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  • Is there some kind of API that can be used to access the data on Channel 9

    @jlo2: You can use the $expand function to get Tags, Speakers (on Sessions) and Authors (on Entries). If you are doing the expand and the Speakers or Tags collections are still empty, that means they don't have any. Level should be coming in on every Session if there are any, otherwise it should be null. It doesn't look like we have Day in the odata API currently but I can look at adding that. Captions will appear only when you are accessing the Entry or Session directly (the collection will be null in a list of Entries or Sessions). I'll look into Comments. Sessions and Entries have a property called CommentCount on them but expanding on Comments doesn't seem to work. I don't currently use Comments in any of the apps I've been working on so I'm not sure if the API supports that yet.

    Session using $expand on Tags (notice Captions also appear)

    Session using $expand on Tags and Speakers

    Entry using $expand on Tags and Authors

  • Ch9 App not working properly for TechEd 2014

    When you say "the app", do you mean the Channel 9 Windows 8 App from the Store or do you mean the Channel 9 website or maybe do you mean the Channel 9 Events App from the Store?

  • Is there some kind of API that can be used to access the data on Channel 9

    @jlo2: That's great that you're building an app around Channel 9 content, we'd love to hear about it once you're done.

    We do have another API that we use for our Windows 8 app as well as the newly built (but not yet released) Xbox One app and that is our oData API. I would consider it still in beta but we are betting on it, using it ourselves and improving it all the time. It doesn't quite support all of the oData functionality that you might be expecting. Part of that is intentional, part of that is that we just haven't needed it yet so feel free to let us know if there is something you would like to do or think you ought to be able to do and can't.

    Here is a quick run down of some common queries you might need:


    Homepage featured items
    channel9.msdn.com/odata/Featured or


    Single Event

    Sessions within an Event

    Single Session

    Entries are similar to Sessions, just substitute Entries for Sessions and Area for Event.

    All results are paged with 25 maximum results. If there are more pages, there will be a nextLink included in the results.

  • "My Queue" / "add to my schedule" broken

    Thanks for letting us know!

    It's maybe a bit confusing but there is My Queue and My Schedule. Your Queue is accessed by clicking the Profile link at the top of the page and then clicking the My Queue tab. My Schedule is purely for Events and is accessed by navigating to the Event (Build 2014 for example) and clicking the My Schedule tab on that same page (the tabs are List, Schedule, My Schedule, Most Viewed, All).

    So I'm not sure if it's just the confusion of having these two separate lists or if there is actually a bug that you are seeing. I just went and tried deleting a video from my queue and refreshing the page and it was gone. I also tried adding a Build 2014 video my schedule and then removing and it seemed to work fine. If you are still seeing this problem, can you let us know which one it's happening with (Queue or Schedule) and what browser you are using?

  • Video player controls don't work in normal mode with Firefox

    Thanks, I will take a look at this one.

  • Problem Viewing Videos

    Sorry you're having trouble! Can you give me an example of a video that is not working and what happens when you try? I just tried all of the videos on the home page from my Surface RT and they play in IE 11 using HTML5 and Flash. Silverlight of course won't work on the RT but I tried it from a different 8.1 machine with Desktop IE 11 and all of the homepage videos played fine in Silverlight. It might just be a few specific videos so an example would probably help me to find the problem.

  • Video player controls don't work in normal mode with Firefox

    @HamzaDjebli: I have Firefox 22.0 and just tested this video: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Imagine-Cup/World-Finals-2013/Day-0-Imagine-Cup-Finals and the controls on the Silverlight player worked for me. I tried pausing/playing/scrubbing/adjusting the volume. Can you give me a specific video to try or is it happening for you on every video? What happens exactly and what version of Firefox are you using?

  • Video queue indicator always shows as not queued

    Thank you! Updated that button not too long ago and I missed a css class. I have fixed the bug, should be live within the week I would guess.

  • Queue management is painfully slow

    This is great feedback, I will certainly check this out and see what improvements I can make to the queue. Thank you for providing all of the detail too, that helps a lot when trying to repro!

  • Fullscreen overlays snapped app

    Thanks for the feedback, we will look into it and see if anything can be done.