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    "Coming Soon" message on Windows Media Server

    Here's the situation: I have a sort of "press junket" thing coming up. We plan to do a live video stream of several people off and on over about three days. The problem is that we don't know exactly when they will be there, so I'd like to set up a short "coming soon" video that will loop when there isn't actually anything streaming and then switch over to the live stream when the publishing point activates. That way, if there's nothing going on, users get the "coming soon" message instead of an error message. Is there a way to do this? If so, how do I do it?

    I'm using Windows Media Services 9, and generally we set up an ASX file to point to the publishing point.

    Thanks (in advance) for all your help.

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    If I remember correctly (I haven't touched WM server in quite some time), you can set a primary source and a fallback source for if the primary source fails; simply streaming in your live feed as primary and killing the feed may work, although I'm not sure if it will kick back viewers of the fallback to the primary. Honestly, the easiest (and most controllable) way is likely to do this with some sort of master control video set up, maybe an old Video Toaster (if your source is analog) or a small switcher with a computer showing a powerpoint slide as an alternate input?
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
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