Creating Publishing Rules

You can create as many publishing rules as you like and assign them to videos, channels, or channel sets. During playback, the most restrictive rule as applied.

To create a publishing rule:

  1. Log in to the Backlot UI. The Backlot UI opens.
  2. Open the PUBLISH page.
  3. Click the Syndication Controls tab.
  4. To apply country geographic restrictions, select the Geographic Controls check box.
    1. Specify whether viewers can (allow) or cannot (prevent) access the content from the specified countries.
    2. Select Country.
    3. For each country to add, enter the country name and click Add Country. Invalid entries are highlighted in red.
      Note: Avoid using Europe, Asia/Pacific, or other high-level "continent" geographic areas. It is best to specify countries, instead, because there is no precise definition of which countries constitute which continents. For instance, although the United Kingdom (UK) is part of the economic European Union, it is not considered part of the geographic content "Europe". A video protected by a publishing rule that allows access in Europe cannot be seen in the UK.
  5. To apply DMA region geographic restrictions, select the Geographic Controls check box.
    1. Specify whether viewers can (allow) or cannot (prevent) access the content from the DMA regions.
    2. Select DMA Region.
    3. For each DMA region to add, enter the DMA region name and click Add DMA. Invalid entries are highlighted in red.
  6. To apply IP address geographic restrictions, select the Geographic Controls check box.
    1. Specify whether viewers can (allow) or cannot (prevent) access the content from the specified IP addresses.
    2. Select IP Address.
    3. For each IP address or range to add, enter the IP address(es) and click Add IP Address/Range. Invalid entries are highlighted in red.
  7. To enable or disable US ZIP Code restrictions, select or deselect the Geographic Controls check box. Note: To use this feature, the Ooyala Player Token (OPT) must be enabled for your account, you must select the Require Ooyala Player Token check box on this tab), and the zip code must be sent using the postal_code parameter inside the OPT. See Ooyala Player Token for Player V4 for details.
    1. Specify whether viewers can (allow) or cannot (prevent) access the content from the specified US ZIP code(s). You can either allow or prevent access - you cannot configure a publishing rule that does both.
    2. Select US ZIP Code.
    3. For each US ZIP code to add, enter the five-digit number and click Add ZIP Code.
      Note: Enter valid, five-digit US ZIP codes only.
    4. To delete a ZIP Code, click the X on its number.
  8. To apply anonymous proxy controls, which detect and restrict the specified anonymous proxies, select the Anonymous Proxy Controls check box then select the check box for each IP anonymizing status you want to block. The IP anonymizing statuses include:
    • Private: IP addresses with this designation allegedly contain anonymous proxies that are not publicly accessible. As such, they cannot be routinely tested with automated tools. These addresses usually belong to commercial ventures that sell anonymity services to the public (Hotspot Shield, CyberGhost, and others). Addresses with this designation are derived from ownership information or obtained from trusted, high-confidence sources.
    • Active: The anonymizer tested positive within the last six months.
    • Suspect: The anonymizer tested positive within the last two years, but not the last six months.
    • Inactive: The anonymizer gave no positive test results within the last two years.
  9. To apply domain restrictions, select the Domain Controls check box.
    1. Specify whether the content can or cannot be embedded on the specified websites.
    2. For each domain to add, enter the URL and click Add Domain. The start of any domain is matched. For example, if you specify http://thatsite.com/videos as allowed, Backlot allows http://thatsite.com/videos/funny, but not http://thatsite.com.
  10. To apply time restrictions, select the Time Controls check box.
    1. Specify whether the content will or will not be allowed during the specified range or recurring interval.
    2. Specify the range or interval.
  11. To apply device restrictions, select the Device Controls check box. Then, select the check box of each allowed device.
  12. To require the Ooyala Player Token (OPT) to access this asset, select the Require Ooyala Player Token check box. See Ooyala Player Token for Player V4 for details. Note: To use this feature, the Ooyala Player Token (OPT) must be enabled for your account.
  13. Add the publishing rule to one or more videos, channels, or channel sets.

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