This weekend i added several updates to the D&BTV Player which included a new archive player and a new admin feature ‘Now Playing’.
The live application is now loaded into a swf container which also loads the archive. The container is fully resizeable which matches the behaviour of the child applications which means normal, fullscreen and Facebook embedding works perfectly at any dimension (except really really small).
I was a bit worried at first considering both the child swfs were fully blown applications in their own right but with a few tweaks everything worked like a charm with only a couple of strange issues which were later found and resolved.
At present the container loads both applications and provides a button to toggle between views. This needs refining as does some of the UI but the reality is that both sub applications work with no conflicts.
My favorite feature of this combination is i can now click one button and go from full screen live to full screen archive!
As for the admin application there is now a new page which enables an admin to dispatch a Now Playing notification to all chat room connected users which specifies track, artist and a clickable link back to the Breakbeat store so during a live show there is an ability to use the current audio to have an in context reference back out from the application to drive download sales.
The Now Playing feature also helps an admin by allowing full track and artist search against the download store database, so the correct audio files can be verified and urls checked easily before any notification is sent to the viewers – This will be a great help when the admin is stuck in a club trying to manage the stream etc.
Check out the D&BTV Player and let me know your feedback and suggestions!