This getting started guide is provided to help you determine which Entertainment Express Versions is right for your application as well as give you a good starting point on how to implement the API.
- For best results, you need to be working with one of the data companies listed here as Entertainment Express API uses 3rd Party IDs (like Gracenote, Rovi, IMDB, etc) to retrieve trailers.
- PAID or FREE? IVA offers limited access to it’s data and video with rate limiting and advertisements. If you need more than 1,000 requests per hour and/or want your own advertising then you need a subscription to IVA.
STEP 1: Create an Application ID
Application IDs allow you to customize the API response and are required for authentication. Professional allows you to create as many Application Ids you want. Standard is limited to one.
STEP 2: Server Side or Client Side
Ideally, on your individual title pages you would include a call to Entertainment Express passing a 3rd party Id (ex: Gracenote/TMS ID for a movie) and Entertainment Express would return the matching Video Assets and you can display images, title of the asset and links to the videos.
When you add titles to your database with new IDs, the trailers would be displayed as soon as they are available without any additional coding.
Step 3: Video Options
IVA offers video options for every platform and device including adaptive bitrates for next generation set top boxes and mobile devices, baseline profile mp4 videos for compatibility with first generation devices and high definition 1080P video for visually stunning video at full screen.
Entertainment Express Standard (FREE) offers a cross platform iframe embed code that will work on all platforms. It contains IVA’s branded video as well as Pre-Roll advertising.
Entertainment Express Pro includes direct links to all video formats (HLS, HDS, DASH, HSS, MP4,etc). These links can be used in your own player or can be used in the devices native player (ex: IOS Media Player) directly.