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Dwvsplat
Level 7

Basic build for a church

I have a live stream url ready for roku, but I have no experience building a channel, can anyone help? I just want it to be basic, go to the channel with our logo and hit play....that is it.

This is our roku stream link:

https://link.theplatform.com/s/IfSiAC/media/QSLarpNAnF2O/file.m3u8?format=redirect&formats=m3u&affil...

Our streaming website looks like this:

Https://live.centralwesleyan.org

Thanks for any help in advance!

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AaronMSpelling
Level 12

Re: Basic build for a church

Hi @Dwvsplat  hit me up with a message i can help you out 

Building a TV Channel can be easy … if you have a right tools ===>> https://tv-channel.info/
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genepensiero
Level 10

Re: Basic build for a church

Don't pay someone to do it. You can do it for free.

Direct message me and we can email.

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kyle173
Level 7

Re: Basic build for a church

I am looking to do the same for my church. I have the channel up but I can't set up the feed. how can I do this for free?

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genepensiero
Level 10

Re: Basic build for a church

Hey Kyle.

I'd be happy to help you get it your channel on its way. Email me at gene pensiero (at) gmail . com

If you're using Direct Publisher, it's a pretty basic process.

Your feed needs to be a JSON file. If you've never used JSON before, it's not too complicated. If you email me, I'd be happy to send you over a sample of ours to use in setting up yours.

The JSON file gives Roku a list of videos you want to appear on your channel, as well as additional information, like their thumbnails, duration, description, etc.

It also allows you to categorize and order your videos (by sermon series, for example).

Once you have your JSON file ready, you upload it, not to Roku but to a web host somewhere. Then you tell Roku where it lives. When you want to add new content, you just update your JSON. However, take note that Direct Publisher will not update right away. It scans your channel 3 or 4 times a day and you can't ping it yourself.

Anyway, email me if you'd like a template to work with.

gene

 

37mediagroup
Level 12

Re: Basic build for a church

Are you saying you have your Roku Channel up?  What videos are you currently using, and are you hosting videos going forward, or looking for live?

 

If live, you then need to add some form of Live Video URL to it.  I doubt you'll find a free service for this, as YT & FB etc don't work ingest with Roku & aren't valid URLs.

Your best option, IMHO, is Dacast. They offer an 'Event' plan, that gives  you 1 TB of streaming, for $250, and it remains valid for 1 year. They have great support, its easy, & I've streamed live with them. If you have trouble using it feel free to post.

Otherwise, I don't think you'll find any free streaming services available. 

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horrorhound
Level 7

Re: Basic build for a church

I'm working on a Church live stream also but having a hard time finding a cost effective solution for LiveStream m3u8 files.   We have Vimeo Premium but having a hard time getting the livestream added to Roku Direct Publisher.

 

What service are you using to host your livestream?

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jwalle
Level 7

Re: Basic build for a church

I'm setting up a channel for our church and came across this while trying to figure out what's wrong with the JSON file.  I am an experienced developer.  I must say - the ROKU tools for validating are pretty bad.  I stripped the JSON file down to 1 video to try and get this working.   I was using tvSpecial and then tried shortFormVideos.  Neither works.   I only get "1 item has an error: Required shortFormVideo content is missing."  I have looked at every single required item multiple times in the docs.  They are all there in the file.  

EDIT: @genepensiero was a big help. All set on this.

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genepensiero
Level 10

Re: Basic build for a church

I'll take a look.

Send me an email (my name @ gmail) and I can send you what we're working with.

 

Baradanikto
Level 13

Re: Basic build for a church

The feed file you posted does not define a tv special or a short form video.  Is this the problem feed file?

FREE Windows desktop software for creating BIF (Trick Play), Direct Publisher (MRSS, JSON), and FireTV feeds @ GitHub/rrirower. No programming knowledge required.
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