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Building CozmoTV Channels is Simple

Over the next week or so we’ll be releasing an update to our interface. This update will consolidate control of channel and show actions under a single menu system. Until that time, menu controls are somewhat distributed throughout the interface. But if you want to build a CozmoTV channel, it’s still quite simple.

Let’s say you’re searching for music videos and you discover a rich vein of anime dubs that you find really compelling. At this point you decide that you want to create a channel of these videos so that you can share it with your anime-addict friends. Just follow the following steps to channel nirvana…

Step 1: Creating Channels

First, click on the link that says ‘Create a Channel’ at the very bottom of the light grey area of the show detail. (You will need to have registered to do this.) In the available fields, simply enter a title and/or description and then do a quick search on Google for an image. If you’re really enterprising, edit the image in PhotoShop or some other photo editor for that perfect effect. Size the image to 135 pixels wide x 97 pixels tall for best results. Once finished, click the blue ‘Create Channel’ button and you should get a pop-up confirming the successful creation of your new channel.

Step 2: Add Shows to Channels

At the bottom of the Create Channel section you also might have noticed a checkbox with ‘Add this Show to this New Channel.’ Check this box if you want the show you are currently watching to be added automatically to your channel. Otherwise, continue watching shows in your current channel or perform new searches to find other videos that you feel belong in your new channel. As you find these shows, simply click ‘Add to Channel;’ then select your target channel from the drop down menu and click ‘Add to Channel’ and you’re done. When you want to see what this channel looks like, select the ‘Saved’ tab in ‘Your Channels’ and click on the listing.

Step 3: Deleting Shows from Channels

Deleting a show follows an almost identical process as adding a show, but select ‘Delete Show from Channel’ before selecting the target channel from the drop down. Clicking ‘Delete Show’ should also yield a pop-up dialog confirming the deletion.

This process will be streamlined somewhat in the next release. And just keep in mind, we’ll be releasing a bunch of new tools to help you manage your channels over the next few weeks. Adjusting the order, or lineup, of the shows in your channels will be first.

Also, we do not yet allow you to upload videos through CozmoTV. We will be providing a universal uploader for multiple services shortly. In the nearer term, we will be providing a simple way for you to enter a YouTube URL for a video that you want to add to a channel and we will index the video immediately. We know this is kind of a pain, but we’re knocking out new features as quickly as we are able. Thanks for you patience.

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