New to version 0.6 is the reporting interface. The reporting interface can be found in the REPORTS tab and can be accessed by all channels. The reporting interface displays and keeps track of all users who have visited, viewed media, and the amount of bandwidth transferred by the user.
In this version of TVStation the reporting system will also keep track of admin data as well. In addition to the viewer data, it also keeps track of the live data broadcasted either locally or through FMLE (Flash Media Live Encoder). The new reporting system breaks the data into channels and each channel has its own set of reporting data that is recorded. If the admin signed in has master rights then they can access the reports for each channel by changing the channel box located on the top left of the TV2 interface.
The reporting interface is broken down into five sub-sections. Each section displays and organizes the data that has been recorded in its own unique way.
- User: Organizes and displays data based on the users that have visited.
- Media: Organizes and displays data based on the media that has been viewed.
- System: Organizes and displays data based on the operating systems that have been used by users.
- Browser: Organizes and displays data based on the browser that have been used by users.
- Region: Organizes and displays data based on the geographical location of all users.
The reporting interface has two main display components, the chart at the top and the data grid list at the bottom. The chart is the first of these two and is used to display data in various different graphs.
The chart is controlled by three component interfaces.
The first one is the chart filter. The chart filter allows the admin user choose which type of data they want to view. There are currently three data types available:
- Visits: This is the number of users who have visited the channel. The chart further breaks this down into two types of visits. The first one is total visits, which means the overall total visits the channel had. The second one is unique visits, which is the actual number of individual users who visited the channel.
- Views: This is the number of overall total views the channel has had.
- Transfer (MB): This is the actual number of bandwidth transferred through the server (in Megabytes). The bandwidth covers not only the media that was played but all transactions to the server (including text messages) that were processed by the users. The data type is further broken down into three parts. The first is the total transfer which is the overall amount of bandwidth that was transferred through the server. The second is the outgoing transfer which is the amount of data that has been sent from the server to users. The last one is the incoming transfer which displays the total amount of data sent to the server (most relevant when doing live broadcast).
The second component that controls the chart is the chart type component. The chart type component tells the chart how to display the data. There are currently three displays types.
- Overall Totals: The overall totals chart type is a line based graph which displays the totals for all the chart filters regardless of what sub section in the reporting interface you are using.
- Performance: The performance chart type is a column based graph which displays the top items from the data grid list for that sub-section. You can use the chart filter to change between data types.
The percentages chart type is a pie based graph which shows you the percentages for the top items from the data grid list for that sub-section. You can use the chart filter to change between data types.
The last component that controls the chart display is the user type component. This component allows the admin to filter out certain types of users. It can only be used when the overall totals chart type is being used.
The data grid list is the second main display component on the reporting interface. It displays the details of data retrieved and organizes based on the sub-section that is selected.
The admin user can double click on any of the items in the list to break down the list into sessions for the item that was selected. One session per user is counted based on the time a user logged into the TV2 server all the way till they disconnect from that server.
They can also double click on any session to break down what the user viewed during the time they were connected to the TV2 server. They can use the included search bar to search for items based on the sub-section they selected. For example, in the media sub-section they can search the data grid list based on the media name.
Admin users can download a CSV formatted copy of the details listed by pressing the Export CSV button.