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jwblant
Level 7

Video Screensavers: Are they possible?

I have fallen in love with the ATV's new "aerial" screensavers and wanted to find something similar. However, everything I could find only used still images. So I signed up to become a developer but after looking around for a bit, I still don't see a way to use a video stream inside a screensaver.

Is it possible to have a handful of 5 minute videos loop in a screensaver? If not, are there any real reasons why it's not allowed?
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jayseattle
Level 7

Re: Video Screensavers: Are they possible?

I believe the answer is yes. I have a very simple screensaver that pulls in static JPGs from a CDN. Suggest starting with this:
https://blog.roku.com/developer/tutorial-screensavers

and you would have to alter pulling from the image file contained locally to an external stream.
m.top.backgroundURI = “pkg:/images/background.jpg”


Note: I only use static images so you may have to research if another video based component is needed.
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squirreltown
Level 9

Re: Video Screensavers: Are they possible?

Video can not be used in screensavers. 
Kinetics Screensavers
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jayseattle
Level 7

Re: Video Screensavers: Are they possible?

Sorry, to clarify my use of screensaver...
I am packaging screensaver functionality as an app. It may help to think of using video in a Roku application but it can resemble a screensaver. It needs to be manually invoked however and that may not fit your use case.
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