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podworx
Level 7

Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

Hello,

We have an existing Roku Channel that was created using the SDK.  We would like to replace it with a Direct Publisher-based Channel.  Same URL, same placement in the channel store, and still using existing analytics.  For folks already subscribed to the existing channel, when the new RDP channel is launched, it replaces the previous content/layout.

I don't see how I make that switch.

Is it possible?  If so, how do I do so?
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Baradanikto
Level 9

Re: Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

Direct Publisher uses a feed file to drive the channel.  You'll need to create and manage either an MRSS or JSON feed file that describes your channel content.  Having said that, you should be aware that Direct Publisher does not currently support a subscription model.
Windows desktop software for creating and managing MRSS, JSON, and FireTV feeds @ https://rrirower.wixsite.com/software. No Programming, JSON or MRSS knowledge required.
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podworx
Level 7

Re: Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

"Baradanikto" wrote:
Direct Publisher uses a feed file to drive the channel.  You'll need to create and manage either an MRSS or JSON feed file that describes your channel content.  Having said that, you should be aware that Direct Publisher does not currently support a subscription model.

I would like to completely replace the existing channel w/ the new channel developed w/ DP.  Is that possible?  Can I go into the Manage Channel section, select the channel in question, and say, "Stop using the SDK version, now use the DP version"?
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Baradanikto
Level 9

Re: Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

I've never done that. But, if I was switching from SDK to Direct Publisher, I would create it as a separate test channel first. Then, when the "kinks" are all worked out, I'd publish it and remove the old SDK channel.
Windows desktop software for creating and managing MRSS, JSON, and FireTV feeds @ https://rrirower.wixsite.com/software. No Programming, JSON or MRSS knowledge required.
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podworx
Level 7

Re: Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

"Baradanikto" wrote:
I've never done that. But, if I was switching from SDK to Direct Publisher, I would create it as a separate test channel first. Then, when the "kinks" are all worked out, I'd publish it and remove the old SDK channel.

Understood.  The challenge is we want people already viewing our existing channel to keep the same "channel url" but just see the new content.  IOW, I don't want all the people who are currently viewers to suddenly lose their existing channel and then have to go find and add the new version.
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Baradanikto
Level 9

Re: Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

That shouldn't be a concern. Each channel is defined by a unique character code, so, the new channel can't suddenly replace the old one. Consider placing some kind of announcement in the SDK channel that as of a certain date all video will be available in the new channel only. That would give your viewers ample time to switch.
Windows desktop software for creating and managing MRSS, JSON, and FireTV feeds @ https://rrirower.wixsite.com/software. No Programming, JSON or MRSS knowledge required.
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podworx
Level 7

Re: Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

So, bottom line, I can't replace the old w/ the new?
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Baradanikto
Level 9

Re: Switching Channel from SDK to Direct Publisher

There's nothing in the Developer Portal that acts like the switch you're looking for.  You can replace the 'new' with the 'old', but, not the way you'd like.  It will take some logistics, but, it can be done with what I have mentioned.
Windows desktop software for creating and managing MRSS, JSON, and FireTV feeds @ https://rrirower.wixsite.com/software. No Programming, JSON or MRSS knowledge required.
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