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RokuKevin
Level 9

How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

Step 1: Sign up as developer at http://www.roku.com/developer/
Step 2: Download SDK from https://owner.roku.com/Developer/DevHome
Step 3: Read through the documentation starting with the Developer Guide.
Step 4: Continue going through the BrightScript Reference and Component Reference
Step 5: Modify the simplevideoplayer example to point to an example stream of your own to confirm that it plays
Step 6: Modify the videoplayer example to create a channel with xml feeds that allows browsing of multiple files
Step 7: Check the other examples and the Component reference for pertinent features you may want to add to your channel.
Step 8: Review the Design Guidelines and the "Before Publishing Checklist" at the end of the Developer Guide to check your channel design
Step 9: Submit your channel for publishing by Roku
Step 10: We are currently reviewing channel submissions on Thursdays. Assuming your channel meets the Design Guidelines and there are no legal issues, it may take a couple weeks after your submission for your channel to actually be published in the channel store.

This forum is a good place to ask about issues the docs didn't cover on your way to developing your channel.

--Kevin
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bbakernc
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

I created an account and I click on https://owner.roku.com/Developer/DevHome
This takes me to,
http://www.roku.com/developer

I click on LOG IN TO DEVELOPERS ACCOUNT
I go to this page
https://owner.roku.com/Developer/Home/

I dont see anywhere to download the SDK.

I click on DEVELOPERS SITE and it takes me back to
http://www.roku.com/developer
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bbakernc
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

If I have 100 clients (each can do LIVE or have 100 on-demand videos) and they all want to use Roku to play their streams, Do I have to create 100 chanels OR can I create 1 channel and use catagories? a catagory for each client
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TheEndless
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

The SDK is on DevHome, not Home... log into your account and go to: https://owner.roku.com/Developer/DevHome
My Channels: http://roku.permanence.com - Twitter: @TheEndlessDev
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jbrave
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

"bbakernc" wrote:
If I have 100 clients (each can do LIVE or have 100 on-demand videos) and they all want to use Roku to play their streams, Do I have to create 100 chanels OR can I create 1 channel and use catagories? a catagory for each client


I think you mean if you have 100 streaming servers. You could create one channel, and use categories, or whatever user interface you want to create. Just for an example, check Roku Newscaster - it has categories and channels with multiple videos.

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bbakernc
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

When I login to the developer's account and I manully paste
https://owner.roku.com/Developer/DevHome
it redirects me to
http://www.roku.com/developer

I cant get to https://owner.roku.com/Developer/DevHome
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gonzotek
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

"bbakernc" wrote:
When I login to the developer's account and I manully paste
https://owner.roku.com/Developer/DevHome
it redirects me to
http://www.roku.com/developer

I cant get to https://owner.roku.com/Developer/DevHome

Go to My Account, login if required, then click on Developer Site. You must already have registered for a standard or premium developer account from the developer launch page at http://www.roku.com/developer.
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bbakernc
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

Yes, I am already registered.

How do download your tools?

How do I download the SDK?

Also, our VP of sale emailed your sales department several days ago and he has not heard back.


Thanks
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bbakernc
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

I want back the registored as a premium developer and now I can get to the download page.


Thank you for your help.
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gonzotek
Level 7

Re: How Do I Start Developing a Channel?

"bbakernc" wrote:
Yes, I am already registered.

How do download your tools?

How do I download the SDK?

Also, our VP of sale emailed your sales department several days ago and he has not heard back.


Thanks
Sorry for the confusion, I'm not a Roku employee, just a regular third party developer like yourself. Glad to see you were able to access the downloads, although a premium account should not have been necessary. I created developer account before Roku introduced the premium developer accounts. Perhaps something in their web cms is awry with regard to standard vs. developer accounts? Also, just so you know, the premium accounts give you the ability to use Roku for channel billing (vs. using your own billing system), but you aren't required to do that. You can read more about it here: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=35972
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