In Play MPE v8 one release can be distributed in several ways using Assignment Schedules. With Assignments you can use the same release content and assign different DRM to different lists, schedule distribution for separate times, schedule email notifications separately from availability in the system and also seek approval from your team using Approvals.
Assignments are how you control access to your release
Assignments are how you can control how the various lists of recipients can access to one release, how and when.
Why can a release have separate Assignments?
In the screen capture below this single release has several Assignment Schedules. This is because one release can have several ways for lists to access it.
In v8 you need to set up a separate assignment whenever you want to set up different distribution audiences for:
- Different DRM (Full download and play rights or Stream Only) for selected lists
- Different Email send date/time for selected lists
- Different Availability date/time in the system (player) for selected lists
- Any time you want to add more lists to the same release that you didn't have in your previous schedules
When do you want to have a different release instead of Assignments?
If you have different assets, want to send out a different email promo or have a release used by a separate set of labels you will want to create or clone an entirely new release. Otherwise, if the release itself remains the same, you will want to use Assignments to control access to the release.