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Generate Direct Publisher JSON feeds with Wordpress

Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:22 pm

Download on the WordPress plugin repository  (100% Free Plugin)

UPDATED v1.3.1:  
  • NEW:  Updated Series system
  • NEW:  Amazon Fire App Builder JSON feeds
  • UPDATED:  Closed Caption Support
  • UPDATED:  UI to be more friendly
  • FIXED: Error with TV Specials not displaying in some cases
Coming in 1.4 - MAJOR update to the HTML5 player including Embedding, Better VAST support and updates to the HLS engine.

I've spent the last few months quietly getting this plugin together.   It is currently awaiting approval from WordPress, but I wanted to post it here so I could get some qualified feedback.

A few notes:
  1. Install the plugin like any other WordPress plugin
  2. It currently only works with Movies and Short Form Video content.  I will be adding support for more in the upcoming versions.   Now works with Short-form Videos, Series and TV Specials.
  3. Instructions can be found in WP Smart TV > Settings > Help Documents > View All Documentation
  4. This does not work with YouTube videos, and no I can't add support for it.  It's against their T.O.S.
  5. Tested with Vimeo Pro and Amazon S3/CloudFront.  Should work with most video hosting options
  6. WP-Engine (and possibly other hosts) will sometimes block images from the Roku DP system.   Enable Jetpack and turn on "Speed up images and photos" or disable "Mod Security" in Apache.
  7. I'll update this post when it is in the WordPress plugin director and I will answer any questions in this thread
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ashokiptv
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:41 am

Wow Nice Work. Ill test it and provide my feedback
 
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:04 pm

ashokiptv wrote:
Wow Nice Work. Ill test it and provide my feedback

Thanks!   I'd love to hear any feedback you have.  Btw, the plugin is now officially in the WordPress plugin repository.   I updated the OP with the links.
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:08 pm

Rats!  I just tried to install it on my Wordpress site and I got the following error:


"Plugin could not be activated because it triggered a fatal error.

[color=#000000]Fatal error: Can't use function return value in write context in /home1/NAMEOFMYSERVER/public_html/NAMEOFMYWEBSITE/wp-content/plugins/wp-smart-tv/lib/rovidx-smart-tv-shortcodes.php on line 117"[/color]

I'm running version 4.8.
 
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:12 pm

johnary wrote:
Rats!  I just tried to install it on my Wordpress site and I got the following error:

Rats indeed!   My bad, I'll fix it for the upcoming patch that should be out before Monday.
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:49 am

johnary wrote:
Rats!  I just tried to install it on my Wordpress site and I got the following error:

1.1.0 should fix the issue.  Let me know if you run into other ones.
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:22 pm

It seems to be working now.  I will keep testing it and let you know how it goes.  Thanks!
 
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:55 pm

I have added three movies to my channel.  I looked at the JSON file it generated and checked it out with JSONLint.  Everything looks good but the Feed Status on the Manage My Channels Roku Dashboard tells me that it is "Unable to download from feedURL."  Not sure if I'm doing something wrong.
 
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:50 pm

Shoot me a pm with your Wordpress URL and I'll take a look.
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:17 pm

johnary wrote:
I have added three movies to my channel.  I looked at the JSON file it generated and checked it out with JSONLint.  Everything looks good but the Feed Status on the Manage My Channels Roku Dashboard tells me that it is "Unable to download from feedURL."  Not sure if I'm doing something wrong.

You might have to turn off ModSecurity on your Apache setup on your webhosting account.  If you check your error logs you will probably find 406 Errors.  The Roku Servers don't pass the header information when connecting to your feed so ModSecurity stops the connection.  Turn it off and you should be fine.
 
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Re: Help me test my Wordpress plugin for Direct Publisher feeds

Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:14 am

Bumping this so other folks can see...this WP plugin is great!
 
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Re: Generate Direct Publisher JSON feeds with Wordpress

Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:37 pm

Updated to 1.3.1 - See top post for more info!   

PS:  Our email system is currently down, so if you need help use the Support Ticket system!
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Re: Generate Direct Publisher JSON feeds with Wordpress

Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:49 am

Wow Rovidx!  It's good to see you're back.  I found your post today.

I'm an old Rovidx customer (from the Wask build a few years ago.)  So my question is...I've built this huge XML according to the WASK feed format, and as you know this is not a typical, valid feed.  It's missing some elements (there's no duration or length etc etc.)

1.) Could someone suggest some software for converting an existing MRSS feed to the JSON feed that Rovidx (and Roku Direct Pub) requires?

2.)  On a semi-related note, I'm anxious to find out how to use AD ID's like Amazon Ads, or Admob with Rovidx (and/or Roku Direct Publisher.)
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Re: Generate Direct Publisher JSON feeds with Wordpress

Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:48 am

Got a tutorial on this using WP Smart TV.

http://5thingsseries.com/building-a-roku-channel/

Hope this helps, folks!
 
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Re: Generate Direct Publisher JSON feeds with Wordpress

Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:42 pm

DeanLach wrote:
Wow Rovidx!  It's good to see you're back.  I found your post today.

I'm an old Rovidx customer (from the Wask build a few years ago.)  So my question is...I've built this huge XML according to the WASK feed format, and as you know this is not a typical, valid feed.  It's missing some elements (there's no duration or length etc etc.)

1.) Could someone suggest some software for converting an existing MRSS feed to the JSON feed that Rovidx (and Roku Direct Pub) requires?

2.)  On a semi-related note, I'm anxious to find out how to use AD ID's like Amazon Ads, or Admob with Rovidx (and/or Roku Direct Publisher.)

Hey Dean!  

1)  Unless you have the skills to code a custom importer, there is no way to currently do this.  Plus you will need all the relevant information or DP will throw errors.

2)  It works with any VAST/VPAID compatible feed.   Last I checked Amazon Ads where only banner/text ads, so none of those would work.   I've tested it with DoubleClick for Publishers and it works great.

-Rob
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