Automated Delivery FAQ for Stations

What is the automated delivery service? 

PRX offers producers and stations an automated delivery option for daily, hourly and weekly series. For automated distribution a station must subscribe to a program. Each week, PRX will push out the latest program to a station's automation system, where it will be ready to air. This means station staff will not have to come to PRX weekly to download the latest episode.

Why did you create the automated delivery service?

Integration with automation systems was the most requested improvement stations had been asking for, and PRX wanted to provide it.  We have also added features to our platform including metrics, billing, and a number of other features producers and stations have been asking for.  

How are files delivered via automated delivery?

When you subscribe to a program we ask you to indicate the day(s) of the week you air the program. This lets us know when we can safely deliver a file to you without overwriting the old one. PRX will deliver files to you as soon as they are published, as long as our records indicate you have already aired the last file. If our system determines a file is ready for delivery to a given station, it enters the delivery queue and will be send to the FTP server you designated in your subscription. PRX will provide an FTP address for you, but you could opt to use your own. Delivery could take seconds to 30 minutes. 

After the file has landed in your FTP, the PRX side of the process stops. From here stations must setup a third-party software like ENconveyor or AVFTP to scan the FTP directory for new files and bring them into the station's automation system. You can learn more about integrating with your automation system here.

Is this service available for all hourly, daily and weekly series or will PRX pick and choose?

Automated delivery is available for producers publishing hourly, daily and weekly content, as long as the program follows a consistent production schedule and format.

Will PRX charge stations to receive content through our automation?

No, stations won't pay a fee to get automated delivery. They will only pay the series carriage fee the producer has designated.

We aren't station members of PRX.  Can a station get an automated series like The Moth without a PRX membership package?

Yes. A station can subscribe to an automated show and does not need a standard PRX membership with a point package. However, if the station wants any programs on PRX outside of the weekly series they are subscribed to, then they would need a membership.

Will PRX allow stations to use membership points for automated series in any circumstance?

Series that use our automated service are carriage-fee only and stations cannot use points to purchase them. Series that are outside of our automated delivery system will still charge points and stations can spend their points to purchase those series.

 

What kind of automated delivery reports do stations get?

In My PRX, you will see a summary of what your station gets from PRX: your point package and any programs you have subscribed to via automated delivery. You can update or change billing info and preferences under My PRX.

What is TSR?  I have to enter it when for our station's subscription.

Total Station Revenue is your Community Service Grant + nonfederal funding sources + all other revenue.  

What happens when you cancel an automated delivery subscription?

1) Your station will be billed for 3 months, 2) a notification to is sent to the producer.

Does PRX allow stations that use automated delivery to get non-weeklies into their automation system?

Not at this time. But you can download a non-weekly program to your station's FTP.

 

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