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zifty
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No Idea What I'm Doing

Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:37 am

Hello all,
I've been tasked by my employer to create a Roku channel for our company for our videos. We currently have them hosted on Vimeo. I thought that it would be easy and just use the regular URL to supply the feed but as I have recently learned, that is not the case. I do not have any experience with git or RSS feeds. I would greatly appreciate the help from square one to finish if anyone has the time to explain this to me. I did not understand a lick of the language when I googled MRSS feeds. 

Thanks in advance,
Zifty
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:22 am

Hi Zifty,

I was in the same boat as you - this video may help though:
https://vimeo.com/188758234


KJ
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:52 pm

Hi Zifty,

Creating a Roku channel can be a daunting task, even when going the direct publisher route which simplifies channel creation somewhat. 

Here is a list of things that you need to be able to get started creating a channel for Roku Direct publisher.  

1) Video Host for your video content.  
As you mentioned you have Vimeo, but unless it is Vimeo Pro ($240/annually) or better it will not work as a host.

2) Graphic Artwork images as part of the branding for your channel which include: Channel Poster, Channel Logo, Splash Screen and Small Logo for Roku Search. 

You can use websites like www.befunky.com or www.canva.com to edit/create those images or download a program like Inkscape (free).

3) MRSS/JSON feed - this will be the hardest part.

Currently the best options that are available are:

instanttvchannel.com  $49.95/month
- ROKU JSON feed manager $64.95 (one time purchase)
JWPlayer does offer video hosting as well as MRSS/JSON support for $120/annually for 500 videos / 50k plays. 

Note: ODD Networks that KJ referenced in his link doesn't work currently.  The CEO mentioned they are reworking the free version, but I would not count on that anytime soon.

All of these things above come with a bit of a learning curve, and some kind of price, but will allow you to build a decent channel.

I would be glad to help you with any questions, and can even help with creating graphics if you need it.

LMK,
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stubbstarbuck
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:39 am

I have a README on Github with a sample feed that tells you how to use Vimeo. You can serve your feed on a gh-pages branch.

https://kbdick.github.io/sr_roku/README_sample

Let me know if you have questions.
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:40 am

FYI, Github is free for a public page, $7/mo for private repositories, so it may be your cheapest option. You can also serve a feed from a public website endpoint.
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:23 pm

My plugin for WordPress is 100% free and generates feeds for Roku Direct Publisher (and Amazon Fire App Builder).

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smart-tv/
Use Wordpress to power your Roku Direct Publisher -> https://rovidx.com
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:12 am

Donp88 mentioned that InstantTvChannel.com costs $49.95/month. There is also a free and a $4.95/month version, as well as a Developer SDK SceneGraph version.

Not all Direct Publisher feed-generators are the same. Here's a comparison chart from Roku: https://developer.roku.com/feed/partners
www.InstantTvChannel.com - Build a Roku channel in 5 minutes!
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:03 pm

Um, what do you need an rss feed? All you need to do is host the json files on a standard webserver..

Making the json files is somewhat complicated but for just 50 videos it shouldn't take more then a day or two to get the format down and working.. the Direct Player does work well once you figure out the over complicated json files..

I've published here in the forums sample working json files where all you need to do is edit the urls titles and descriptions.

As for the graphics, I used an old version (version 7) of adobe photoshop, you can use any imaging software, make your picture at the highest resolution required or larger, then just simply change the canvas size and save as different name.. in adobe photoshop 7 (written for windows 95a) you simply create a giant picture, select image, then image size and type in the x/y values roku requires and then save the file under a different name..
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:54 am

I am the developer of the JSON Feed Manager Software that Donp88 mentions in this post.  If you haven't already, I'd suggest you take a look at the demo I've provided and the tutorial video I've created.  The software does not require any knowledge of JSON syntax.  It creates and manages syntactically correct JSON feed files for you.  There's no subscription fees, and, I provide free support and maintenance updates.
Public Roku Channel: Rowing

Software for creating and managing MRSS and JSON feeds @ http://www.rokurowingchannel.com. No JSON or MRSS knowledge required.
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:21 pm

Here's a tutorial for ya with step by step instructions.  Uses Wordpress, a WP Smart TV plug-in, and Direct Publisher.  No coding needed!

http://5thingsseries.com/building-a-roku-channel/
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:34 am

Baradanikto is there a script to batch import files. for instance, I have an asp script that will import a video from every subdirectory and read a "description.txt" file to add the video to my database, is there something similar to that in your json creation tool? or maybe you can read directly from a access or sql database to make the json file?
 
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Re: No Idea What I'm Doing

Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:36 am

mitchstein:  The first release of the software does not have an import feature.  However, I just branched the source to start working on the next release of the software.  I can certainly look into adding an import function.
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Software for creating and managing MRSS and JSON feeds @ http://www.rokurowingchannel.com. No JSON or MRSS knowledge required.

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