/channels

Channels are essentially playlists of videos. These playlist can be published inside a player or published as RSS feeds. Use these calls to create new channels, search for channels, manage the channel properties (title, description etc.) and delete channels.

Types of Channels

There are five types of channels: manual, dynamic, trending, feed, and search. The type is selected upon creation. It cannot be changed afterwards.

Warning

Trending, feed and search type channels are only available to accounts with the can_recommend entitlement. Please contact us to get your account upgraded.

  • Manual channels are updated by hand. Using the /channels/videos API calls, videos should be added to, positioned in and removed from a channel.
  • Dynamic channels are automatically kept up to date by the system. They are compiled based on the specified rules (e.g. all videos that are tagged with soccer, ordered by date). These rules are part of the properties of dynamic channels.
  • Trending channels contain videos ordered by the amount of very recent play. The are automatically updated by the system. They are also filtered based on the specified rules (e.g. all videos that are tagged with soccer, ordered by date). These rules are part of the properties of trending channels.
  • Feed channels return a set of recommended videos based on a source video. The JW Recommendations Engine continually updates a channel’s results. They are also filtered based on the specified rules (e.g. all videos that are tagged with soccer, ordered by date). These rules are part of the properties of feed channels. Feed channels are known as ‘Similar Video Playlists’ in our customer dashboard.
  • Search channels contain videos ordered by similarity to a search term or phrase. The are automatically updated by the system. They are also filtered based on the specified rules (e.g. all videos that are tagged with soccer, ordered by date). These rules are part of the properties of search channels.