Understanding Categories and Channels in Kaltura MediaSpace

You can access MediaSpace media collections through categories and channels.

Categories define the taxonomy and hierarchical structure of your MediaSpace site. You can access categories through the Navigation icon and browse your content according to the categories they are contained in. Each category opens up the list of sub-categories that are pre-configured by your administrator.

A channel is a user generated collection of content that pertains to a subset of users (or all authenticated users). Channel managers and site administrators may give users permission to perform specific actions in a channel. You can access your channels from the My Channels selection in the User menu.

To learn how to use channels, see Creating and Managing a Channel. The MediaSpace channel page that is public displays the information you have decided to share with the public from your account,

The following table lists some of the differences between categories and channels.




What are they?

Centrally curated hierarchical structure that defines the taxonomy of the site

User generated collections that are personally managed

Who can create?

KMC users only

Any KMS user (configurable according to role

Where do they show?

Navigation menu

My Channels

All Channels

Inside a category




Group Offline Sync

Import members from parent

Inherit members from parent



Group Offline Sync

















MediaSpace opens up with the Root categories displayed in the Category pane. 

To select a category

  1. Click on the navigation icon. The root categories are displayed initially.
  2. Use the arrows to open the sub-categories.

The media and channels associated with the category are displayed.

When you exit MediaSpace your last category request is saved for your next KMS session.

To view your channels

  • Click on My Channels in the User Menu.

The My Channels page has a clear indication of all the information related to the channel including, the name, a thumbnail display of the last video added to the channel, total number of views, statistics, who is managing the channel, links to send email to and which categories the channel is associated with.

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