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Where or how to Learn to build a Roku Channel

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Lately a big buzz around Roku channels so I tough I will try to learn how to build my own channel.

What would be the fastest ( maybe also cheap ) way to do it properly?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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AaronMSpelling
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Re: Where or how to Learn to build a Roku Channel

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Hi @bio  , i had the same "dilemma" like 2 years ago , i don't know what others did or do , i can tell you what i did. 

I stared researching , Option 1 was Roku - they have a very good KB with a lot of information but required coding to build the json feed ( something that i wanted to avoid if it would be possible ) so i tough the someone must have made a software to make this easy , so i researched some more , tested some software's and apps  , then found the perfect one for me ( you know how it is , what is  good for me it;s not necessarily good for others ... ). They had a lot of tutorials so  learned what i could about what and how to do , what is the proper way to set up a Roku account and channel. Since then if i have all the info i can submit a channel for approval in about 30 minutes.

So you can learn coding or you can research some "help".

Hope it helps.

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

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AaronMSpelling
Level 12

Re: Where or how to Learn to build a Roku Channel

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Hi @bio  , i had the same "dilemma" like 2 years ago , i don't know what others did or do , i can tell you what i did. 

I stared researching , Option 1 was Roku - they have a very good KB with a lot of information but required coding to build the json feed ( something that i wanted to avoid if it would be possible ) so i tough the someone must have made a software to make this easy , so i researched some more , tested some software's and apps  , then found the perfect one for me ( you know how it is , what is  good for me it;s not necessarily good for others ... ). They had a lot of tutorials so  learned what i could about what and how to do , what is the proper way to set up a Roku account and channel. Since then if i have all the info i can submit a channel for approval in about 30 minutes.

So you can learn coding or you can research some "help".

Hope it helps.

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

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Baradanikto
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Re: Where or how to Learn to build a Roku Channel

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Roku provides two ways to develop a channel.  You can use the SDK (Software Development Kit) with the Brightscript programming language, or, you can use the Direct Publisher platform.  I've used both, but, I prefer the DP platform since it's actually much easier and faster to develop a channel.  There are, however, limitations to what you can do with your channel if you develop it with DP.  Those limitations do not exist if you use the SDK.  If you do not have a programming background, do not use the SDK as there is a steep learning curve.

I recommend the DP solution because it is as easy as creating (and maintaining) a "feed file" that defines the content of your channel.  The feed file is a textual file that defines the movies, series, short form videos, tv specials, and live feeds that make up your channel.  You are not required to define all of them.  Only the ones that meet your requirements.

There's lots of "tools" avaliable to develop your channel.  You'll need to consider your budget and whether you want a free solution, or, a paid solution.  You should be able to find what you need by searching this forum.

Post again if you have more questions.

 

FREE Windows desktop software for creating BIF (Trick Play), Direct Publisher (MRSS, JSON), and FireTV feeds @ GitHub/rrirower. No programming knowledge required.
bio
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Re: Where or how to Learn to build a Roku Channel

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thank you

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AaronMSpelling
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Re: Where or how to Learn to build a Roku Channel

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just do a proper research and see what fits your needs better. Like @Baradanikto  said  , there are some tools out there. See what is best for what you need. Just drop a message if you need more info.

Have fun.

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