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Handling live programming that runs longer than expected

Applies to

  • Cablecast 4.4.0+

Answer

Cablecast's Automation Override feature allows you to easily handle live programs that might go long.  In order to override automation:

  1. Wait until the live show goes on-air
  2. From the Main Menu of Cablecast's Web User Interface, click Autopilot, then click Force (Small)
  3. Select the Output that is currently running the live show
  4. Click Override
  5. Click OK to confirm

While automation is overridden, Cablecast will skip any scheduled router events on the specified output.  Device events, such as playing a file on a video server, will still be executed according to the schedule.  When your live show ends, use the following steps to get back to your regularly scheduled programming:

  1. From the Main Menu of Cablecast's Web User Interface, click Autopilot, then click Force (Small)
  2. Select the output that is currently running the live show
  3. Click Resume
  4. Cablecast will prompt you regarding what actions should be taken in addition to resuming automation:
  5. Click OK to confirm.

Additional Information

  • You can use the¬†Force (Matrix)¬†menu instead of¬†Force (Small)¬†if you prefer, the process is the same.
  • You will only be presented with the Crawl options if you have System Settings : Channel : <Channel Name> : DSK :¬†Standalone Crawl Schedule enabled.

Advanced Usage

You might want to schedule your live shows with a duration that is "too short".  For example: If you have a basketball game that you expect will be 1:30:00, you might want to schedule it for 0:30:00 and override it as soon as it starts.  This will allow you to schedule content on the channel that should run in the event that the game ends earlier than expected.

If you are also recording this run using the Record Run option, you will need to do a little extra work.  The Automation Override feature DOES NOT change the end behavior of the recording operation.  If you schedule the run for a shorter than expected time, make sure to switch to the Record schedule and extend the recording.  Using the above example, you might want to use something like the following durations:

Expected length of live event 1:30:00
Duration of scheduled Show 0:30:00
Duration of scheduled Record 2:30:00
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