API Documentation: channel.channeldetails


This API system retrieves information regarding a requested Playlist. The response contains the information on how the playlist is to be played, and the list of VOD files and Live streams that will be shown on the channel.

Example Request (JSON)

Example Code (PHP)

    $request = array(
        'command' => 'channel.channeldetails',
        'api_key' => '##API Public Key##',
        'timestamp' => time(),
        'cdn' => 158,
        'channel_id' => 1000,
        //Create request signature
    $json_request = json_encode($request);
    $sig = base64_encode(hash_hmac('sha256', $json_request,
        '##API Secret Key##', true));
    $request['signature'] = $sig;
    $json_request = json_encode($request);
    $ch = curl_init();
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, 'https://api.scaleengine.net/stable/'); // Set the URL
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, true); // Perform a POST
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); // If not set, curl prints output to the browser
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, false); // If set, curl returns headers as part of the data stream
    curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, array('json' => $json_request)); //'Json' string or 'PHP' serialized return
    //If your PHP host does not have a proper SSL certificate bundle, you will need to turn off SSL Certificate Verification
    //This is dangerous, and should only be done temporarily until a proper certificate bundle can be installed
    //curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, false); // Turns off verification of the SSL certificate.
    //curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, false); // Turns off verification of the SSL certificate.
    $response = curl_exec($ch); //Execute the API Call
    if (!$response) {
        die('Failed to connect to ScaleEngine API');
    //Decode the response as an associative array 
    $arrResponse = json_decode($response, true); 
    if ($arrResponse) {
        //Operation completed successfully
        //TODO Add work here
    } else {
        //Operation failed
        echo 'An error occured processing your request:';

Request Fields

command [REQUIRED] [string] - API command to execute
cdn_id [REQUIRED] [int] - The ScaleEngine CDN ID of your account
api_key [REQUIRED] [string] - The API key provided as part of your account
channel_id [REQUIRED] [int] - The unique ID of the Playlist
timestamp [REQUIRED] [int] - The unix timestamp of your request, used to prevent authenticated API requests from being replayed

Example Result (JSON)

    "message": "channel Found",
    "status": "success",
    "data" [{
        "details" : [{
            "channel_id" : 1000,
            "channel_name" : "My first playlist",
            "app" : "appname-here",
            "app_isnt" : "live",
            "stream" : "my_channel_stream_name",
            "repeat" : 1,
            "metadata" : 0,
            "scheduled" : "2014-10-13 15:00:00",
            "last_modified" : "2014-10-13 16:45:00",
            "active" : 1,
        "videos" : [{
            "channel_video_id" : 1,
            "video" : "sestore1/username/path/play_first.mp4",
            "start" : 0,
            "length" : -1,
            "sort_order" => 1
            "channel_video_id" : 2,
            "video" : "my_livestream_1",
            "start" : 0,
            "length" : -2,
            "sort_order" => 2
    "handle_time":"0.3795 seconds"

Result Fields

message [string] - Debugging message
status [string] - "success" or "failure"
details [array] - Information about how the playlist was created.
channel_id [int] - The unique id of the Playlist
channel_name [string] - the descriptive name of the Playlist.
app [string] - The ScaleEngine Application name
app_inst [string] - the ScaleEngine Application instance name
stream [string] - The name of the Channel that the playlist will played on.
repeat [int] - Determines if the playlist should repeat or how it should be handled once it is finished.
0 - Channel will shutdown, until the next scheduled playlist.
1 - Playlist will loop continuously, until a new playlist is scheduled.
2 - Channel will fallback to a previous repeating playlist that is marked as active.
metadata [int] - Shows if the VOD file's metadata will be sent to the player.
scheduled [string] - Date and time that the playlist will be scheduled to play.
last_modified [string] - The Date and time that the playlist was last modified.
active [int] - Shows if a playlist is available to be played.
0 - playlist is inactive, or has finished playing.
1 - playlist is waiting for the scheduled time and will be played.
2 - playlist has finished, and was set to fallback to a previous playlist.
videos [array] - Array of Videos to be added to the playlist
channel_video_id [int] - The unique ID of the playlist item
video [string] - The stream name or path of the VOD video the user is restricted to. VOD examples look like like: sestore3/username/path/filename.mp4
start [int] - the time in seconds where the VOD file should begin. set to 0 to start at the beginning.
length [int] - the number of seconds to play of the stream or VOD file.
-1 to play to the end of a VOD file
-2 to play to the end of a live stream
sort_order [int] - the order in which the video should appear in the playlist.
handle_time [float] - The amount of time spent processing your request