A special is a movie or one-time event that is associated with a show but does not fall within a season. An example of a special is the Downton Abbey Christmas Special. Specials can be either previews or clips. Only a Video Asset can be added to a special.
You can view all assets associated with your Special from the Specials page by using the arrows and plus signs next to each object. And you can access all objects from the Specials page by clicking the object links, Please refer to the following video to see how:
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|Field||Notes||Required for create?|
|Title||Title of the special. 60 character limit, including spaces.||Y|
|Slug||Auto-generated unique identifier that cannot be changed after initial save.||Y (automatically generated from Title, and is editable only prior to initial save)|
|Short Description||90 characters or less, including spaces. Used primarily when space is limited, such as on apps and small screens.||Y|
|Long Description||400 characters or less, including spaces.||Y|
|PBS Content ID||Auto-generated unique identifier.||Y (automatically generated; not editable)|
Unique Gracenote identifier that is matched to an associated ID in the TV Schedules Service (TVSS) API.
(1) TMS ID fields:
(2) Existing TMS ID: The TMS ID that was manually entered and already existed in Media Manager. This only displays if there was an existing TMS ID in Media Manager.
(3) TVSS Details: Displays the show details that are pulled from TVSS when a successful match has been made between the TMS ID and TVSS.
|Episode NOLA||Six-digit broadcast code that represents a show, season number, and episode number.||N|
|Premiere Date||Original on-air or online broadcast date.||Y (pre-filled with current date; is editable)|
|Encore Date||On-air rebroadcast date.||Y (pre-filled with current date; is editable)|
|Created||The date and time the special is created.||N/A|
|Updated||The date and time the special was last updated.||N/A|
If you receive an error message (500) when saving your file, check the Title field to be sure your character count has not surpassed 60 characters. If you have copied and pasted your title from another source such as Microsoft Word, some special characters, such as apostrophes, quotes, and commas may count as multiple character spaces and put your title over 60 characters. Try manually typing your title into the Title textbox.
You can view your list of Specials in three different ways:
|Last modified||The special that was most recently modified appears at the top of the list|
|A-Z||Specials appear alphabetically in ascending order|
|Z-A||Specials appear alphabetically in descending order|
If you have added your special to the wrong show or you need to change your Special type, follow these instructions.
The below diagram illustrates the logic used to attempt matching specials and episodes in TVSS and Media Manager. (Click diagram to enlarge.)