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Old 05-12-2008, 10:06 PM
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Arrow How To: Add custom online video feed definitions (default STV; v6.4+)

Note: This topic covers how to add custom online video links; to discuss custom links that you've added, see: Post your Favorite Online Service Feeds!!

Support has been added to SageTV v6.4.2 and later for a simplified way to add custom online video feeds. Sample custom properties files are attached to this post.

Previously, to customize your online videos, you had to edit the default online video definition files, which would get overwritten during the next SageTV update. Now, you can leave those files alone and edit the custom online video files instead. The installer won't have copies of those custom files, so they won't get overwritten. As of v6.4.2, the custom feed definitions have been simplified compared to v6.3.10 -- feeds and their categories are defined on a single property line instead of two, and feeds can be assigned to multiple categories on that one line.

Note: You can continue to use the old v6.3.10 online video feed property format, so you don't have to update your existing custom feeds.

The attached CustomOnlineVideoLinks.zip file contains 2 files:
  • CustomOnlineVideoLinks.properties
  • CustomOnlineVideoUIText.properties.
These properties files can be added to the <install dir>\SageTV\STVs\SageTV3\OnlineVideos directory and then used to customize the online video feeds.

You will need to use the default STV from SageTV v6.4.2 or later in order to use these properties files.

See the comments near the top of the CustomOnlineVideoLinks.properties file for (hopefully) simplified instructions for adding new links. The first time you access a new link in SageTV, the titles and icon URL will be automatically created in the CustomOnlineVideoUIText.properties file, which you can edit later, if you wish. The links are listed in the UI in alphabetical order, based on the feed's property name ('FeedName').

Oh -- and the custom files can be used to modify the default set of links -- if the custom properties files contain the same properties as the default properties files, the custom setup will be used instead. Just remember, if you do this, your custom setup will still override the default definitions for every upgrade install afterwards.


Additional notes:
  1. The "Weather" and "TV Show Editorials" items on the Online Services menu are not part of the online video properties files; they are part of the STV. Weather will always be 3rd in the list & editorials will be at the end.

  2. The default online video properties files will automatically be updated when updates are available. If you really insist on disabling updating the default properties files, and thus missing any fixes that the properties file updates would take care of, you can set the online_video/update/auto_update property to false in your SageTV properties file. Please be sure to remember that you've done this if you have problems with the online feeds in the future.


Updates (Requires SageTV v6.6.2)
2009-10-07: Updated samples in attachment to include sample podcast subcategories.

2009-10-13: Updated samples in attachment to include info about using multiple custom online video properties file sets and how to format the podcast FeedURL to use a custom external application to generate the XML feed.

- Andy
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