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mitchstein
Level 7

a great idea for direct publisher.....

In the old sdk I put in a single line in the brightscript that everytime someone started watching a video that basically called up an html page on my server and sent the video ID to the page.. this way I was able to keep track of what videos were being played by roku users.. it's a simple url call ...

http://www.yourdomain.com/rokutrack.asp?videoid=xxxx

Would be a simple add on for the developers at roku for direct publisher and would be invaluable to us!!
the player doesn't even have to pause for the url to load as there would be nothing to display to the user so it shouldn't have any significant impact on performance of the channel..
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rovidx_media
Level 7

Re: a great idea for direct publisher.....

There should be no reason you couldn't do the same thing.  Just replace your video file URL with http://www.yourdomain.com/rokutrack.asp?videoid=xxxx and redirect it to the the HLS/MP4/etc file.

It's something I'm toying around with for the WP Smart TV, but I haven't tested with DP yet.
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Baradanikto
Level 9

Re: a great idea for direct publisher.....

Are you aware that the Developer Portal contains channel stats?  They include video viewing and performance.
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mitchstein
Level 7

Re: a great idea for direct publisher.....

"rovidx_media" wrote:
There should be no reason you couldn't do the same thing.  Just replace your video file URL with http://www.yourdomain.com/rokutrack.asp?videoid=xxxx and redirect it to the the HLS/MP4/etc file.

It's something I'm toying around with for the WP Smart TV, but I haven't tested with DP yet.

I wasn't aware you could do that, I thought the video url field had to contain a video... Learn something new everyday...
I had done this with old sdk just by adding one line of brightscript that called up the page, and then when they exited the video it called up another url to remove the video from the list of active videos..

Basically I keep a running stat of videos playing now, and what not..
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mitchstein
Level 7

Re: a great idea for direct publisher.....

"Baradanikto" wrote:
Are you aware that the Developer Portal contains channel stats?  They include video viewing and performance.

Yeah, but it's not real time.. Right now I have a page that displays who is on my webpage and what they are doing on the website in real time (or so). But the stats do not include roku traffic. Since roku is now doing as well as the webpages I'd like to include those views in the stats, plus each video has a views total, minutes total etc etc.. I like it in real time and not have to run a manual script or a real elaborate one that will eventually fail and require me to have to do more work...

I work hard at being lazy.. lol
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