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Blog Overview

Below is the Hope Channel Website Network Blog. Here you will find the latest information on functionality, which has been implemented into the Hope Channel Website network platform. Directly below this note is a list of the developed/released functionality, from most recent to oldest. The blog posts follow the release list, and provide details. Please check back regularly to keep abreast of the latest updates.

Brightcove Social

03.09.2019 9:52

A new feature in Brightcove allows you to publish videos to YouTube which you have uploaded to the Brightcove platform. See more at the Brightcove support page:

https://support.brightcove.com/publishing-videos-social-media-platforms#youtube

Season numbers in RSS feeds

27.08.2019 11:32

A new feature allows you to group episodes into seasons for your RSS feeds / podcasts.

To do this, set the appropriate flag in the show meta data:
 

 

NOTE: This will only work if season numbers are enabled on your website and if you have defined season numbers.

 

 

Podcast categories and subcategories

27.08.2019 11:26


Until now, all shows used a common category for the RSS feeds. Usually it was the category "Religion & Spirituality".

We added the possibility to set a category on show basis. We also add support for subcategories:

 

To get the list of possible categories or subcategories, hover your mouse over the "Categories" or "Subcategories" title. Alternatively, check the official list of Apple Podcasts categories.

Note that if you don't set a category and/or subcategory, the category that was set when installing the website will be used instead.

 

 

New social media box for WhatsApp

27.08.2019 11:10


From now on, you can add WhatsApp to your homepage template.

 

A link to WhatsApp will also be shown in the footer:

 

 

Backend module for editing shows and episodes

07.05.2019 18:46

A TYPO3 backend module was created in order to facilitate working with shows and episodes. The backend module helps you finding shows and episodes easily by alphabeth, categories, import ids or by searching for the title.

Shows:

 Episodes:

 

 

Hope Channel App Smart Banners

09.04.2019 09:10

To further promote the Hope Channel App, Smart Banner functionality has been implemented. If you would like to integrate the Smart Banner functionality into your website, please send us a request to implement this into your website. The banner will only appear when someone using a device running iOS (iPhone or iPad) visits your website, or when someone using an Android device running the Chrome browser comes to your website. When they land on your website, the banner will appear and allow them to download the Hope Channel App onto their device. The banner is a thin banner which will appear at the top (iOS) or bottom (Android) of the website and is unobtrusive for the viewer experience.

  

 

 

New feature: Enable or disable downloads in episodes

04.04.2019 12:06

We added a new feature allowing you to disable the download of episode media files.
 

Disable the download of episodes for an entire show:

In this case, the download of all episodes of the show will be disabled or enabled.
 

Disable the download of a single episode

In this case, the download of the selected episode will be disabled or enabled.

 
NOTE: The downloadable flag for episodes will only be displayed if the show allows downloads and/or if the episode has media links.

 

 

Implement the Facebook Pixel Code on your website

26.03.2019 10:00


If you would like to integrate the Facebook Pixel functionality into your website, please send us the Facebook Pixel ID for your account along with the request to implement this on your website. Currently only the Base code for the Facebook pixel has been made available.

https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/facebook-ads-pixel

New media format 'AAC Audio' added

31.10.2018 09:53


A new media format 'AAC Audio' was added to the list of media formats. From now on, you can add AAC audio files to your episodes in the media library.

Amongst other things, AAC audio files can be used for audio-only podcasts in iTunes.

 

 

Link your Instagram page to your website

05.10.2018 10:54


If you have an Instagram page, you can now link it on the homepage template.

 

New website: Esperanza TV

26.09.2018 16:11


Esperanza TV goes live.

Check out their new website under http://www.esperanzatv.org.
 

New website: HC Indonesia

05.09.2018 15:58


Hope Channel Indonesia goes live.

Check out their new website under http://www.hopetv.or.id.
 

New website: HC North America

01.08.2018 15:00


Hope Channel North America goes live.

Check out their new website under http://www.hopetv.org.
 

Introducing carousels - Grouping episodes and shows for the apps

22.06.2018 08:31


The new Hope Channel apps (Android, iPhone, Roku, ...) will display contents in so-called carousels. Carousels are containers for either shows or episodes. In TYPO3, new carousels can be created by defining rules. For example, a carousel can be created that will display all shows having the category "Health", or another carousel that will display all episodes having the tags "bible, faith, god".

Check the docs to know more about the apps.
 

Defining custom show images and colors for the apps

21.06.2018 16:26


A new feature allows creating custom show images and show colors for the Hope Channel apps. Default values can be configured and overridden as needed for each app (Android, iPhone, Roku, ...).

Custom colors:

Custom images:

Check the docs to know more about the apps.
 

Hope Channel France media library added to the apps

20.04.2018 10:38


The media library contents were added to the Hope Channel apps.

The apps are available for Android Phones, Android Tablets, iPhones, iPads, Samsung SmartTV, Roku.
 

Two livestreams added to the Hope Channel apps

18.03.2018 16:01


Two new livestreams have been added to the Hope Channel apps:

  • Hope Channel Polska | polish
  • Hope TV Asia | english

The apps are available for Android Phones, Android Tablets, iPhones, iPads, Samsung SmartTV, Roku.
 

New website: HC France

13.01.2018 09:42


Hope Channel France goes live.

Check out their new website under http://www.hopechannel.fr.
 

New website: HC Tanzania

02.11.2017 21:44


Hope Channel Tanzania goes live.

Check out their new website under http://hopetv.or.tz.
 

New website: HC Kenya

22.09.2017 12:56


Hope Channel Kenya goes live.

Check out their new website under http://hck.co.ke.
 

New website: HC South East Asia

13.09.2017 14:45


Hope Channel South East Asia goes live.

Check out their new website under http://hopetv.asia.
 

Big update of the Hope Channel app

21.07.2017 14:52


A new version of the Hope Channel App is available in the Google Play Store and in the Apple App Store.

The app was recreated from scratch and has a light and modern design. The livestreams work now out of the box without having to install the Vitamio Plugin, and lots of new content has been added to the app.

What's new:

  • New design and interfaces
  • Supports newer devices
  • Streaming of videos to Apple TV (iOS apps)
  • Vitamio Player not required anymore
  • Improved performance
  • Free app (no ads, no restrictions)

App Requirements

  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Devices running at least Android 4.4 (KitKat) will support videos in better quality.

 Livestreams:

  • Hope Channel
  • Hope Church Channel
  • Hope Channel International
  • Hope Channel Inter-America
  • Esperanza TV
  • EsperanzaTV Interamérica
  • EsperanzaTV Interamérique
  • Nuevo Tiempo
  • Novo Tempo
  • Speranta TV
  • Hope Channel Germany
  • Hope Channel Germany Radio
  • Hope Channel Africa
  • Hope Channel Norway
  • Hope Channel India
  • Hope Channel Arabic (Al-Waad)
  • Chinese Hope TV

Media Libraries:

  • Hope Channel
  • Hope Channel UK
  • Hope Channel Norway
  • Hope Channel Denmark
  • Hope Channel Germany
  • Hope Channel Germany Radio
  • Hope Channel France
  • Hope Channel Arabic (Al-Waad)
  • Hope Channel Japan
  • Church Channel Japan

NOTE: Channels working with YouTube to host their videos doesn't show in the app as YouTube videos are not included in the Hope Channel app.
 

New website: HC Philippines

20.07.2017 17:03


Hope Channel Philippines goes live.

Check out their new website under http://www.hopechannel.ph.
 

New website: HC Norway

21.06.2017 12:51


Hope Channel Norway goes live.

Check out their new website under http://www.hopechannel.no.
 

Media Library plugin update

08.05.2017 10:47

The “Shows Gallery” view of the Media Library plugin has been updated. For the Shows Gallery view there is now the option to order the shows using the following criteria:

  1. Show Title: alphabetical sorting based on the show title.
  2. Latest Shows: chronological order based on the show creation date.
  3. Sort Order: ordering of the Shows based on their order in the Shows Table list.
  4. Random: a random presentation of shows.

New option to order the shows in the plugin:


Ordering shows in the Shows table list:

 

 

New website: HC India

03.05.2017 15:25


Hope Channel India goes live.

Check out their new website under http://hopetvindia.org.
 

Updated specifications for website image sizes

19.04.17 16:35


We have updated our documentation in regards to image sizes:
http://support.stimme-der-hoffnung.de/hc/hc-website-network-2/documentation/image-sizes

On this page can one find our recommendations on image sizes for:

  • General sizes
  • Shows
  • Episodes
  • Podcasts
  • Host / Guests
  • Banners
  • News

As noted in the training, TYPO3 will properly handle image sizes larger than those listed. However, some partners have expressed the desire to work with minimum recommended image sizes, thereby saving storage space. For those who wish to work in this manner, we would reccommend resizing images as per the above guidelines, before the images are uploaded to the TYPO3 Backend.

Support for single episodes

30.03.2017 15:13


Episodes never had to be assigned to shows, but they would only be found using the website search or in the list of all episodes.

A recent website update allows single episodes to be displayed in the latest episodes plugin or in the related episodes plugin.

New website: HC United Kingdom

12.12.2016 12:24


Hope Channel UK goes live

Check out their new website under http://hopetv.org.uk.
 

New language filter for episode plugins

03.11.2016 15:47


We have added a language filter to the episode plugins. Now it is possible to select a language in the TYPO3 backend, so that only episodes of this language will be show on the website.

 

The language filter is available for following plugins:

  • Episodes list
  • Episodes teaser
    • Latest episodes
    • Related episodes
    • Best rated episodes
    • Most watched episodes
    • Featured episodes
       

New website: HC Deaf

29.11.2016 17:58


Hope Channel Deaf goes live

Check out their new website under http://www.hopechanneldeaf.org.
 

New website: HC MENA

15.11.2016 11:22


Hope Channel MENA goes live

Check out their new website under http://al-waad.tv.
 

Episode rating

12.07.2016 10:25


The Episode rating for viewers is now completely implemented. When a user clicks on the "Heart" icon for liking an Episode the system performs two checks to verify that the user has not previously liked the Episode. If the user has not liked the Episode previously, the system stores the information. On a six hour schedule, the system updates the ratings in the Episodes table, so the hearts will display the correct count for the Episode.

 

YouTube videos available as Episode media links

12.07.2016 08:17


Episodes should now allow for Youtube videos to be referenced in the Media Links tab. The complete URL is not required, only the YouTube code at the end of the URL is needed.

VideoJS player has been updated

12.07.2016 08:13


The VideoJS player version has been updated. There are some design changes within the player, such as the location of the time slider and the volume adjustment slider.

Old Player

 

New Player

 

Use of original width images

11.07.2016 15:30


For smaller images combined with Text, we have made a small update to the CSS. If you use the TYPO3 standard content element type Image, and then in the Appearance tab set the Image Alignment to “Above, left” or “Above, right”, it will use the original image width.

 

It should still be responsive to different screen sizes. One can use this in combination with a Text element, to provide a smaller image in combination with text.

New configuration options for media library

19.05.2016 10:44


New configuration options have been implemented in order to give more control on what will be displayed on the episode detail page.

For each of the following points, you can decide whether the functionality is going to be displayed or not:

  • Number of views
  • Sharing content
  • Embedding video
  • Rating video

Embedding videos to other websites

19.05.2016 10:26


You can now embed videos of Hope Channel to other websites using the embed code we provide. Video embedding works both with the livestream and the videos of the media library.


 

New categories added

22.04.2016 11:40


3 new categories have been added to the website:

  • News
  • Adventists
  • Culture

With categories you can help your website visitors find your content easier as they can filter the content by categories. Categories are also used to display related contents. Categories can be added to shows and episodes.
 

Error handling pages

20.04.2016 15:06


We've created error handling pages for 404 and 503 errors. The error pages can be customized and translated to your different website languages.


 

New website: HC Italy

18.04.2016 09:42


Hope Channel Italy goes live with more than 80 shows and 1000 videos.

Check out their new website under http://www.hopechannel.it.
 

New website: HC Denmark

01.04.2016 13:18


Hope Channel Denmark goes live.

Check out their new website under http://www.hopechannel.dk.
 

Anchor show manager launched

21.03.2016 22:08


Customize your shows by setting a background image and some colors.

Have also a look at following links:

Livestream banner plugin added

21.03.2016 21:20


A new plugin is now available for the startpage of the website. The livestream plugin adds a livestream player and the corresponding schedule to the startpage.