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by Baradanikto
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: MRSS vs JSON feed
Replies: 1
Views: 964

MRSS vs JSON feed

In the process of developing my channel, I built the feed using xml and json.  The channel output looks the same in each case.  I can't tell if there's any advantage to using xml over json.  I had expected that there might be some features available to me by using a json feed, but, that does not app...
by Baradanikto
Sun Apr 02, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Re: Feed URL Validation Error

mitchstein...thanks for the feedback. belltown...I'm happy to say that my problems are finally resolved.  You were right, it was a problem with the feed even though it would work correctly from myjson.  I found that my Powershell script was using the following to create the json file: $jsonBody | Co...
by Baradanikto
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Missing videos - category error?
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Re: Missing videos - category error?

I found and fixed the problem with my feed.  The feed validated correctly which caused a bit of confusion.  The problem was with some tags I was using.  Once I resolved the tag issue, all videos show.  The error in my feed was not caught by the validation process.
by Baradanikto
Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Re: Feed URL Validation Error

belltown...I apologize if I wasn't clear.  But, if you take a look back at my Friday post, you'll see that with your help, I was able to determine that my json feed syntax problem was due to a bug in my Powershell script.  I've fixed it and the feed validates correctly if I host it on myjson.com .  ...
by Baradanikto
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Re: Feed URL Validation Error

belltown....Please don't make assumptions.  Take a moment to re-read the first part of this thread where I indicate that I am trying to serve the json file from my Amazon S3 bucket, which, by the way, is a paid service.  You provided some initial help, but, I'm still not able to serve the json file ...
by Baradanikto
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Missing videos - category error?
Replies: 3
Views: 674

Missing videos - category error?

I created a json feed that validated and the developer portal says that it consume 27 videos.  However, not all of them show up.  I think it may be somehow tied into the categories.  I've elected to use the categories/tags in my feed.  Here's a sample: "categories":  [                     ...
by Baradanikto
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Re: Feed URL Validation Error

With some prodding from belltown, I was able to determine that my Powershell script had a bug that converted the Content object incorrectly.  I've fixed it and my json now validates correctly and the channel displays properly. I'm still having problems determining where to host the json.  In the int...
by Baradanikto
Thu Mar 30, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Re: Feed URL Validation Error

I think I may have found the cause of my error.  But, I think I'm going to need someone from Roku to explain this.  My Powershell script converts my MRSS xml feed to a JSON feed.  In the process, it converts the "Content" object  of the shortFormVideo object as a regular key/value pair whi...
by Baradanikto
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Help W/MRSS feed Error
Replies: 14
Views: 2842

Re: Help W/MRSS feed Error

If anyone is still having problems with their MRSS feed, you may be interested in my post: https://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=100&t=100516&p=555603&hilit=mrss#p555603.
by Baradanikto
Wed Mar 29, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Re: Feed URL Validation Error

I've made some more progress.  I was able to upload the json file specifying a different content-type of "application/json".  However, this only helped a little.  I still get the "unexpected token" error message "at position 0", but, it no longer has a funny character i...
by Baradanikto
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Category Error on Direct Publisher
Replies: 12
Views: 2888

Re: Category Error on Direct Publisher

Did you ever figure this out?  I've got a similar problem.  The code validates fine, but, Roku won't validate it.
by Baradanikto
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Re: Feed URL Validation Error

belltown, Thanks for the reply.  It was just enough info to point me in the right direction.  I figured out the problem and have corrected it.  Here's the jist. When uploading a JSON file to Amazon S3, the content type does not default to "json".  I had to add that as a bit of meta data as...
by Baradanikto
Sun Mar 26, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: Feed URL Validation Error
Replies: 20
Views: 2957

Feed URL Validation Error

I've seen this question asked on this forum before without much feedback.  I've converted my MRSS feed into a JSON feed using a Powershell script I wrote.  I tested the resulting JSON file using one of the recommended validaters and it came up clean.  I upload the JSON file to my Amazon S3 bucket an...
by Baradanikto
Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: MRSS Feed Update Utility
Replies: 13
Views: 2975

Re: MRSS Feed Update Utility

RokuTomC, thanks for the further clarification.  But, can you also verify that JSON can be used for short videos (less than 20 minutes)?  If that's the case, I'll definitely try to update my code to support JSON sooner than later.
by Baradanikto
Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Roku Direct Publisher
Topic: MRSS Feed Update Utility
Replies: 13
Views: 2975

Re: MRSS Feed Update Utility

Thanks.  You are correct in that the major differences between JSON (Java Script Object Notation) and the MRSS XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is the syntax.  JSON is the newer of the two frameworks.  Both are data interchange formats.  I chose MRSS because of the type of content I stream.  The con...