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santonivich
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Best Testing Practices JSON Direct Publisher

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Hello there. I'm curious what the best practices are when testing a new JSON feed in Direct Publisher? I used to be able to make a change to the JSON feed and within a few minutes I could see the preview on my Roku device.

Recently, this has stopped and I had been pulling out (what's left) of my hair trying to understand what was wrong with me feed.

So, is there some sort of online "emulator" that will show EXACTLY what will be displayed in the feed? Ideally, it would be amazing to have some sort of WYSIWYG way to test the feed. My feed doesn't show any ingesting errors but I can't see a preview in a timely manner.

Thanks! 

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Baradanikto
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Re: Best Testing Practices JSON Direct Publisher

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Welcome to the world of Roku channel testing (frustration).  In the past, channel developers were able to make changes and validate them in a timely fashion.  That changed a year or so ago.  It now takes upwards of 4-6 hours for changes to be reflected in your channel.  The closest thing to an emulator is the preview function within the Roku Developer Portal.

We all feel your pain.  Having said that, the best you can do at the moment is to try and validate your feed file before submitting it.  If you're coding the file manually by hand with an editor like Notepad, that's not possible.  That's why lots of channel developers are now resorting to using software or services that help maintain your 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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Baradanikto
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Re: Best Testing Practices JSON Direct Publisher

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Welcome to the world of Roku channel testing (frustration).  In the past, channel developers were able to make changes and validate them in a timely fashion.  That changed a year or so ago.  It now takes upwards of 4-6 hours for changes to be reflected in your channel.  The closest thing to an emulator is the preview function within the Roku Developer Portal.

We all feel your pain.  Having said that, the best you can do at the moment is to try and validate your feed file before submitting it.  If you're coding the file manually by hand with an editor like Notepad, that's not possible.  That's why lots of channel developers are now resorting to using software or services that help maintain your 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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santonivich
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Re: Best Testing Practices JSON Direct Publisher

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Thanks for the response. That's what I figured might be the answer but now I know....a little patience goes a long way.

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Re: Best Testing Practices JSON Direct Publisher

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@santonivich  , i use like 4 or 5 different type of apps and software's to develop channels , and the only 100% sure way to see exactly "like on Roku"  is on Roku. 

we just setup a test channel,  install  it as test channel and preview the changes. If, after making changes the refresh button is not working instantly , well just setup another test channel ......

it is the easiest way ?  of course not , but it is the only 100% solution

and it only takes a minute or 2 to setup a test channel with the basic options you need to see.

 

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wasimaftab11
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Re: Tutorial for ADs server setup

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Hello Dear, can any one please provide any tutorial for install or setup ad server for direct channel???

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37mediagroup
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Re: Tutorial for ADs server setup

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That's a bit of a loaded question. To add an ad server to the channel, just goto your channel, click Monetize, and there's a field to paste in your ad server URL.  There's also some info here: https://developer.roku.com/docs/developer-program/advertising/roku-advertising-framework.md

 

If your question is 'How do I setup an ad server' that's more along the lines of a 3rd party service. Either an ad agency, or an ad server provider. Roku doesn't internally offer ad server services except for large, very large (I presume) channels.

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sattun
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Re: Best Testing Practices JSON Direct Publisher

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Hi @santonivich ,

If you are looking for a robust solution to manage your content feed, check out our OTTfeed.com platform it will save you a lot of time and frustration debugging your feed.

In our manage category section you have a preview button that will show you all the video thumbnails that will show in each category, this way you will know exactly what will show on your Roku channel before it will get updated (see video below).

Here is a video of the preview category: https://vimeo.com/677334824

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Go to https://OTTfeed.com and click "Start 7-day free trial" then enter the promo code on the billing screen and enjoy OTTfeed 1 month free.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks

 

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