Thank you very much for welcoming me here. My apologies but this is a newbie question and really need expert's help.
I created a channel and added all necessary info and images. Categories were selected on the Roku Developer option. Everything is checked on the Feed Status and no errors when checking the Feed. We also used all possible validators online and json is valid. My issue is on Roku device, it shows the splash page, then it seems to load (progress circle), then that disappears, and nothing else, it stays blank.
Thumbnails/Videos do not load, it stays blank. Although Roku Developer accepted the feed without error and it published it.
Kindly asking for expert's advice if there is something missing on our feed, or an error, or anything. Also, is it okay to use AWS S3 for video hosting and use the Youtube image like I did on the feed? Any opinion, suggestion, correction, anything... is highly highly appreciated!!!
I validated your feed file using my software and it does appear to be valid. However, I did notice that you do not define any categories in the feed file. Hopefully, you've defined then through the developer portal using the tags you specified in the feed file. Your videos and thumbnails are both accessible so, there's no problem with Amazon S3. However, you should consider using Amazon's CloudFront caching service for streaming your content.
Some things to try:
I know that you cannot stream directly from YouTube. Have you tried using a thumbnail image that's stored on AWS?
Check that your categories on the Developer Portal reference the tags you specified in the feed file.
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Thank you very much for the reply, it is highly appreciated.
1. I can try to upload the images on AWS and see if that will help, although I used to do that same Youtube image url and it seems to work before, but I will try your suggestion. 2. I did specify the category/ies on the Roku Developer section together with the Tags specified on the feed, I might try to specify Category/ies via feed and see if this will fix it.
Not really sure why it is not showing anything on my device. I had to scan the feed and compare with the other ones that are working and they seem be in accordance (except inclusion of Category which I define via Roku Developer Admin).
I will try both suggestion and will update post if anything happens.
My guess is Youtube doesn't work for the images. Reason being it also doesn't work for video hosting, due to a URL shortening format. I read that the videos URL (example: www.youtube.com/video/1b4hts879x024 is generally a shortened or redirect to the true URL path, which is more along the lines of youtube.com/path/videos/user198376/video=19273464828992 or something like that. Essentially, much, much longer.
Wouldn't surprise me if the same thing happens as a result with images. I think there's server side scripting redirecting it to its native URL path, but the redirect doesn't work via Roku. Something like that. I would try another image host or hosting them at AWS