UMP (Unified Media Platform)

8.1 Reading RSS Feeds

 

Because of the huge amount of publicly accessible RSS feeds an RSS client has been included in the UMP.

 

Currently the UMP-OSD supports most RSS 0.90, RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0, RSS 1.1 and RSS 2.0 feeds. If you wish to access a feed in a different format, like for instance the popular Atom format, you will need to use the built-in Atom/RSS client in the Web Browser.

 

Note that the UMP does not support pictures in feeds. Only text is displayed, although there is no theoretical limit as to the amount of text.

 

To view an RSS feed navigate to the Headlines Menu in the OSD and select a channel. After the ‘Reading Headlines’ dialog disappears, you should see the individual feed items. Highlight an entry and press Enter on the remote control or keyboard (UMP-R-XXX).

8.2 Selecting RSS Feeds

 

As mentioned in the previous section, you can add almost any RSS source to the RSS client in the OSD, although there are a few feeds configured by default already.

 

 

 

Among others, there is an ‘UMP Updates’ feed. This provides information on any new entries in the UMP knowledgebase online, which includes news and documentation about Plugins, Updates, F.A.Qs, Specifications and Howtos. It is strongly recommended that you keep this feed in the listing, although it can be removed.

 

 

 

To add, edit or remove RSS sources, access the Web Interface and navigate to Settings -> All -> Other -> HEADLINES_ITEMS. Here you will see the list of sources or channels in the Headlines Menu. The default items are listed below:

 

 

 

 

 

('UMP Updates',

 

'http://ump.pelnet.eu/kb/rss.php'),

 

 

 

('BBC Weather',

 

'http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2258/Next3DaysRSS.xml'),

 

 

 

('SlashDot',

 

'http://rss.slashdot.org/Slashdot/slashdot'),

 

 

 

('Digg',

 

'http://feeds.digg.com/digg/news/popular.rss'),

 

 

 

('LinuxQuestions',

 

'http://feeds.feedburner.com/linuxquestions/latest'),

 

 

 

('Hack-a-Day',

 

'http://hackaday.com/feed/rss/'),

 

 

 

 ('Pro-Linux',

 

'http://www.pl-forum.de/backend/pro-linux.rdf'),

 

 

 

 

 

The UMP Updates RSS feed is also pre-configured in the Web Browser.

 

 

After changing any of these settings, you will need to restart the OSD for the settings to take effect.

8.3 Advanced RSS Settings

 

Because all RSS functionality is combined into one single plugin, less configuration is required. To completely remove the RSS client function from the OSD, access the Web Interface and navigate to Plugins -> Global and disable the ‘headlines’ plugin.

 

As explained in the previous section, you can add, edit or remove RSS sources in the Web Interface by navigating to Settings -> All -> Other and modifying the values in HEADLINES_ITEMS.

 

There are no theoretical limits to the amount of text in an RSS item, despite the restrictions indicated by the protocol

 

 

Please note that the URLs may NOT include equals symbols “=”, though “&eq;” can be used, if the RSS server supports this. If you include an equals symbol and save the configuration you may need to edit the configuration file manually.

 

 

 

After changing any of these settings, you will need to restart the OSD for the settings to take effect.