Multiple Recurrences

October 4, 2019 Josiah Feuerbacher

This week’s post focuses on beginner level scheduling content in Content Manager. This is a very common activity, and something you might touch regularly. More specifically, we’ll look at how we manage recurring content; content that plays at set intervals over time. In Content Manager, this recurring schedule is aptly named “Recurrences”.

FAa piece of content could have a recurrence based on time of day (every day at 3:00pm), day of week (Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays), or day of month (the last Sunday of every month). You can use these recurrences to help keep your screens fresh with unique rotating content that is time and date specific. These recurrences also let you set an expiration data, which is handy when you want to automatically remove content at a particular time or date. Think Company Christmas Party announcement…

When a piece of content is created, it will by default play all day, every day, forever. But you can change this easily. In Content Manager, right-click on any piece of content and choose Existing Recurrences > All day every day effective (Some Date). “Some Date” is this case is the date that content was added to your content bin. You will see a Recurrence window that looks similar to this:

From here, you can get very specific on when your content should start and stop in your content rotation.

Additionally, you can “Delete” the recurrence from this window. Deleting a recurrence simply removes that recurring pattern from the schedule.

If you jump back out to the network tree and right click on another piece of content, you’ll also see that you can create New Recurrences. You can have an unlimited number of these recurrences. So let’s look at an example. Let’s say that you wanted to have something play every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but you also needed it to play on the second Saturday of the month from 8:00am to 10:00am. You would use two separate recurrences to accomplish this.

The first recurrence would play every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, like this:

And the second would handle the 2nd Saturday, like this:

You can verify your recurrences by right clicking on an item and looking at the Existing Recurrences. For the example above, you should see something like this:

So that is a quick look at scheduling and recurrences. Stay tuned to the blog, and we’ll take a look at the Recurrences’ more abrasive cousin: the Interruption.

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