Publishing a Cloud Playout Channel

In this topic you will learn how to make a Cloud Playout channel part of your Beacon app.


Once you have created your Cloud Playout channel, there are three steps you need to perform in order to make it part of your Beacon Classic app. They are:

  1. Get information for the Beacon Channel - This assumes you have created a channel and here you get ID numbers you will need later. For instructions on creating a channel see the Creating a Cloud Playout Channel document. This task is performed in Beacon Studio.
  2. Create a Beacon Channel - In Beacon Classic you create a Beacon Channel using the information gathered in step 1.
  3. Add the channel to a playlist - In Beacon Studio you create a playlist and add the newly created channel to the playlist.

Details follow in the sections below.

Get information for the Beacon Classic Channel

Before you proceed you will want to capture information that you will need in setting up your Beacon Classic channel and playlist.

  1. In the Cloud Playout module, click the Channels list, view your channel details page by clicking on your channel.
    Navigate to channel list
    Video List
  2. If you have not already done so, click Activate to activate the channel. See Using Channel Actions for more details.
  3. After the channel has activated, use the main navigation to go to the Media module.
  4. Locate your channel in the list. You should see a LIVE video that was created from your Cloud Playout channel:
    Video List
    Video List

    Note that it will be a Live video with no associated image.

  5. Click on the video name to open the details.
  6. Video for Cloud Playout
    Video for Cloud Playout
  7. Save both the video ID and the channel ID (the long alphanumeric string that follows cloud-playout: in the Tags).

Create a Beacon Classic Channel

To create a Channel in Brightcove Beacon Classic, follow these steps:

Basic data

  1. Log in to Beacon Classic Classic.
  2. In the top navigation, select Channels.
  3. Click the Add new channel button.
  4. In the Basic Data tab, define a Name for your channel.
  5. Enter the Cloud Playout channel ID:
    Enter Cloud Playout Channel ID
    Enter Cloud Playout Channel ID

    To find the Cloud Playout channel ID, see Get information for the Beacon Classic Channel.

  6. In the Content Rating dropdown menu, select your channel's content rating based on the Content Rating System of the country where your channel will be streaming. In the example image, it is for the US TV-Y.
  7. In the Genres Details section, click the Genres dropdown menu to select a genre for your channel (Example: Horror, Drama, etc..) and the Genres Language Preview setting.
  8. If you don’t find the correct genre for your channel, you can create additional ones by clicking the Create Genre button.

Textual Data

The Textual Data section allows you to add displayable text for your Channel.

  1. Select the Textual Data tab.
  2. In the Title field, define a title for your channel.
  3. In the Description field, define a description for your channel.
  4. In the Synopsis field, define a synopsis for your channel.


In the Streams section you will set up streaming information for your channel

  1. In the Streams section, select Brightcove as the Provider and click Add new stream:
    Add New Stream
    Add New Stream
  2. Add the Steams information:
    • Stream Video ID: enter the video ID for the channel's Live stream
    • Devices to Publish: click Select/Unselect All Devices and then remove any that you do not want to publish to
    • Stream Type: select Live
    • DRM Type : select the DRM type you are using or Open
    • Stream Format: select HLS
    Streams Settings
    Streams Settings

Rights & Scheduling

  1. In the Rights & Scheduling section, add the following information:
    • Status: select Published
    • Allow Downloads: choose whether to allow viewers to download content (in most cases, the answer will be no)
    • Rights Type: select Free or whatever is appropriate for your content
    • Start Time: the time to make the channel available (choose a date in the past to make it available immediately)
    • End Time: the time the channel will become unavailable (you can set it far in future if you want it to run indefinitely)
    • Max Streams: You don't need to enter anything - leave it at 0
    • Devices to Publish: click Select/Unselect All Devices and then remove any that you do not want to publish to
    • Permitted locations: enter World or the areas you allow viewing
    • Denied locations: leave blank or enter areas where viewing is not permitted
    Rights & Scheduling Settings
    Rights & Scheduling Settings

Create the channel

  1. After you have entered all the necessary settings, click Create New Channel

Add the channel to a playlist

Because Beacon Classic pages use playlists for content, you need to add your Cloud Playout channel to a playlist. The playlist can contain other videos, but typically it will contain only the channel so that it comprises the page contents.

  1. Go to the Media module in Beacon Classic Studio.
  2. Click Create Playlist.
    Add New Playlist
    Add playlist
  3. In the Create a playlist dialog, enter a name for your playlist then select OTT manual playlist for the playlist type.
    create Playlist
    Create playlist
  4. Click Create playlist.
  5. Make any desired changed to the Playlist settings dialog. The defaults are usually satisfactory.
  6. Close the Playlist settings dialog.
  7. Click Add content.
    add content
    Add content
  8. Click Channels at the top of the dialog, then click the checkbox in front of your channel you want in the playlist.
    add content dialog
    Add content dialog
  9. In the dialog, click Add.

Add channel to a Beacon Classic page

The last step in putting your Cloud Playout channel into your Beacon Classic app is the simplest one: all you need to do is add your playlist containing the channel video to page. See Managing Playlists on Pages for details.


One example of this is adding the playlist to a page of type Hero (Autoplay Channel). Note in the screenshot below:

  • The type of the page is Hero (Autoplay Channel)
  • The Add playlist with channel link was clicked.
  • Those playlists with channels are automatically displayed for selection.
add channel to hero autoplay
add channel to hero autoplay