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Last updated: 23 Apr 2020 / 1:35 PM / GMT

In the following guide, you’ll learn how to create a Livestream asset.
Before you continue, make sure you’ve connected your InPlayer and Livestream accounts. You can learn how to do that here.


Creating the asset

Log into your InPlayer dashboard and from the navigation bar on the left, click the Assets icon.

Click on .

Select the Video asset type.

Enter a Name for your asset. This will be the name of the asset in your InPlayer Dashboard. The customers won’t see this.

Click .

Under Choose pricing type, choose the login type for the asset.

    1. If Register / Login is needed for access is enabled, the customers will have to register an account before they can access the content.


      With this login type, the following two pricing types are available:

      • Paid – where the customers will have to register an account and then pay so they can see the content.
      • Data Capture – where the customers will have to register an account, but won’t have to pay anything. They will be granted access to the content as soon as they complete their registration.
    2. If Register / Login is needed for access is disabled, the customers will have not have to register an account. Instead, they will log in with a password or a code that they have received or purchased beforehand.
      The way in which you will be distributing or selling the codes or passwords is up to you.


      With this login type, the only available option to select is Code / Password.

Once you’ve set up the pricing type for the asset, click .

Hover over Livestream and click on .
Click .

On the new page, you can set up your asset’s properties.

The right side of the screen is where you can set everything up, and the left side provides a preview where you can see how the asset will look on your webpage.

Asset Preview

In the Asset Preview section, set up the preview image, title and description, as well as the text for the BUY button. These will be the details that will appear on the actual asset preview when you embed it on your webpage.

Note that the Title will also appear on the final payment form on the paywall, as well as the notification email your customers will receive.

After setting everything up, make sure to click the button in the bottom right corner.

Price Options

You can set up three different pricing types:

  • ppv –  the customer makes a one-time payment and gets access for a limited time,
  • subscription – the customer accepts a recurrent charge at regular intervals that can be canceled at any time,
  • season – the customer makes a payment and gets access for a limited period, but at the same time accepts a recurrent charge for being able to watch during the next period. The date for the upcoming charge is determined by the merchant.
Setting up a ppv price

In the Price Options section, click .

In the General Info tab of the price option, set up the following:

  • In the Price description field, enter the price description that will appear on the paywall. Make it concise so your customers know exactly what they are buying.
  • In the Payment type field, select ppv.
    This is a one-time payment which grants access that expires after the end of the specified period counter either from the moment of purchase, or if using the Scheduled start feature, from the date set in the Scheduled start field (More on this below).
    The access period can be selected from the drop-down menu.
    You can pick one of the premade periods, or use the custom period option.
    When using the custom period option, you can specify the exact date and time at which the customers’ access will expire. This is very useful for doing presales since the customers’ access will expire on the date you’ve set up, regardless of when they’ve purchased their pass. An alternative way to set up presales is by using the Schedule start option from the Additional Info tab. More on that below.
  • In the Amount field, enter the price.
    The minimum price when using USD, EUR, or GBP is 1. When using all other currencies, the minimum is the equivalent converted amount of 1 USD.
    The currency can be selected from the drop-down menu. If you wish to use a currency that is not in the list, you can contact us at support@inplayer.com and we’ll make sure to add the currency for you asap. We support all currencies listed here.

In the Additional Info tab, you can set up the following:

  • Schedule start
    This is the date and time at which the customer’s access period will start after they’ve purchased the asset. Until that time, they will see a message informing them to come back on the scheduled date.
    This is a useful option for setting up presales. You can select the access period from the Payment type section in the General Info tab, and then set up when will that access period begin. It works for both the pre-defined access periods (24 hours, 48 hours, etc), and for the custom period.
    If you leave the Schedule start field blank, the customers’ access will begin right after purchasing.
  • Geo-restriction
    With this option, you can restrict the price option to specific countries.
    You can choose to either include (whitelist) or exclude (blacklist) a single country, or use a country set you have created previously.
    You can learn more about setting up country sets here.

After setting everything up, make sure to click the button in the bottom right corner.

*Note that once you set the payment type for an asset, you cannot change it. You can change the other payment fields (access period duration, price, etc) but not the payment type. If you wish to set a new payment type, you will need to set up a new price option.

Setting up a subscription price

In the Price Options section, click .

In the General Info tab of the price option, set up the following:

  • In the Price description field, enter the price description that will appear on the paywall. Make it concise so your customers know exactly what they are buying.
  • In the Payment type field, select subscription.
    This is a recurring payment that is renewed automatically. Access is granted at each renewal.
    The renewal period can be selected from the drop-down menu.
  • In the Amount field, enter the price.
    The minimum price when using USD, EUR, or GBP is 1. When using all other currencies, the minimum is the equivalent converted amount of 1 USD.
    The currency can be selected from the drop-down menu. If you wish to use a currency that is not in the list, you can contact us at support@inplayer.com and we’ll make sure to add the currency for you asap. We support all currencies listed here.

In the Additional Info tab, you can set up the following:

  • Free trial
    With this, you can set up a free trial period.
  • Additional fee
    With this option, you can set up a one-time fee that will be charged when the customer purchases the subscription, as an addition to the regular subscription fee. The fee will only be charged once, together with the first subscription charge.
  • Geo-restriction
    With this option, you can restrict the price option to specific countries.
    You can choose to either include (whitelist) or exclude (blacklist) a single country, or use a country set you have created previously.
    You can learn more about setting up country sets here.

After setting everything up, make sure to click the button in the bottom right corner.

*Note that once you set the payment type for an asset, you cannot change it. You can change the other payment fields (access period duration, price, etc) but not the payment type. If you wish to set a new payment type, you will need to set up a new price option.

Setting up a season price

In the Price Options section, click .

In the General Info tab of the price option, set up the following:

    • In the Price description field, enter the price description that will appear on the paywall. Make it concise so your customers know exactly what they are buying.
    • In the Payment type field, select season.
      With this payment type, the customer purchases a season pass that lasts for a specific period, then expires, and is then renewed for a second period at a certain point in the future, upon which a new charge is taken from the customer. The payment will continue to renew in the same manner for as long as you keep scheduling upcoming seasons. A new season needs to be re-scheduled after the end of each one. You will get an automated email at the end of each season reminding you of this.
      The season payment type is best suited for seasonal content, like sports, where using standard back-to-back subscription payments might not be suitable, since content is only available during specific parts of the year, and in between there are periods with nothing or nothing new to watch.
      A basic season cycle is represented here:
  • In the Season start field, enter the start date and time of the season. This determines when the access for customers who purchase a pass will start. It is also possible for access to be granted to the customers from the moment of their purchase. This is accomplished with the Off-season access option. We’ll talk about that further below. Also, a season price option will not be available for purchase until the Season start has been set.
  • In the Season end field, enter the end date and time of the season. This is the access cut-off date for the current season. Access will be re-granted upon the renewal of the payment for the next season. It is also possible for the access to continue beyond the end of the season, i.e. until the moment of renewal of the payment for the next season. This is, again, done with the Off-season access option, which we’ll see below. Also, a season price option will not be available for purchase until the Season end has been set.
  • In the Anchor date field, enter the date and time for the renewal of the payment, i.e. the date and time when the payment for next season will be taken. Note that once you set up the first anchor date, the anchor date for the next season will be automatically set to one year after the first anchor date. You can always go back and change it if you wish.
  • In the Seasonal price field, enter the amount that will be charged upon renewal for the next season, i.e. on the Anchor date. Note that this is not the price for the current season.
    The minimum price when using USD, EUR, or GBP is 1. When using all other currencies, the minimum is the equivalent converted amount of 1 USD.
    The currency can be selected from the drop-down menu. If you wish to use a currency that is not in the list, you can contact us at support@inplayer.com and we’ll make sure to add the currency for you asap. We support all currencies listed here.
  • In the Current price field, enter the account that will be charged for the current season. Whenever a customer goes to your page, they will see this price. You can change this price at any time. For example, you can have it be equal to the Seasonal price at the beginning of the season, and then reduce it as the season progresses.
    The minimum price when using USD, EUR, or GBP is 1. When using all other currencies, the minimum is the equivalent converted amount of 1 USD.
    The currency can be selected from the drop-down menu. If you wish to use a currency that is not in the list, you can contact us at support@inplayer.com and we’ll make sure to add the currency for you asap. We support all currencies that are listed here.
  • With the Off-season access option, you can decide whether the customers will only have access during a season (between the season start and end date), or also during the off-season period, so they can watch replays, for example.

    *Note that once you set the Season start, Season end, Anchor date, and Seasonal price you cannot change them until the current season ends. You can only change the Current price amount.

In the Additional Info tab, you can set up the following:

  • Free trial
    With this, you can set up a free trial period. If the Off-season access option is enabled, the free trial will begin right after the customer completes their purchase. If the Off-season access option is disabled, the free trial will begin on the Season start date.
  • Additional fee
    With this option, you can set up a one-time fee that will be charged when the customer purchases the subscription, as an addition to the regular subscription fee. The fee will only be charged once, together with the first subscription charge.
  • Geo-restriction
    With this option, you can restrict the price option to specific countries.
    You can choose to either include (whitelist) or exclude (blacklist) a single country, or use a country set you have created previously.
    You can learn more about setting up country sets here.

After setting everything up, make sure to click the button in the bottom right corner.

*Note that once you set the payment type for an asset, you cannot change it. You can change the other payment fields (access period duration, price, etc) but not the payment type. If you wish to set a new payment type, you will need to set up a new price option. You also cannot delete a season price option before the current season ends.

Asset content

In the Asset content section, enter the Account ID, Event ID, and Video ID of the Livestream event you wish to use.
Read below on how to find these.

After setting everything up, make sure to click the button in the bottom right corner.

Restrictions

In the Restrictions section, you can set up any geographic, domain, and/or age restrictions for the asset you wish to use.

You can learn more about setting up the restrictions here, here and here.
After setting everything up, make sure to click the button in the bottom right corner.

How to find the Account ID, Event ID, and Video ID

Log into your Livestream account.

Open the video post you want to use, and click Share so you can get the Embed code for it.

Copy the embed code and paste it in a text editor so you can see it better.

You will find the Account ID, Event ID, and Video ID in the embed code.

The Account ID will be after the /accounts/ part of the code, the Event ID after the /events/ part, and the Video ID after the /videos/ part.

Embedding the asset

Once you’ve created your asset, it’s time to embed it on your website.
For this, click on the  button at the top right.

A pop-up with the embed codes will appear.

Here, you can set up the following settings:

  • Paywall version
    Select whether to use the Paywall V1 or Paywall V2 for the asset.
    These are the two versions of our paywall.
    We recommend always using Paywall V2 because it is the most up-to-date version and it looks more modern.
  • Branding theme
    Select the branding theme you wish to use for the asset.
    Note that this option will only be available if you’ve already created a branding theme. Read this article for a guide on how to do this.
    If you do not select a branding theme here, the default theme will be applied.
  • OAuth application
    Select whether to use a custom OAuth app for the asset. This feature will group customers that register an account on this asset into one user group.
    This is useful if you have multiple websites and you want to group customers from each website into a separate group.
    Read this article to learn more about the OAuth feature.
  • Preselected price
    Select whether you want to have one of the asset prices be pre-selected when a customer clicks the BUY button.
    This is very useful if you wish to attach this asset to different buttons on your webpage that are meant to represent the different prices.

Once everything is set up, copy the InPlayer Scripts code and paste it into the <head> section of your webpage.

Then copy the Embed Code and paste it into the <body> section of your webpage.

With that, your asset will appear on your page, and you can start monetizing your content.

Embedding multiple assets

If you wish to have multiple assets on the same page, it is not very advisable that you just take the embed codes for all assets you wish to use and put them into the body of the web-page as-is. Instead, use the code below.

Get code.

Deleting an asset

To delete an asset, just open it and click the  button at the top right.

You can always bring a deleted asset back by going to the Assets tab, selecting deleted from the drop-down menu next to the search field, and clicking the Reactivate asset button on the asset you want to bring back.

When you go back to the active assets list, you will find the asset there.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on support@inplayer.com.

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