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VOD rules rolling pattern

March 27th, 2018 (Revision 2), print this page

We have added the ability to create “rolling patterns” with Mediagenix On-Demand’s Catch-Up add-on.

This note describes this change in full, and, as usual, you can contact support or your Technical Account Manager for further clarification.

When creating VOD rules for catch-up, it is common to set up a rule which links a video on demand schedule entry to the linear transmission of the content. Your rule might say: “make my content available for 7 days after the first linear airing completes.”

Rolling patterns add a new way to schedule catch-up content. With rolling patterns, you can define a specific number of the maximum number of episodes to always be available (within the constraints of your rule). As always when working with rules, the rule will automatically take into account any changes to your linear schedule, automatically updating your video on demand schedules.

When you set the number of episodes in a rolling pattern, any new episode past this limit will displace the first episode already available. For example: with a rolling pattern of 5 episodes, and episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 available, making episode 6 available will set the end date of the schedule entry for episode 1 to be before the start date of the schedule entry for episode 6 (effectively removing it from the VOD schedule).

How do you set it up? You start by defining a new rolling pattern within the rule in Mediagenix On-Demand:

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There are additional options to include or exclude episodes within the rolling pattern. Of course, you can select as many episodes - individually or as a range - as you wish, with these options.

  • Include lets you select episodes to be always available within the scope of the rule (for example you might want the season premiere to always be available as a taster episode).
  • Exclude lets you select episodes to omit entirely from the rule (perhaps that clip episode, or your holiday specials are handled differently!).

Once you have created the rule it will create corresponding schedule entries. You can of course still apply all the other restrictions to your catch-up rule (tied to specific transmissions or channels, length of schedule entries, etc).


  • movida#7284 VOD rules rolling pattern