Monday, July 13, 2009

Scheduling events for more than one broadcast date in one playlist

We discovered over the weekend that S4M has the ability to schedule events from 2 consecutive broadcast dates in the same playlist. This resulted in some of Saturday’s schedule being broadcast on Sunday. Obviously, this resulted in an impact to the bottom line and we needed to prevent this from happening again. Our solution was to have me modify the application that converts the S4M H-series formatted playlist to a D-series one so that if more than one dldate node is found in the H-series playlist, to flag the playlist and not translate it for our playout servers.

The bottom line is this: don’t assume S4M will only generate playlists for a single broadcast day.