You are just a few steps away from creating
your own TV network!
BEFORE YOU START
We highly recommend taking 30 minutes of your time and learn all of the STEPS below well.
Pay attention to the TIPS! :) You are about to build your own online television network and, like with any big platform, it is essential to learn it first, to properly utilize it for your success and benefits. Buckle up and enjoy the ride! It is easy and fun!
1. KEY ELEMENTS.
First, visit a HOW TO area (https://strimm.com/guides). It has essential introduction about the main parts of the platform. It is very important to read this page fully before you continue to the next step.
2. CREATE A CHANNEL.
Unless your channel is created already, create a channel. The button to create a channel can be found either in a navigation menu (located in the top left corner of the Strimm.com website) or in the "My Network" area. Click on the CREATE CHANNEL button and follow the steps in the form.
a. Make sure to complete all requirements, including adding an avatar for the channel, language, category, etc.
b. Do not use any special characters in your channel name or in the description. Use letters and/or digits only. The length of the channel name should not exceed 20 characters, including spaces. The length of the description should not exceed 300 characters, including spaces. It is recommended to not add a description during the channel creation. You can always add a description later.
c. When CREATE is clicked, please wait 10-15 seconds, once the creation process is completed.
3. PRODUCTION STUDIO.
Once your first channel is created, go to the Production Studio of your channel (the link to it is in the menu). This your main working area! Follow Sam, our "tour guy" to introduce yourself to the core elements of this page. You can also watch a short tutorial video, a link to which is located on top of it.
a. ADVANCED MODE option. It is below the INSTANT SCHEDULE button. We recommend switching it ON and activate the calendar for the custom schedule.
b. GET VIDEOS TO CHANNEL. To add the video content to your channel library, click on GET NEW VIDEOS button. Then, you can either search for the best HD-quality videos from the top video platforms by keywords (SEARCH) or import them by URL (IMPORT).
Remember, there is no direct upload of videos to Strimm. Therefore, there is no charge for the video storage and bandwidth. You can add applicable video links from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, if they are not restricted, or from your own private server with CDN (Professional plan and up), as direct, private links ("Allow Private Videos" option should be turned ON in the channel settings to do so).
c. CALENDAR. The CALENDAR is clickable. Select the day, for which you wish to create a TV program. You can use "Instant Schedule" or "Custom Schedule" options for any selected day.
d. CUSTOM SCHEDULE. It allows you to select a certain day in the calendar, then to select a start time and create a custom TV program for a certain day (or multiple TV programs with breaks in between them). Once the start time of the TV program is selected for a day ("Custom Schedule"), click on the "+" (appears on mouseover) of the video or use the drag-n-drop option to create a custom TV program. Click PUBLISH to publish it. Please note that the TV program should end before midnight of the selected day.
e. INSTANT SCHEDULE. Clicking on this option will instantly generate and publish a TV program for you until midnight for the selected day out of your videos in the channel (random selection).
f. AUTOPILOT. Turning this option ON will generate a 24-hour random schedule for you everyday. It will start generating it at 11am, Central Time for the following day, considering that there is no schedule being previously created for that day.
g. CHANNEL SETTINGS. This form will allow you to adjust settings of your channel, activate embedding of the channel on your website or Facebook and use paid options, based on your paid subscription.
h. APP SETTINGS. This area is for the paid subscriptions that include APPS (Roku app, Mobile app, etc.). It allows an automatic generation of your own, white-label and custom-branded apps.
i. HLS. The acronym HLS stands for HTTP Live Streaming. It is designed for .m3u8 videos only. It allows you generate a single M3U8 link out of your M3U8 videos located in your daily TV program and insert it in the native OTT apps that accept HLS link input, like Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku TV and Android TV. The HLS stream will be refreshed daily based on your scheduled TV program. It is a paid option. Please check your package to see if it is included there.
CLICK HERE for details.
j. VAST. A VAST (Video Ad Serving Template) tag URL allows you to monetize your TV network and automatically place videos ads between your shows. The ads are delivered by an Ad Delivery Network of your choice, which can provide you with a VAST TAG URL. It is a paid option. Please check your package to see if it is included there.
CLICK HERE for details.
k. ANALYTICS. Strimm Analytics allows you to get the statistics about the visitors (users) coming to your TV channels located on different platforms during a selected date range. Please note that the data shown is the data for the channels and not for the videos.
CLICK HERE for details.
l. CHANNEL PREVIEW. If you wish to preview your channel on Strimm.com, simply click the PLAY icon on the channel avatar. Please note that paid options do not apply to the free broadcast on Strimm.com. For example, a Strimm logo cannot be removed from the top of Strimm.com website. Also, \since we cannot control the nature of the private and hidden content, if you activate "private" options in the channel settings, like "Allow Private Videos" or " Allow Mature Content" or "Embed Only", the channel will be restricted to broadcast on Strimm.com.
m. TIME ZONES & TV PROGRAMMING. Remember, you are building a TV channel. Once videos are added to your video library, they have to be scheduled for the broadcast on a certain day and time. The time of broadcast will be the same for any part of the world, meaning if it is scheduled for 7pm, then it will broadcast at 7pm in New York and at 7pm in Tokyo on the scheduled day.
IMPORTANT TIP: Use mostly LONGER-DURATION videos (15min+) in the channel. Do not leave your channel with just a few short videos, like 1-min long ones or even shorter, and then turning ISNTANT SCHEDULE or AUTOPILOT ON. It will generate a TV program with thousands of super short shows per day and will cause a load delay of your TV program on the screen for your viewers. Use longer videos in the channels.
4. EMBED A CHANNEL ON YOUR WEBSITE (based on paid subscription).
a. Go to the channel settings by clicking on a gear icon next to the channel name in the Production studio.
b. Turn the "Embed this channel on my website" ON and complete all needed and permitted fields in that form. Make sure to correctly place the root domain of your website, where the channel is going to be embedded. It must be in the form of "https://example.com" or "https://www.example.com". Once done, click UPDATE, to save the settings.
a. Check how your website URL appears in the browser. If it has WWW in it, then it has to be in the channel settings form, in the URL/domain field in order for our system to recognize it and make the broadcast appear on your site. The WWW is considered a subdomain by the web. In other words, the entire URL where the feed will be played should be in the channel settings form.
b. Do not manually type your site domain in the URL field of the channel settings form. Instead, copy your website URL from the web browser as it appears there, and then paste an EXACT copy in the Domain/URL filed of each channel settings. Click UPDATE to save the changes.
c. The embed code of your DEFAULT (main) channel should be copied from the channel settings form and then placed on your website, where you need it.
d. If you want to keep the TV program being always visible to your audience and let them easily switch between your channels, then turn the "Keep TV Guide Open" option ON. Once done, click UPDATE, to save the settings. Make sure to add enough space in a desktop and a mobile view area to keep the GUIDE open below the screen for all channels.
e. MULTIPLE CHANNELS EMBEDDING. Only the code of the DEFAULT (main) channel shall be physically embedded on your website. In order for other channels to appear in the same TV guide, their embedding settings should be activated and set up in the same way as a default channel, but without physical embedding of the code on your site. It is also important that all channels have exactly the same URL in their channel settings as a default one. Make sure that the URL is copied from the browser and not manually typed.
f. MULTIPLE PRIVATE VIDEO FORMATS. Professional plan and Professional Plus plan users can now add more video types to their channels as direct video links (private, pre-recorded videos):
- Facebook videos
- Twitch videos
- Streamable videos
- videos in .m3u8 format
- .mp4, .mpd, .ogv, .m2u8, webm formats
5. ROKU TV APP. BROADCAST YOUR TV NETWORK ON ROKU (based on the Professional PLUS subscription).
Now, you can create an entire TV network on ROKU and have your own, white-label Roku app. You can also add Roku Advertising Framework (RAF) to it and monetize it on Roku! This Roku app capability is a part of a newly added Professional Plus package, which also comes with a 100 channels option.
Please note that if you add your channel to the Roku app, the channel should either have Vimeo videos or direct videos links in .m3u8 or .mp4 formats. Roku does not allow YouTube or Dailymotion videos.
ROKU APP INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: https://www.strimm.us/roku-app-instructions
We can professionally install this Roku app for you on your Roku account. Just order a professional setup on the PRICING page, in ADD-ON section.
6. MOBILE TV APP. BRODCAST YOUR TV IN YOUR OWN, DOWNLOADABLE MOBILE APP ON iOS & ANDROID DEVICES (Based on the Mobile App subscription)
Bring your TV business to a whole new level! Offer your customers a white-label, downloadable TV app for iOS and Android to broadcast your own TV channels from your Strimm account with your own logo.
MOBILE APP INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS: https://www.strimm.us/how-mobile-app-works
We can professionally install this Mobile app for you on iOS and Android. Just order a professional setup on the PRICING page, in ADD-ON section.
1. LONG VIDEOS VS. SHORT ONES. We recommend adding long videos (longer than 20 min) to the channel. This way, it will be easier to create a Custom Schedule. Additionally, their titles will be visible in the GUIDE (the short videos are grouped in the GUIDE as "assorted videos").
2. RESTRICTED BY PROVIDER. If the video is restricted by the video provider or video owner, it will show a message - "Restricted By Provider". Such videos cannot be added to the channel. Please select another one in this case. Sometimes, the video can become "Restricted by Provider" later. Simply delete it from the library.
3. AUTOPILOT. Turn the Autopilot ON. If you forget to create a schedule, it will randomly create it for you, at 11am, Central Time, for the following day.
4. PAYMENTS FOR THE PAID SUBSCRIPTIONS. Our system and your account are heavily connected to Paypal and your selected payment method. Please make sure that your Paypal account or a credit card has enough balance to cover the subscription cost on the due date in order to continue the service at the end of the billing cycle, without interruption.
5. QUESTIONS. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com. We are always just an email away from you and are ready to assist!
(You will be redirected to the Strimm.com Home page. Please login, create channel & go to your Production Studio to start)