acquaintance
If you are interested in our MAM, Scheduling and EPG software for TV, we would like to make acquaintance with you: What kind of channel or channels do you operate, how does the daily schedule look and what are the current challenges you would like to address?
2. Organise an on-line demo
After we have received the information we can organize an on-line demo. In this demo we will show you how to operate our MAM, Sscheduling and EPG software for TV. We will show you how the Library and Editor works and will show you how to generate playlists. For the online demo we can use tools like Skype, Meets, Zoom or Teams.
3. Setting up a Proof of Concept (PoC)
If you think that based on the on-line demo OnAir TV could be of value for your company, we can prepare a Proof of Concept (PoC). In this PoC we will prepare our software for real use for your channel. Together with you we will make a Long Term Planning with appropriate blocks and reruns and populate the library with an category structure. The software will be installed on your computers and you can test OnAir TV for 14 days.
4. Do business
If you have tested the software and you are satisfied with it we can do business. The contract will be signed and the trial version will be turned into a production version.
5. Configuration and training
Optionally we can provide you with training and assist you with the configuration and implementation.
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