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Why Radiant Media Player cannot be used with Roku development platform?

Roku development platform does not allow for HTML5 apps to be published. We also cannot create WebView from native code (BrightScript). As such HTML5 video player like Radiant Media Player cannot be used to build Roku channels.

Worry not however, Roku has a no-code approach to creating your own channel: Direct Publisher.

What is Roku Direct Publisher and how to use it?

If you are using Radiant Media Player then you already have your content hosted on the cloud and prepared for streaming in HLS, DASH or MP4/WebM progressive download.

Using Roku Direct Publisher tools you can simply create a Roku channel while using your HLS, DASH or progressive download content. No code is required. Everything is done through an easy-to-follow wizard that guides content owners and publishers through each step of creating a branded Roku channel—without writing a single line of code.

Here are the features available with Roku Direct Publisher:

  • Create a branded channel for Roku devices
  • Support for adaptive streaming protocols HLS and DASH
  • Support for H.264, H.265, VP8 and VP9 video codes
  • Support for closed captions (TTML, WebVTT, SRT)
  • Playlist (manually ordered categories inside your channel)
  • Live and on-demand streaming
  • Video ads that include pre, mid or post roll advertisements - Roku offers Inventory Split or Roku Sales Representation Program options

All of this can be accomplished by creating your own Direct Publisher Feed (JSON) and submit it for approval to Roku.

The main feature that is currently unavailable in Roku Direct Publisher is DRM support. If you need DRM support for your Roku channel then you will need to implement a custom channel, use Roku BrightScript scripts with its UI framework, SceneGraph. BrightScript is a scripting language that helps you implement a channel customized for your audience and your media.

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