App Guide: RSS Feeds

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ScreenCloud’s RSS Feed app allows you to show the latest updates, news, and information from any RSS feed; be it from the New York Times, NASA, or your own. This is one of the easiest ways to share blog posts, weather updates, news, company news and more from your digital signage screens. 

With RSS feeds, the content is updated automatically so once set up that’s it! A steady stream of the latest content for your screens to share. 

With the ScreenCloud RSS Feed app you can:

  • Add any RSS feed URL
  • Set the timing of each update
  • Add multiple RSS feeds to your display by repeating steps 1-4 

Table of Contents:

Step-by-Step: Here's How It Works

Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Select and install the ScreenCloud RSS Feed app

To set up your RSS feed follow this link and select ‘Install this app’ in the bottom right-hand corner. This will log you into your ScreenCloud account, or prompt you to set up our free trial in order to use RSS Feed and the other apps within our App Store. 

  • Once logged in select ‘Add this app’ from the top right-hand corner:

RSS feed app

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2. Choose your RSS Feed to show

  • On opening the app, you’ll see the below screen asking you to add your RSS feed URL. If you have the URL of the RSS feed you wish to show you can copy and paste it in here:

RSS feed app

If you aren’t sure how to get the RSS feed URL of your chosen blog, website or news feed try the steps below:

  • Open the blog or website of your choice
  • On the webpage, right click and select ‘Show page source’
  • Click ‘ctrl + F’ or ‘command + F’ depending on whether you are using Windows or Mac
  • Type in ‘RSS’ and hit enter
  • This should take you directly to, or highlight, the RSS feed URL of that page which you can copy and paste into the ScreenCloud RSS Feed.

Find the RSS feed of a news site

The RSS feed of the popular news site TechCrunch in this example.

As well as setting the time duration for each post you will also see the option to ‘Enrich RSS data using Embedly’. Turning this on will help your RSS feed to return a larger set of attributes where available, such as multiple images, caching and other rich RSS content sources. 

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3. Preview your results

Once you’ve added your RSS URL you get to check out your feed before it gets added to a playlist. 

  • Click ‘Preview App’ and a small popup will display the RSS feed of your choosing, played for the duration you have set: 

RSS feed app

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4. Add the RSS feed to your digital signage playlist

Once you’re happy with your RSS feed you can add it to one of your digital signage playlists.

  • Select ‘Add App’ and choose a name for that particular RSS feed, for example, ‘RSS - TechCrunch’. This will help you to differentiate between feeds later on if you decide to use more than one within your digital signage display:

Add RSS feed to playlist

  • Next, go to ‘Playlists’ and drag and drop your RSS app from the app selection bar on the right-hand side into the playlist of your choosing:

RSS feed

  • Once it has been added to your playlist you can change the time duration to select how long the RSS feed will show in its entirety. Here, you may want to coordinate with how long each story or blog post is shown for. 

For example, if you want to show the top ten stories on the RSS feed and you have set them to play for 60 seconds each, you may want to set the total time duration to 6 minutes so that they all play for the same duration. 

You can also move where the RSS feed plays within the playlist by using the same drag and drop motion. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I can’t find the RSS feed for the blog or site I want to show

  • It is the job of the blog or website owner to create the RSS feed URL. If none can be found, you may wish to reach out to the website or blog directly and double check if there is an RSS available. 

Can I use the RSS feed as part of a zoned digital signage display?

  • Yes, when setting up a zoned display you will see the option to ‘Add App’. Any RSS feeds you have set up will be found in this list. 

How long is the RSS app shown for?

  • The RSS app is shown for the duration set within the playlist. Each piece of content within the RSS feed is shown for the time set when the RSS feed was first added. This can be edited by going to ‘Content Library’ and hovering over the RSS feed where the option ‘Edit this app’ will appear. 

Does RSS Feed work offline?

  • The cache of the RSS feed data is 30 minutes.

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If you have any additional questions or concerns on the RSS Feed app, or any other questions or feedback about your ScreenCloud Membership, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.io or give us a call at +1-415-449-5426, then follow the prompts to reach support. 

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