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Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

I can not add a custom category to my channel. This is the only section I left to complete. Every time I drop down the add category there is nothing there to add and when I go to save I keep getting an error. I have logged out, logged back in and for the life keep getting the same error. I have to have one custom category to finish this channel but the system wont let me. When I click the black add category nothing happens. My tag shoes up under the select section but that just throws up an error as well.Error 1.jpgError 2.jpg

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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

If you're using a Json feed, I'd suggest you define the categories within the file itself. Doing so will provide more control over your content.

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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

Also, you can only have 15 categories, and New Releases & Most Popular count if selected, bringing it down to 13.

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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

Actually, according to the Roku Partner Success site, the number of categories (rows) is actually 25.  That question was asked:

Is there a limit on how many categories/rows or videos I can have in a Direct Publisher channel?

The answer given was:

There is a limit of:

  • 25 categories (rows)
  • 40 items per category (row)

Keep in mind, '40 items' does not mean 40 videos since an item can be a Series.

FREE Windows desktop software for creating BIF (Trick Play), Direct Publisher (MRSS, JSON), and FireTV feeds @ https://github.com/rrirower. No programming knowledge required.
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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

I finally did figure out where to add the category. Its actually at the top of the menu. Roku needs to make the add category a drop down menu where it says add category instead of somewhere else on the screen. Any how problem solved.

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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

What do you mean top of the menu. I have the same issue.


@uctv wrote:

I finally did figure out where to add the category. Its actually at the top of the menu. Roku needs to make the add category a drop down menu where it says add category instead of somewhere else on the screen. Any how problem solved.


 

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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

@uctv  All the more reason to define the categories in your feed file.

FREE Windows desktop software for creating BIF (Trick Play), Direct Publisher (MRSS, JSON), and FireTV feeds @ https://github.com/rrirower. No programming knowledge required.
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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

Do you have a example of that code section. Thanks

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Re: Can Not Add a Custom Category to the Categorys Section

@rfm1963  Please refer to Roku Json Specifications.

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