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mkammes
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Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

Hello all:

I know this can be coded, but is anyone aware of any existing plugins (or in development) that may fit this bill?

While my channel is already coded to pull some graphics and media from an external xml, having a wordpress plugin on my site where I can enter the channel metadata and m3u8 playlist info to auto populate that xml would save me a ton of time, as I need to update both the website and roku channel by hand.

Otherwise, I may just hire someone to code it.

Thanks!
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Veeta
Level 7

Re: Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

Look at RoVidX https://rovidx.com.
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mkammes
Level 7

Re: Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

Thanks!

I exchanged emails with the dev some time ago, and I see many links online to it are now all dead.  Is it an active product?
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Veeta
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Re: Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

It may be. He goes by RobSMS here on the forums and may no longer be maintaining this service.

As an alternative, instead of driving your channel directly from Wordpress, think about using one of the Direct Publisher partners like JWPlayer who may be able to interface with your Wordpress instance and a Roku app.
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mkammes
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Re: Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

Thanks for the tip.  Would JW player handle passing more than just media...e.g metadata, images, too?  I've never used it for more than a player.

I also have been chatting with the dev who did this: https://preonline.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203995879-Use-Wordpress-To-Update-Roku-Channel-Conte... , I think he's planing on putting it on github, too.
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mkammes
Level 7

Re: Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

Resurrecting this.

If I convert my channel to direct publisher, this gives me MRSS access.

Rob has the WP Smart TV WP plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smart-tv/ which is VERY promising, although it doesn't appear to integrate on individual existing posts on Wordpress, e.g. the user needs to create a second "movie" post.  If anyone is familiar with Blubrry, I'm looking for that type of integration...a one stop shop on your blog post to add media for Roku.

Has anyone come across any other WP plugins that generate the MRSS feeds on a per post basis that direct publisher needs?

Or, if there is JSON integration with a GUI for WP, I'm open to that as well.

Thanks!
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martinaiphs
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Re: Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

With the Direct Publish feature introduced last year, it seems the framework is there to build a Wordpress plugin to update the metadata (and video and images) of a Roku channel from your Wordpress blog.

As someone who runs a Roku channel and an accompanying Wordpress blog, having 1 area to upload images, paths, etc would be a tremendous time saver.
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mkammes
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Re: Wordpress plugin for metadata for Roku channel

ONE DOES EXIST.  Pretty new.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-smart-tv/

It already saves me hours.  Add a video in WP, then point to your streaming location, upload your VTT CC file, BIF files, etc...and there you go.  Your WP installation hosts the JSON that you can add to your DP feed.

In all honesty, I can add an entry to my JSON feed in under 5 minutes.
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